Dental Hygiene (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (DHU BS)
Unit: School of Dentistry (SD)
Program: Dental Hygiene

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program is a four-year program with a Lower and Upper Division. Students complete the lower division requirements on the Belknap campus and then apply for competitive admission to the Dental Hygiene Upper Division which is housed in the School of Dentistry on the Health Sciences Center Campus.

Because the program is housed within a school of dentistry, hygiene students learn their skills in a context that emphasizes their important place in the dental health team.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
(13 hours of General Education requirements may be satisfied through coursework required by the degree program)
Lower Division Pre-Professional Curriculum 136
Upper Division Professional Curriculum66
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission into the Dental Hygiene program is a tiered process: Lower and Upper Division. Students apply to the Lower Division to complete general education and program pre-requisite courses on the Belknap Campus. Students apply to the Upper Division to complete the professional component of the Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Degree Program on the HSC Campus.

Admission to the Lower Division does not guarantee admission to the Upper Division. Admission to the Upper Division is competitive.   

Please refer to catalog pages containing admissions details for the Dental Hygiene program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and should be taken to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Chemistry - S 1
Chemistry for Health Professionals - S
Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S 1
Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL 1
Contemporary Mathematics - QR
College Algebra - QR
Introduction to Psychology - SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed on the Overview tab, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program.

College/School Requirements

Dental Hygiene Lower Division Curriculum

CHEM 101Introduction to Chemistry - S3
or CHEM 105 Chemistry for Health Professionals - S
BIOL 102Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S3
BIOL 104Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL1
MATH 105Contemporary Mathematics - QR3
or MATH 111 College Algebra - QR
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
DHED 101Dental Hygiene Academic Orientation1
BIOL 257Introduction to Microbiology - S 13
BIOL 260Human Anatomy & Physiology I 13
BIOL 261Human Anatomy & Physiology II 13
BIOL 262Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 11
HSS 303Human Nutrition 13
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3
Elementary Statistics - QR
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Select one of the following Sociology courses:3
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Social Problems - D1, SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB
Race in the United States - D1, SB
Elective(s) 23
Minimum Total Hours36

Program/Major Requirements

Dental Hygiene Upper Division Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
FallHours
DHED 301 Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DHED 302 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice I 2
DHED 303 Dental Anatomy 2
DHED 304 Radiography 2
DHED 305 Structural Biology of Head and Neck 3
DHED 307 Physical Diagnosis and Medical Management 3
 Hours15
Spring
DHED 308 Pre-Clinical Radiography 1
DHED 309 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHED 310 Periodontology 3
DHED 311 Dental Materials 3
DHED 312 Oral Health Education 2
DHED 313 Dental Hygiene Theory II 3
DHED 314 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice II 3
 Hours18
Summer
DHED 315 Pain and Anxiety Control 3
DHED 316 Community Dental Health I 2
 Hours5
Year 4
Fall
DHED 402 Pharmacology 3
DHED 404 Special Needs Patients 2
DHED 405 Advanced Periodontology I 1
DHED 406 Community Dental Health II 2
DHED 407 Advanced Technology and Patient Care Procedures I 2
DHED 408 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice III 4
DHED 409 Clinical Radiography I 1
DHED 403 Evidenced Based Practice 1
 Hours16
Spring
DHED 410 Advanced Radiology 1
DHED 411 Clinical Radiography II 1
DHED 412 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice IV 4
DHED 413 Advanced Periodontology II 1
DHED 414 Advanced Technology and Patient Care Procedures II 1
DHED 415 Dental Hygiene Ethics and Practice Mangement 2
DHED 417 Dental Hygiene Extramural Education 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours66

Students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all Dental Hygiene Upper Division Clinical and Science courses. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Dental Hygiene Extramural Education

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
DHED 101 Dental Hygiene Academic Orientation 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
BIOL 102 Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S 3
BIOL 104 Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL 1
CHEM 101
Introduction to Chemistry - S
or Chemistry for Health Professionals - S
3-4
MATH 105
Contemporary Mathematics - QR
or College Algebra - QR
3
 Hours14-15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
BIOL 257 Introduction to Microbiology - S 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 260 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
MATH 109
Elementary Statistics - QR (QR requirement must be previously satisfied to select PSYC 301 or SOC 301)
or Statistics for Psychology
or Introduction to Social Statistics
3
HSS 303 Human Nutrition 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
 Hours12
Spring
BIOL 261 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIOL 262 Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1
SOC 202
Social Problems - D1, SB
or Race in the United States - D1, SB
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Elective(s), Ethics course recommended 3
 Hours13
Year 3
Fall
DHED 301 Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DHED 302 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice I 2
DHED 303 Dental Anatomy 2
DHED 304 Radiography 2
DHED 305 Structural Biology of Head and Neck 3
DHED 307 Physical Diagnosis and Medical Management 3
 Hours15
Spring
DHED 308 Pre-Clinical Radiography 1
DHED 309 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHED 310 Periodontology 3
DHED 311 Dental Materials 3
DHED 312 Oral Health Education 2
DHED 313 Dental Hygiene Theory II 3
DHED 314 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice II 3
 Hours18
Summer
DHED 315 Pain and Anxiety Control 3
DHED 316 Community Dental Health I 2
 Hours5
Year 4
Fall
DHED 402 Pharmacology 3
DHED 404 Special Needs Patients 2
DHED 405 Advanced Periodontology I 1
DHED 406 Community Dental Health II 2
DHED 407 Advanced Technology and Patient Care Procedures I 2
DHED 408 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice III 4
DHED 409 Clinical Radiography I 1
DHED 403 Evidenced Based Practice 1
 Hours16
Spring
DHED 410 Advanced Radiology 1
DHED 411 Clinical Radiography II 1
DHED 412 Dental Hygiene Principles of Practice IV 4
DHED 413 Advanced Periodontology II 1
DHED 414 Advanced Technology and Patient Care Procedures II 1
DHED 415 Dental Hygiene Ethics and Practice Mangement 2
DHED 417 Dental Hygiene Extramural Education 2
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours120-121

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