EOU and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), in partnership with the MODA Health/ODS College of Dental Sciences (ODS) is an innovative private-partnership that enables students to obtain an Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in dental hygiene from OIT. The partnership matches the resources of EOU, ODS, and OIT.
The MODA Health / ODS College of Dental Sciences offers an 18-month cohort program leading to the Associates of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree in dental hygiene from OIT. A.A.S. graduates who wish to complete the bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene can enroll in the online degree completion program offered by OIT.
EOU offers prerequisite and general education courses as outlined by the MODA Health / ODS College of Dental Sciences Dental Hygiene Program. Some non-clinical courses are taught online by OIT faculty in Klamath Falls. Once admitted into the dental hygiene program, students will attend the MODA Health / ODS College of Dental Sciences, located in La Grande, Oregon. MODA Health provides the administrative and educational facility, while OIT provides faculty for classroom and clinical studies.
Pre-dental hygiene coursework may be taken from EOU either on-campus or on-line. Required coursework includes one-year sequences of human anatomy and physiology including labs and introductory chemistry with labs. Prerequisite coursework also includes microbiology with lab, nutrition, college mathematics, general sociology, public speaking, English composition, medical terminology, and an introduction to dental hygiene course. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the pre-dental hygiene adviser when choosing appropriate coursework to be certain all course requirements are being met.