Dental Hygiene

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  • Admission Requirements

    In addition to the admission standards of the institution and the general admission requirements of the School of Health Related Professions, candidates seeking admission to the dental hygiene program must:

    • Have completed a minimum of 57 semester hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocational courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
    • Have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on 4.00 scale (All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeat courses, are used to calculate pre-admission grade point average.);
    • Have completed 8 hours observation of a licensed or registered dental hygienist in two separate clinical environments;
    • Complete an interview and hands-on test;
    • Submit ACT scores;
    • Have completed 12 hours of the science prerequisite courses and 24 of the non-science courses prior to the Feb. 15 application deadline to the program; and,
    • Have successfully completed (a grade of C or better) the following minimum prerequisite number of required courses. 

    Prerequisite courses


      Required Courses  # of Courses# of Hours
      English Composition26
      General Biology or Zoology w/ Lab 1 4
      General Chemistry with Lab 2 8
      College Algebra 1 3
      Fine Arts 1 3
      General Psychology 1 3
      Intro to Sociology 1 3
      Speech 1 3
      Humanities 2 6
      Anatomy and Physiology with Lab* 2 8
      Microbiology with Lab 1 4
      Nutrition 1 3
      Abnormal, Adolescent/Child, Educational or Developmental Psychology 1 3
      Total Prerequisites  
      * One course in anatomy plus 1 course in physiology or anatomy and physiology combined for two courses.

    Program application deadline

    All application documents and application fees must be received by the Office of Student Records and Registrar by Feb. 15. General application information may be found in the General Application Procedures section of the School of Health Related Professions in the UMMC Bulletin.

    The following criteria are utilized in selecting students to the Dental Hygiene program:

    • Overall GPA on prerequisite courses
    • ACT scores
    • Interview scores
    • Completed required courses
    • Hands-on dexterity exercise
    • Observation Form
    • Click here to apply