Prospective Students

Degree Planning and Milestones

To help you plan your four years in the dental hygiene program, here are some goals for your studies and a sample schedule:

Freshman and Sophomore Years (general education and science coursework):

You will enroll as a pre-dental hygiene major and take courses in the university’s General Education (GE) curriculum and natural sciences that will be used as a foundation for the professional program. You’ll need to plan carefully and work with your advisor to meet these program prerequisites in two years.

You’ll apply for admission to the professional program during autumn semester of your sophomore year; all applicants are notified of their admission decision during spring semester. Successful applicants will enter the dental hygiene major in autumn semester of the junior year.

Junior and Senior Years (professional program):

The professional program requires two years of full-time study, including the summer term following the junior year. It includes dental and dental hygiene sciences, pre-clinic laboratory, clinical experiences and research methods.

As a dental hygiene student, you provide important patient care to our community. Our dental clinic is open during some university breaks, and you may be required to participate in clinic even when other university classes are not in session.

Freshman year (pre-dental hygiene)

  • C– or higher in English 1110, Math, and at least three of the six required sciences
  • Successful completion of 30 semester hours
  • Maintain competitive science grade point average and overall grade point average
  • Confirm choice of major by completing 20 hours of observation of dental hygienists in private practice.

Sophomore year (pre-dental hygiene)

  • C– or higher in all required basics sciences
  • Successful completion of all program prerequisites
  • Submit program application during autumn semester; applicants will be notified of their admission status during spring semester
  • Maintain competitive science grade point average and overall grade point average

Junior year

  • C– or higher in all required dental hygiene courses
  • Maintain dental hygiene grade point average and overall grade point average above 2.0
  • Maintain clinical grade point average of 2.5 or above

Senior year

  • C– or higher in all required dental hygiene courses
  • Successful completion of area of specialization
  • Maintain dental hygiene grade point average and overall grade point average above 2.0
  • Maintain clinical grade point average of 2.5 or above

 

Sample Schedule – Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Legacy GE

Semester 1 - Autumn

Semester 2 - Spring

DHY 1100
Math 1148 (1116 or above)
Biology 1101
GE (Psych 1100)
GE (VPA)

Chemistry 1110
English 1110
Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310
GE (Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500)

Semester 3 - Autumn

Semester 4 - Spring

Anatomy 2300
Microbiology 4000.01
GE (2nd writing)
GE (Social Science, Culture or History)
Electives

EEOB 2520
GE (Literature)
GE (Historical Study)
GE (Student Selected)
Electives

Semester 5 - Autumn

Semester 6 - Spring

Summer Term

Dental Hygiene 2110, 2130, 2140, 2150, 2220, 2240, 2300 (17 hours)

Dental Hygiene 2170, 2310, 3110, 3140, 3150, 3160, 3170, 3230 (16 hours)

Dental Hygiene 3180, 3210, 3320, specialization (6-10 hours)

Semester 7 - Autumn

Semester 8 - Spring

Dental Hygiene 3130, 3330, 3410, 4210, 4530
specialization (15–17 hours)

Dental Hygiene 4220, 4240, 4340, 4420,4430,
specialization (14–15 hours)

General Education (GE) courses must be selected from the GE approved course list

 

Sample Schedule – Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - New GE

Semester 1 - Autumn

Semester 2 - Spring

DHY 1100 (1)
Math 1148 (1116 or above) (3-5) – Math & Quant*
Biology 1101, 1110, or 1113 (4) – Prerequisite
GE (Psych 1100) (3) – Social & Behavioral Science*
Race, Ethnic, & Gender Diversity GE (3)
(14-16 hours)

Chemistry 1110 or 1210 (5) – Natural Science*
English 1110 (3) – Writing & Information Literacy*
Human Nutrition 2410, 2210 or 2310 (3) – Prerequisite
Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500) (3) – Prerequisite
GE Launch Seminar (1)
(15 hours)

Semester 3 - Autumn

Semester 4 - Spring

Anatomy 2300 (4) – Prerequisite
Microbiology 4000.01 (4) – Prerequisite
Theme: Citizenship for a Diverse & Just world Theme (3)
Theme: Student Choice (3)
(14 hours)

EEOB 2520 (3) – Prerequisite
GE (Literature/VPA) (3)
GE (Historical Study/Cultures & Ideas) (3)
Theme: Citizenship for a Diverse & Just world Theme (3)
Theme: Student Choice (3)
(15 hours)

Semester 5 - Autumn

Semester 6 - Spring

Dental Hygiene
2110 Oral Anatomy, Tooth Morphology and Occlusion (4)
2130 Oral Radiography (3)
2150 Periodontology (3)
2220 The Profession of Dental Hygiene (1)
2240 Oral Health and Disease Prevention (2)
2300 Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic (4)
(17 hours)

Dental Hygiene
2170 Dental Materials Laboratory (2)
2310 Dental Hygiene Clinic I (4)
2400 Scientific Inquiry (1)
3110 General Pathology and Medicine for Dental Hygiene (2)
3140 Pain and Anxiety Management (2)
3150 Periodontal Therapy (2)
3160 Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene (1)
3170 Dental Materials (1)
3230 Care for Patients with Special Needs (2)
(17 hours)

Summer Term

Dental Hygiene
3180 Medical and Dental Emergencies (1)
3210 Community Oral Health (2)
3320 Dental Hygiene Clinic II (3)
Specialization (6-10 hours)

Semester 7 - Autumn

Semester 8 - Spring

Dental Hygiene
3130 Oral Pathology (2)
3330 Dental Hygiene Clinic III (5)
3400 Research Application and Analysis (2)
4210 Integrated Dental Hygiene Science I (1)
4530 Oral Health Behavior Management (2)
(12 hours)
Specialization credits (2-3 hours)

Dental Hygiene
4220 Integrated Dental Hygiene Science II (1)
4240 Practice Management (2)
4340 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV (5)
4430 Dental Hygiene Practicum (1)
GE Reflection seminar (1)
(10 hours)
Specialization credits (2-3 hours)

*These courses can also fulfill certain GE Requirements and prerequisites for admission to DHY