Offered by Health Science Programs

Pre-Dental Hygiene

The following two-year program is based on the requirements of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska. While other dental hygiene programs may be similar, the student is urged to contact the specific school of his or her choice to determine any suggested variations of this pre-professional schedule. Students must apply for positions in dental hygiene programs and the competition is intense. Therefore admission is never guaranteed.

  1. Requirements
    • Take all of the following:
      • BIOL 103GS, General Biology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 211GS, Human Microbiology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 225, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 226, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
      • CHEM 160GS, General Chemistry - 3 hours (Prereq: MATH 102GS or Math ACT score of 20 or better or permission of instructor)
      • CHEM 160LGS, General Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hour
      • CHEM 161GS, General Chemistry - 3 hours
      • CHEM 161LGS, General Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hour
      • ENG 101, Introduction to Academic Writing - 3 hours
      • ENG 102GS, Academic Writing and Research - 3 hours
      • FSID 110GS, Introduction to Nutrition - 3 hours
      • PSY 203GS, General Psychology - 3 hours
      • SOC 100GS, Introduction to Sociology - 3 hours
      • SPCH 100GS, Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3 hours
    • Take approved electives to reach a total of 60 hours
      • Electives must include 6 hours of Humanities/Fine Arts and 3 hours of Social Sciences.
      • Electives must also include a 12 hour series of courses in a specific area of study that interests the student. These courses will count toward the minor required by the UNMC College of Dentistry.

Completion of a minor--students enrolled in the College of Dentistry at UNMC pursuing a major in Dental Hygiene must also complete a minor in order to meet graduation requirements of the College of Dentistry. The 12 hour series of courses taken while at UNK count as one-half of the minor. The second half of the minor will be in biology and will be completed at the College of Dentistry.

Other requirements for admission to the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry include a total of 60 credit hours and a scholastic standing of at least 2.5.

5 May 2010