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Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

University of Maryland Campus

The Dental Program

Dental Hygiene Programs

Advanced Education Programs

Policy Statements

Matriculation Policies/Procedures

Financial Information

Administration and Faculty


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DDS/Dental Hygiene
Adv. Dental Education

Dental Hygiene Programs

General Information
 - Program Mission - Employment Opportunities - Academic Policies/Procedures -Preprofessional/Professional Baccalaureate Program- Degree Completion Baccalaureate Program - MS in Dental Hygiene

General Information 

Jacquelyn Fried, RDH, MS
Dental Hygiene Program Director
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Policy
Student with a patient

The Dental School offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. The baccalaureate degree can be earned in one of two educational programs: the Preprofessional/Professional Program (entry-level program) and the Degree Completion Program (for students who already are RDH's).  The objective of both baccalaureate programs is to imbue the students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to assume positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, educational, research, and community settings. In addition, these programs are designed to provide a foundation for graduate study in dental hygiene or related disciplines.

The dental hygienist, as a member of the oral health care team, strives to improve oral health by providing preventive, therapeutic, and educational services to the public. Clinical dental hygiene services include assessing patients' general and oral health status and correlating oral and systemic findings, conducting periodontal and caries evaluations, removing deposits and stains from teeth, making radiographic images, evaluating patient outcomes, conducting oral cancer screenings, and applying fluorides and sealants. Educational and management services for individuals and/or groups may include tobacco use, prevention, and cessation; providing nutritional and oral hygiene counseling; conducting educational programs; and planning, implementing, and evaluating community oral health programs.


Student explaining flossing techniquesThe mission of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore is to improve the quality of life in Maryland through education, research and service related to health, with special emphasis on improving dental, oral and craniofacial health.

In support of this mission, the Dental Hygiene Program educates future leaders in the profession by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in dental hygiene. The Program provides continuing education for dental and dental hygiene professionals, conducts research relevant to dental hygiene education and practice, and disseminates this knowledge. The Program also provides high quality oral health care services to residents of Maryland and the region, and provides consultative and other services to governmental and private agencies, professional organizations and the community through the leadership and expertise of its faculty and contributions of its students.  The Program endeavors to recruit, retain and develop high quality, productive faculty who accept responsibility for advancing knowledge in the field of dental hygiene.  Faculty foster intellectualism and offer a professional education for dental hygiene students that embodies excellence and relevance.  The faculty strives to prepare graduates who can provide dental hygiene services with competence in any setting in accordance with ethical codes of the profession and statutory provisions for dental hygiene practice.

Employment Opportunities in Dental Hygiene

The majority of dental hygienists are employed in private dental offices. However, there are increasing opportunities in dental hygiene education for those with baccalaureate and graduate degrees; other opportunities are available in community, school, and public health programs; private and public institutions; armed forces; research; private industry; and other special areas of practice.

Current dental hygiene graduates working full-time can anticipate initial annual income of approximately $60,000, depending on the geographic area, responsibilities, type of practice, and general economic conditions.

Academic Policies

Grading Policies

Clinical Grading Criteria

The computer grading program is designed to reflect the following grade definitions:

Evaluation Criteria: Clinical grading is based on the following scale
H (Honors)  - Represents a high level of performance with difficult cases – no improvements necessary
P (Pass)  - Represents acceptable to high level performance with minimally to moderately complex cases – minimal to no improvements necessary.
F (Fail) -  Represents unacceptable level of performance, significant improvements are necessary

Classroom Grading Criteria

The criteria that will be utilized to determine a grade will be specified in each course syllabus.  Most courses use the following scale:

Numerical grades are entered for clinical competencies.  The scale is as follows:












below 66

Grades at the Time of Withdrawal

The following grades are used when students withdraw after the beginning of the course:

WD - Withdraw:  This grade indicates withdrawal during the first half of the course.

WP - Withdraw Pass or WF - Withdraw Fail:  This grade denotes student performance to date when withdrawal occurs after the first half of the course.

1.Information related to the grading criteria for each course is stated in the course syllabus that is distributed at the onset of the course.  Clinically-related dental hygiene courses must be passed with a C grade or better.  A grade of D is considered passing for DHYG 410, 420, 414, 416, 425, and 427. 


A failed course may be repeated once.  If the course is not passed the second time, the student will not be able to continue in the entry level program. 


Students must register and pay tuition for repeated courses.  The original course and grade remain on the transcript but the grade is excluded from the grade point average when the course is repeated. 


 I grade:  An "I" (incomplete) is entered when students have not completed all course requirements (e.g. course extends beyond due date for grade submission, missing exam or assignment).  In the event course work is not completed by the end of the following semester, the "I" will be changed to an F (failing) grade.  This policy does not apply when a student fails a course and needs to retake it in a subsequent semester.

Academic Retention and Advancement

At mid-semester and at the end of each semester, the Dental Hygiene Progression Committee meets to review the progress of each student.  The committee is composed of members of the Dental School administration, dental and dental hygiene faculty.  The Progression Committee utilizes the following policy guidelines in making their decisions.

General Guidelines


The Progression Committee may conditionally advance to the next semester students who are required to remediate or repeat a course or component.


 When a student demonstrates continued unsatisfactory progress toward meeting course or degree requirements, the Progression Committee may recommend to Faculty Council that the student repeat courses or be dismissed.  See Academic Probation below.


Students may appeal actions of the Progression Committee and the Faculty Council by writing to the Dean of the Dental School stating their justification for the appeal.  The Dean may request the Progression Committee to reconsider its decisions and recommendation.


 All preprofessional courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling in the program. Sixteen (16) to twenty (20) of the science credits MUST be complete at the end of the fall semester prior to enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all preprofessional course credits have been properly transferred and recorded on their UMB transcript.


Degree Completion students must ensure that off-campus course transcripts are sent to UMB and properly recorded on their UMB transcript. They must also ensure that all transfer credits are recorded on their UMB transcript.



Remediation may be provided to enable students to master course content in a course.  The course faculty will identify specific areas for remediation.


Students may be permitted to remediate without alteration to their schedule, providing the remediation can be accomplished concurrently with the student's course load.


A specific schedule for completion of remediation will be developed by the respective course director.  A copy of the remediation plan will be given to the division director, course coordinator, faculty and student.  A copy of the plan will be placed in the student's division file.


Original exam and/or assignment grades will be used to calculate the course grade.

Special Scheduling


Students in the three-year curriculum have individualized schedules that incorporate the Professional Curriculum courses in three academic years.


Students who are required to repeat one or more courses may be placed on a modified curriculum plan.  This plan will be based on appropriate course sequencing for clinical and didactic courses.


 Students on modified curriculum plans may require additional semesters to complete the program.

Academic Probation

A student earning a semester GPA below a 2.0 or receiving a course grade of a D or an F will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.  The Progression Committee and Faculty Council may recommend that a student who is on academic probation for two semesters be dismissed from the Dental Hygiene Program.

Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress may be subject to reduction of financial aid.  Policies and procedures are available from the Director of Financial Aid.

Policy for Appeal of Advancement Decisions

Appeals Process

The following guidelines have been established to review appeals of decisions made by the Dental Hygiene Progression Committee, or in cases of dismissal, decisions made by the Faculty Assembly.  This mechanism will not be used to dispute the published advancement guidelines which have been approved by the Faculty Council.

1. A student wishing to appeal an advancement or dismissal decision must initiate the appeal process within 5 working days of receiving written notification from the Office of Academic Affairs regarding Progression Committee decisions, or from the Dean regarding dismissal decisions made by the Faculty Assembly.   In this written appeal, the student must present evidence of compelling additional information or extenuating circumstances not previously considered and the reason why the information was not previously presented.  The written appeal must include: the decision the student is appealing; the specific basis for the appeal, including appropriate supporting documentation; and the academic status that the student is requesting. The student may present and prioritize more than one alternative.

2. The appeal, which must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs will be reviewed by a panel composed of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and the Chair of the Dental Hygiene Progression Committee.

3. The review panel will determine whether the student’s written appeal meets the criteria outlined above. Should the panel determine that an appeal lacks the required evidence, the appeal will be denied.   In these circumstances, there is no further appeal.

4. Should the panel determine that an appeal meets the required criteria outlined above, the panel will forward the appeal to the Progression Committee for its consideration. 

5. The Dental Hygiene Progression Committee will meet within ten working days, when possible, of receiving the initial appeal request from the review panel. 

6. The Committee will issue a written decision within five days of its meeting, when possible. The Committee’s decision is final and there is no further appeal. The Committee’s decision shall be forwarded to the Faculty Council for information.



Students are expected to be in all assigned clinics whether or not a patient is scheduled.  If a student does not have a patient, options for volunteer blocks are described in the clinical course outlines.


 It is the student's responsibility to notify the Division of Dental Hygiene office, 410-706-7773, when he/she will not be able to attend a mandatory class or clinic.  The student must contact patients and cancel appointments as soon as he/she knows he/she will be unable to attend a clinic session.


Students are required to complete an absence form (available from the DHYG Administrative Assistant, Room 2102) for all absences and schedule make up of work missed.


Course specific attendance policies are described in each course syllabus.


Students must register for coursework each semester in order to maintain degree candidacy.  The Dental School Office of Academic Affairs distributes specific information about registration prior to registration dates.
Those students who advance register and subsequently decide not to attend must notify both the  Dental Hygiene Program and the Office of Academic Affairs prior to the first day of classes. 

If the Office of Academic Affairs has not been notified by 4:30 p.m. of the last day before classes begin, it is assumed that the student plans to attend and the student assumes financial obligations for that semester.

Students may advance-register on-line through the Student UseR Friendly System (SURFS).  After classes begin, students who wish to add/drop or withdraw must follow the university procedures and should contact the Dental Hygiene Office to initiate the process.  Students who are registered for classes at other USM campuses must also follow the add/drop and withdrawal procedures at those campuses.
Students will be exempt from campus-sponsored health insurance if they present proof of comparable coverage to the Office of Student and Employee Health once each year.  If such proof is not received by the Office of Student and Employee Health, the student will be required to pay for the student policy.

Students who take courses at other USM campuses while enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program must register at both UMB and the other campus. Inter-campus registration forms may be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs.

All courses taken at other institutions that are to be used toward graduation requirements must be documented via official transcripts submitted to the Office of the Registrar.  Each student must assume responsibility for submitting all necessary transcripts.

Tuition and Fee Payment Policy

UMB’s tuition and fees policy stipulates that all tuition and fees are due and payable on or before the due date stipulated on the bill issued by the Office of Student Accounting.  Any student who does not make payment to the Cashier's Office by the due date may be denied class attendance.

Students will not be permitted to register (advance or arena registration) if they have outstanding bills.  Students who are not officially registered may not be permitted to attend any classes or clinics.

Degree Requirements


A minimum of 120 credits* is required for graduation from both the entry-level and Degree Completion BS programs. 


A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.


All courses must be passed according to course/program guidelines. 


A diploma application must be filed with the Director of Records and Registration, University of Maryland Baltimore before the stated deadline in order to receive the diploma at Commencement.


Should a student desire or be compelled to withdraw from the School at any time, she/he must:


arrange an appointment to meet with the Department Chair and Program Director;


write a brief letter to the Department Chair and Program Director explaining the reason for withdrawal;


secure a withdrawal form from the Department Chair and obtain the appropriate signature from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Dean's Office, Dental School; and


submit the signed withdrawal form to the Office of Academic Affairs, Dental School.

Readmission to the Dental Hygiene Program

Subsequent to dismissal or withdrawal for academic deficiencies, with extenuating circumstances, readmission may be sought by reapplication to the Dental Hygiene Program.  In order to initiate the readmission procedure, the former student shall submit a letter, with supporting documents, (current application, etc.) indicating the reasons for reconsideration, to the Office of Admissions and Career Advancement, requesting readmission to the Dental Hygiene Program.  Students dismissed for violations of the Professional Code of Conduct are ineligible for readmission.

Once the letter of application has been processed by the Office of Admission and Career Advancement, the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions will consider the student for readmission.  The process of reconsideration will or may include a careful review of the student’s academic record, a study of the reasons for readmission, an assessment of the student’s potential for academic progress in the future, and consultation with the appropriate departments, the advancement committee, and administrative and non-administrative faculty members within the Dental School.  Recommendations relative to the readmission will be referred to the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and Career Advancement for final decision and notification, including conditions for readmission, where appropriate.  Decisions resulting from due process of this policy are not subject to appeal.

Preprofessional/Professional Baccalaureate Program

This program consists of two main parts: a two-year preprofessional curriculum at one of the University of Maryland campuses or at another accredited college, community college or university, and a two- or three-year professional curriculum at the Dental School, University of Maryland.

Two-Year Preprofessional Curriculum 

A listing of the courses and credit hour requirements for the preprofessional curriculum follows. These courses provide a foundation in basic sciences, social sciences, and general education. Students are encouraged to contact with the dental hygiene advisor each semester to ensure appropriate course scheduling.




English Composition                                                       



Inorganic Chemistry



Organic Chemistry


General Biology


General Psychology


General Sociology


Public Speaking 



Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II





Principles of Nutrition






Social Sciences








These courses must include a laboratory and meet the requirements for science majors. Survey or terminal courses for nonscience majors are not acceptable for transfer.


Humanities: Courses must be selected from the following areas: literature, philosophy, history, fine arts, speech, math, or language.


Social Sciences: General psychology and sociology are required; the remaining six credits should be selected from courses in psychology, sociology, computer science, government and politics, or anthropology.

Application and Admission Procedures

High school students who wish to enroll in the preprofessional curriculum should request applications directly from the admissions office of any of the University of Maryland campuses or any accredited college, community college, or university.

It is recommended that those preparing for a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene pursue an academic program in high school that includes courses in biology, chemistry, algebra, and social sciences. Applicants should note the University of Maryland policy concerning prevention and management of student and employee infection with bloodborne pathogens, page 00, and the Dental School=s technical standards for admission and matriculation, page 00. In addition, individuals who have a prior or subsequent conviction or nolo contendre plea for a felony may encounter denial or removal of licensure to practice dental hygiene after graduation.

Two- and Three-Year Professional Curricula

Two-Year Professional Curriculum

The professional curriculum includes clinical and didactic courses in the Dental School. Throughout these two years, dental hygiene students work concurrently with dental students to provide patient care.

During the first year, students expand on their preprofessional basic science knowledge as it pertains to dental hygiene practice. In both laboratory and clinical settings, the students begin to develop the skills, knowledge and judgment necessary to collect data for patient treatment; assess each patient's oral health status; and select and provide preventive, therapeutic, and educational services based on the individual needs of the patient.

During the second year, students demonstrate increasing proficiency and self-direction in assessing patients' oral health status, planning and providing clinical services and identifying the need for consultation and referral. To enrich their educational experiences, students provide educational and/or clinical services in Dental School specialty clinics and a variety of community settings, such as hospitals; schools; and facilities for the handicapped, chronically ill, and aged. Dental hygiene students also have an opportunity to work with dental students as primary providers for the physically disabled, mentally handicapped, and individuals with serious medical conditions or infectious diseases. Senior students also take courses in education, research, and management that enable them to develop fundamental skills that are necessary for various career options within the profession.

Junior Year

Semester 1


DHYG 311

Prevention and Control of Oral Disease I    



Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy



Oral Histology and Embryology


DHYG 312MMicrobiology1.5
DHYG 314Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist I


DHYG 316*Oral Radiology




Junior Year

Semester 2


DHYG 321

Prevention and Control of Oral Disease II 


DHYG 323

Care and Management of the Special Patient


DHYG 324

Methods and Materials in Dentistry


DHYG 326

Oral Radiology II


DHYG 327

Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist II



General and Oral Pathology


DPHR 325General Pharmacology and Therapeutics



Senior Year

Semester 1


DHYG 322

Community Oral Health


DHYG 411

Advanced Clinical Practice I


DHYG 412Perspectives of Dental Hygiene Practice      


DHYG 413

Community Service Learning I


DHYG 416

Introduction to Oral Health Research



Senior Year

Semester 2


DHYG 414Educational Program Development              


DHYG 425

Issues in Health Care Delivery


DHYG 421

Advanced Clinical Practice II 


DHYG 427

Health Care Management



Three-Year Professional Curriculum Option

Although most students complete the professional curriculum in two years as outlined, a three-year professional curriculum option is offered. This three-year plan is a modification in the sequence and number of professional courses taken each semester. This curriculum can be an attractive option for students who may wish to lighten their academic load due to family or work commitments. Students admitted to this curriculum must have the recommendation of the program advisor and approval of the admissions committee. Students enrolled in this curriculum may not have full-time status for one or more semesters of the program. This may influence their eligibility for financial aid and student insurance discounts.

Application and Admission Procedures
College students enrolled in the preprofessional curriculum should communicate regularly with the dental hygiene Admissions Director at the Dental School to ensure that the courses selected satisfy the degree requirements. Applications can be obtained online at  Applications for enrollment in the fall semester at the Baltimore campus are accepted from November 1 to February 15.  Courses must be completed at the end of the semester prior to enrollment.

A minimum grade point average of 2.9 in the preprofessional curriculum is required, and preference will be given to those students who have high scholastic averages, especially in science courses. A science grade point average of 3.0 is generally encouraged for acceptance.

Enrollment at another University of Maryland campus or completion of the preprofessional curriculum does not guarantee admission to the professional curriculum at the Dental School. Enrollment in the dental hygiene program is limited.

Students who are offered admission will be required to send a deposit of $200 with a letter of intent to enroll. This deposit will be credited toward tuition at registration, but will not be refunded in the event of failure to enroll.

Projected Average Expenditures

In addition to the expenses of tuition and fees listed on the Student Accounts pages (, junior dental hygiene students (depending on site and specific program) should estimate spending $1,800 on instrument service, uniforms, and supplies and $600 on textbooks. Senior dental hygiene students should estimate spending $1,500 on instrument service and supplies, $300 on textbooks and $600 on regional and national board examination fees. Field experiences in both the junior and senior years may entail additional costs for travel and/or parking at sites outside the Dental School.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene must complete the preprofessional and the professional curricula as outlined. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, complete a total of 120 credits, and satisfy all financial obligations to the University to be eligible for graduation.

National and Regional Board Examinations

Clinical and comprehensive written examinations are given in the spring of the senior year. Successful completion of these exams is necessary to obtain a license to practice dental hygiene.


DHYG 311. Prevention and Control of Oral Disease I (6). The basic foundation for clinical dental hygiene practice as it relates to the Dental Hygiene Process of Care. Emphasis is placed on dental hygiene care including: treatment planning, oral health education for the patient and provision of dental hygiene services. Simulation and clinical experiences provide the opportunity for practical application of the principles and procedures for the identification, prevention and control of oral diseases. Small group, audiovisual and on-line activities enhance the didactic portion of this class.

DHYG 312A. Head, Neck, and Dental Anatomy (3).  This on-line course presents the basic concepts and structures of head and neck anatomy.  A detailed module on dental anatomy is also included.  Emphasis is placed on those subjects relevant to clinical practice. Specifically, the student utilizes the knowledge and understanding of this subject matter within the clinical environment. 

DHYG 312H Oral Histology & Embryology (1.5). This on-line course presents material through the technological medium, Blackboard, that allows students to progress at their own pace through a series of modules. It includes a detailed presentation of head and neck histology in addition to a review of basic histology. The subject matter includes a review of basic tissues; the embryologic development of the face and oral cavity; odontogenesis; tooth enamel, dentin, cementum and pulp; periodontal ligament and alveolus, and tooth eruption and shedding of primary teeth.

DHYG 312M. Microbiology (1.5). As most oral diseases have microbiological etiologicies, it is important that the dental hygienist understand how they develop, how the oral microorganisms cause tissue disruption, and how to best manage the diseases. This module begins with general ecological principles involving oral microorganisms, dental plaque and other oral biofilms and continues with prevalent oral diseases, dental caries and periodontal diseases.

DHYG 314. Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist I (2). The study of the etiology, diagnosis, and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, as well as the anatomy and morphology of the tooth root and surrounding supportive structures are presented in lecture and discussion sessions.

DHYG 316. Oral Radiology I (1 ) and DHYG 326 Oral Radiology II (1).   By means of lecture, laboratory, and clinical activities, the students are introduced to the science of ionizing radiation; the production and effects of X-rays; and the various techniques of oral roentgenography. Students gain experience exposing, processing, mounting, assessing the diagnostic quality of and interpreting radiographs. The rationale and practices to ensure radiation safety are stressed throughout the course.

DHYG 321. Prevention and Control of Oral Diseases II (5). The study of principles and procedures for the prevention of oral diseases, including dental health education, oral hygiene measures, dietary control of dental disease, use of fluorides, sealants, and the oral prophylaxis are presented in lecture, discussion, and clinical sessions.

DHYG 322. Community Oral Health (3). Methods of determining community oral health status, identifying barriers to optimum health, and selecting appropriate interventions are presented concurrently with community program planning activities. The course emphasizes the role of the dental hygienist in community oral health.

DHYG 323. Care and Management of the Special Patient (2). Through classroom discussion, reading assignments, and independent study, students develop an understanding of the care and management of special patients for whom routine care may be complicated by age or complex health factors.

DHYG 324. Methods and Materials in Dentistry (2). An introduction to the science of dental materials, including the composition and utilization of dental materials as they apply to clinical dental hygiene procedures, dental assisting, and patient education, is presented in lecture, class discussion, and laboratory format.

DHYG 327. Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist II (2). The study of the diseases of the periodontium focusing on the management, therapeutics, and prevention of periodontal diseases is presented through lecture and classroom discussion.
DPHR 325. General Pharmacology and Oral Therapeutics (3). The study of drugs and their use in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of disease; the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and mechanism of action of drugs; and drug interactions, rationale for use, indications, and contraindications are presented through Internet and class discussion. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of this information to providing patient care.

DHYG 328A. General and Oral Pathology (3).   This is a lecture, clinical pathologic conference format course.  The course includes an overview of general pathology, emphasizing the main features of various forms of disease.  The diagnostic process and the recognition of numerous head and neck disorders follow the overview.

DHYG 411-421. Advanced Clinical Practice I and II (5-5). Clinical experiences in principles and procedures of dental hygiene practice are provided in general practice clinics through both recall and co-therapy treatment programs with dental students. Students may participate in alternative practice settings through block assignments to dental specialty clinics within the School. Students also participate in  translational cases with dental students and prepare and present their own patient case.  Honors sections of DHYG 411 and 421 are offered for selected students.

The honors section of DHYG 411 begins the summer before the senior year and is designed to prepare students for patient treatment in the postgraduate periodontal clinic.  During the summer, honors students treat patients under the supervision of a dental hygiene graduate student and attend weekly seminars on clinical dental hygiene issues.  Students utilize concepts discussed in seminar while in summer clinic and have the potential to fulfill fall requirements.  At the conclusion of the summer session, students are scheduled in the postgraduate periodontal clinical on a bi-weekly basis where they are exposed to clinical experiences beyond what is available in the generic course.

Students in the honors section of DHYG 421 continue in the postgraduate periodontal clinic on a bi-weekly basis.  They work closely with a dental hygiene faculty member and periodontal residents on complex cases from initial therapy through the maintenance phase of treatment.  In addition to gaining experience and fulfilling DHYG 421 requirements, students enrolled in the honors section experience the role of dental hygiene educator by mentoring junior dental hygiene students in clinic. The honors program incorporates multiple levels of education from the junior dental hygiene student to the postgraduate resident while exposing honors students to various dental hygiene career options prior to graduation.

DHYG 412. Perspectives of Dental Hygiene Practice (3). This course is designed to provide senior and degree completion students with the opportunity to explore, develop, and apply advanced concepts and skills within the process of dental hygiene care. The course has three units: Periodontics, with an emphasis on the perio/systemic link; Pain and Anxiety Control, including local anesthesia and discussion of other advanced technologies used in dental hygiene service delivery; and new technologies in Dental Hygiene Care. The course includes an introduction to case presentations and case conferencing. It broadens the student's perspective of dental hygiene practice as it exists across the country and incorporates concepts taught in class into clinical practice.

DHYG 413-423. Community Service Learning I and II (2-2). The externship program provides opportunities for senior students to select experiences beyond those given within the Dental School setting. The selection of a community site is based on the student's interests and career goals. Sites include well-baby clinics, prenatal clinics, community health centers, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, facilities for the handicapped, hospitals, military clinics and schools, day care centers, public health departments, and research centers. (DHYG 423 is optional.)

DHYG 414. Educational Program Development (2). Students explore various ways in which effective instructional skills may contribute to a career in dental hygiene. Learning experiences are designed to enable the student to develop these skills and to project their application in such areas as public school systems, community health programs, higher education, and consumer education.

DHYG 416. Introduction to Oral Health Research (3). This course is designed to acquaint students with research methodology and its application to the dental hygiene profession. Emphasis is placed on heightening student awareness of the need for dental hygiene research, developing student capabilities to identify research designs, and enabling students to accurately appraise the quality of research reports. 

DHYG 418 or 428 Practicum (1-4); DHYG 424. Special Topics (1). Students pursue in-depth topics of special interest. The program of study is designed by each student and approved by faculty before the beginning of the course. The study program may relate to an area of interest in clinical dental hygiene, education, management or research and may consist of special reading assignments, reports, conferences, and possibly clinic, laboratory, or extramural experience. (Optional)
DHYG 425. Issues in Health Care Delivery (2). Students examine and analyze the issues that affect the broad spectrum of health care delivery. Topics include ethics and professional responsibility, inequities in health care delivery, and health care legislation. Students have the option to present research posters on timely oral health topics.

DHYG 427. Health Care Management (2). Students are introduced to skills essential for effective management in their personal and professional roles. Areas of emphasis include the dental team environment, managerial planning and decision-making, fiscal issues, career planning, resumes, and interviewing. Management principles are applied to a variety of oral health care delivery settings.

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Degree Completion Baccalaureate Program

The degree completion program provides the opportunity for registered dental hygienists who hold a certificate or associate degree to pursue studies leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. The curriculum is designed in two phases of full-time (one-year) or part-time (two years) study to meet each individual's academic, clinical, and career interests.

Program Requirements

Phase I: General Requirements. Phase I consists of the student's previous dental hygiene courses and general course requirements, totaling 90 semester credits. General course requirements for the baccalaureate degree may be taken at any one of the three University of Maryland campuses (College Park, Baltimore County, or Eastern Shore) or at another accredited college or university. The courses required are the same as those listed in the Preprofessional Program freshman and sophomore years, except only one chemistry and one anatomy/physiology course is required. Transfer credits are granted for general requirements and dental hygiene courses from an accredited program. To obtain transfer credit, students must attain a grade of C or better in all courses taken at an institution outside the University System of Maryland. Consultation with the degree completion program director regarding transfer courses is recommended.
Phase II: Degree Completion Requirements. The degree completion program at the Dental School consists of two core seminars totaling four credit hours (DHYG 410, 420); senior level didactic courses, totaling 12 credit hours (DHYG 412, 414, 416 , 424 [optional], 425, and 427); two hours of practicum courses (DHYG 418-428); and 12 credit hours of approved academic electives, generally taken at another campus of the University of Maryland. Additional variable credit practicum courses may be taken for elective credit.

Curriculum Planning

Registered dental hygienists should submit to the degree completion program director transcripts from their dental hygiene program and all other institutions attended, so that transfer credits may be evaluated and a program developed to satisfy remaining requirements. Students should meet regularly with the advisor to ensure appropriate course scheduling in Phase I.

Application and Admission Procedures

In addition to meeting the general course requirements, the student applying for admission to the degree completion program at the Dental School must:


Be a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program.


Be licensed in at least one state.


Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Applications for admission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Career Development, Dental School, University of Maryland, 650 West Baltimore St., Room 6402, Baltimore, MD 21201. Applications should be received no later than June 1 before the fall semester for which the student wishes to enroll.

Enrollment at another University of Maryland campus does not guarantee admission to the degree completion program at the Dental School. Enrollment in the degree completion program is limited.

Students who are offered admission will be required to send a deposit of $200 with a letter of intent to enroll. This deposit will be credited toward tuition at registration, but will not be refunded in the event of failure to enroll.

Student Expenses

Tuition and fees are listed on the Web at The charges for instrument service, supplies, and uniforms are not applicable for degree completion students. Textbook costs would be considerably lower than listed.

Graduation Requirements

One hundred twenty (120) semester credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in the degree completion dental hygiene program. The last 30 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree must be taken at the University of Maryland. Courses not offered at the Dental School may be taken at another University of Maryland campus.


DHYG 412, DHYG 414, DHYG 416, DHYG 424, DHYG 425, and DHYG 427 .

DHYG 410-420. Seminar in Dental Hygiene (3-1) (degree completion only). Reinforcement, updating and expansion of dental hygiene professional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Topic areas that are explored through seminar, laboratory, and extramural formats include dental public health, preventive dentistry, process of dental hygiene care and options for dental hygiene practice. Emphasis is placed on developing oral and written communication skills necessary for the dental hygienist in a variety of health care, educational, research or community settings.

DHYG 418-428. Dental Hygiene Practicum (1-4/1-4)*. Individually designed didactic and/or clinical experiences in a special area of dental hygiene clinical practice, teaching, community dental health, or research.

DHYG 422. Scientific & Professional Communication (2) (elective - degree completion only).  This course is designed to develop students' writing skills to prepare them for scientific publication.  Emphases are on report writing, lucid and concise communication, rules of grammar and syntax and preparation for meeting presentations.

*Elective variable credit course that requires approval of degree completion program director.

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