Prerequisite Courses

A group of dental hygiene students holding rosesThe following required courses may be completed at any accredited U.S. college or university. To be considered for admission, students should have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses, including a minimum of 16 credits (20 credits is highly recommended) of the science courses, by the end of December prior to the academic year for which they are applying.  All courses must be successfully completed by the end of the spring semester prior to fall entry into the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Program. Please note that students are required to earn at least a C grade in all pre-requisite courses. No grades lower than C will be accepted.

Courses must be from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college. The Dental Hygiene Program will accept on a case by case basis general credit by examination in the areas of non-science courses such as sociology, psychology, humanities, social sciences and English. The individual must contact the admissions advisor for the specific program of interest for individual advising and review of coursework. It is possible that up to 6-9 credits MAY be acceptable.

Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, and Nutrition must have been completed within 7 years of application to the Bachelor of Science Program.

General Biology with lab, Inorganic or General Chemistry with lab, and Organic and Biochemistry with lab will be accepted without time restrictions.

(The Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions reserves the right to modify the prerequisites when additional courses are necessary to improve an applicant's preparation for entering the Dental Hygiene Program. Admission and curriculum requirements are subject to change without prior notice.)

Before beginning your studies at UMSOD, you must complete your first two years of undergraduate education at another accredited college or university, ensuring you fulfill the necessary prerequisites.  

Science Courses   
(*Specific science courses must be completed within 7 years of application to the program.) 
Anatomy / Physiology I & II* with labs 8 credits
General Biology with lab 4 credits
Inorganic or General Chemistry with lab* 4 credits
Microbiology with lab* 4 credits
Organic Chemistry with lab* 4 credits
Non-Science Courses   
Basic Statistics 3 credits
Technical Writing 3 credits
English Composition 6 credits
Humanities (This course can be taken in the categories of literature, philosophy, foreign languages, music and art appreciation, fine arts, math, particular education courses and history.  Course must be academic, non-studio courses. Physical Education courses are not transferable.) 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Principles of Nutrition* 3 credits
Public Speaking 3 credits
Social Sciences (Social science electives can be taken in the categories of psychology and sociology (other than the required introductory course), anthropology, political science, economics, Cultural Studies, Woman's Studies, geography, business management, religion, information systems (not keyboarding courses) and education,  Introduction to Computers (academic course) is often a General Education Requirement for college freshman and would be acceptable as a social science elective.) 6 credits