University of Southern Indiana

Emily Holt

Emily Holt, RDH, MHA, CDA, EFDA

Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene/Assisting
Dental Hygiene Program

Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene/Assisting
Dental Assisting Program

Health Professions Center - 2051

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment

About Me

I began my career in dental education at the University of Southern Indiana immediately upon graduation with my B.S. degree in 2001.  After working six years in private practice, I began full time employment at the University of Southern Indiana.  In addition to teaching my courses, I also teach a certificate program on local anesthesia for dental hygienists who are already in practice.  I serve on the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions' Faculty Review Committee in addition to other responsibilities.  In 2008 I became a consultant member of the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, now known as the Commission on Dental Competency and Assessment.  As a consultant, I travel to dental hygiene programs across the United States to examine dental hygiene students while they take their clinical board examination.

Education and Certifications

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, 2000

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Education/Health Services, 2001

Master of Health Administration, 2003


  • Registered Dental Hygienist in Indiana, 2000
  • Local Anesthesia Permit in Indiana, 2011
  • Certified Dental Assistant in U.S.A., 2008
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification, 2012


  • DTHY 313 Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • DTHY 322 Periodontology
  • DTHY 405 General and Oral Pathology
  • DTHY 422 Clinical Application of Periodontology
  • DTHY 423 Pain Management in Dentistry
  • DTHY 441 Dental Hygiene Theory III
  • DTHY 451 Dental Hygiene Theory IV
  • DTHY 452 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV
  • DTAS 111 Oral Pathology
  • DTAS 291 Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

Research Interests

Interprofessional Collaboration Between Dental Hygiene and Nursing Students

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Educational Methodology Mentoring for Dental Hygiene Adjunct Faculty Members

Interprofessional Collaboration Between Dental Hygiene and Dietetics Students

Dental Hygiene Students’ Perceptions of Addictions and Working with Individuals with Addictions 

Recent Publications

Holt E, Potts T, Toon R, Yoder M. Oral Manifestations of Cancer Therapies: Advice for the Medical Team. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. February 2015.

Holt E, Hoebeke R. Shine A Light. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. September 2012.

Parsons K, Holt E. Shape Your Future with an E-Portfolio. Access. May-June 2012.

Holt E, Carl Wolf D. Identifying and Treating the Oral Effects of Methamphetamine Use. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. March/April 2012.

Holt E, Werner S. An Inclusive Dental Hygiene Case of a Recovered Methamphetamine Addict. Access. April 2012.

Womack M, Holt, E. Oral Cancer Awareness in Women Recovering from Addictions. Access. November 2010.


Professional Organizations

American Dental Education Association

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