Bachelor of Science Coursework

Coursework

Technical Standards Students must meet Technical Standards according to the University standard. Please read before you are applying.

‌Pre-requisite courses for the Baccalaureate (BS) program must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university of the student's choice. A total of 57 pre-requisite coursework credits are required. The 24 science courses and nutrition MUST be current, meaning taken within the past 5 years prior to the year you wish to apply for the program. 

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 6-9 credits MAY be acceptable.

Note: While it is not a program requirement, it is highly recommended that our students purchase loupes for use in the program; the use of loupes is considered state of the art and assists in vision and ergonomics. The cost of loupes is not included in your tuition and fees, therefore, we recommend students budget for such a purpose in the fall of their first year (junior). The approximate cost of loupes for a student is $1500. Vendors regularly visit our school and a vendor night is held annually for purchases such as this.

NOTE: Due to the cohort structure and the sequencing of courses in dental hygiene programs, students who are unable to complete the entire dental hygiene program at The University of Maryland need to contact the desired transfer institution to determine admission and program requirements; including transferability of previously completed coursework.

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. Fifty-seven credits of coursework are required:

Science Courses

Anatomy/Physiology I and II       8 Credits
General Biology 4 Credits
Microbiology 4 Credits
Inorganic or General Chemistry 4 Credits
Organic Chemistry 4 Credits

*16-20 of the above sciences must be complete at the end of the fall semester PRIOR to the fall you wish to attend our program. Sciences must be current; taken within 5 years of the application year. Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited USA college or university

Non-Science Courses

All courses must be complete at the end of the Spring semester PRIOR to the fall you wish to attend our program. All entering students are juniors and all students begin in the fall semester. Courses must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Basic Statistics

3 Credits

Technical or Research in Writing

3 Credits

English Composition

3 Credits

English Literature

3 Credits

Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Introduction to Sociology

3 Credits

Principles of Nutrition

3 Credits

Public Speaking

3 Credits

Social Sciences

3 Credits

Human Growth and Development

3 credits

Humanities

3 Credits

Total Credits
57

Core Coursework at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry - Junior Year.
NOTE: due to the cohort structure and the sequencing of courses in dental hygiene programs, students who are unable to complete the entire dental hygiene program at The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, need to contact the desired transfer institution to determine admission and program requirements, including transferability of previously completed coursework.

General Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3 Credits
Care and Management of the Special Patient 2 Credits
Dental Anesthesia and Sedation 2 Credits
Methods and Materials in Dentistry 2 Credits
Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist I 3 Credits
Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist II 2 Credits
Prevention and Control I 6 Credits
Prevention and Control II 5 Credits
Oral/Dental Anatomy 3 Credits
Oral Histology 1.5 Credits
Oral Microbiology 1.5 Credits
General and Oral Pathology 3 Credits
Oral Radiology I 2 Credits
Oral Radiology II 2 Credits
Oral Health Literacy and Communication 1 Credit

Core Coursework at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry - Senior Year

Students in their senior spring semester, take a written National Board and a clinical board (Northeast Regional Board). Upon graduation, and receiving a passing grade on their boards, students may sit for licensure according to individual state rules and regulations.

Advanced Clinical Practice I 5 Credits
Advanced Clinical Practice II 5 Credits
Community Oral Health 1 3 Credits
Community Service Learning I, II 3 Credits
Education Program Development 2 Credits
Health Care Management 2 Credits
Principles of Scientific Evidence 2 Credits
Dynamics of Health Care 2 Credits
Innovative Dental Hygiene Practice 2 Credits
Total Credits
122