Dental Hygiene

To print a copy of this information, click on this link: predental_hygiene_curriculum_rev_8-2013.pdf

The Major

The “predental hygiene curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to a professional program. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

Even if you plan to apply to a dental hygiene program after taking only the courses required for admission (minimum of 57 hours for the program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), you need to declare an academic major at USM.

Many students choose a major in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) but other majors are acceptable including those in the humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to pursue a baccalaureate degree or in which they would like to work if they are not accepted into a dental hygiene program.

Students wishing to pursue Dental Hygiene in Mississippi apply to the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, typically after taking two years to complete a predental hygiene curriculum, for example at Southern Miss.

There is a separate program for current licensed Dental Hygienists that are seeking a baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  This separate advanced standing program is primarily an online program. Please consult with UMMC Dental Hygiene program directly if you are already a Dental Hygienist.  Beginning freshmen or sophomore students in predental hygiene do not pursue the advanced standing online program.

Visit the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) web pages for more information about dental hygiene programs.

Link to main page: http://www.adha.org/

Link to Careers and Education page: http://www.adha.org/careerinfo/index.html

Requirements for Applicants

The following list of Required Courses meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the two-year professional program in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Link to UMMC SHRP: http://www.umc.edu/shrp/

Link to Dental Hygiene program at UMMC: http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Dental_Hygiene/Dental_Hygiene_Home.aspx

Preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. Out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements for this professional program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Mississippi.

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including UMMC.

  • English composition (two courses, 6 hours)
  • general biological sciences with laboratory (1 course, 4 hours)
  • anatomy and physiology with laboratory (2 courses, 8 hours)
    NOTE:  it is highly recommended that USM students take introductory biology (BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L) prior to enrolling in anatomy and physiology
  • microbiology with laboratory (1 course, 4 hours)
    NOTE: the prerequisite for BSC 380/L (Microbiology & Lab) is two semesters of introductory biological sciences (BSC 110&L, BSC 111&L)
  • general chemistry with laboratory (2 courses, 8 hours)
  • college algebra (1 course, 3 hours)
  • fine arts (1 course, 3 hours)
  • general psychology (1 course, 3 hours)
  • introduction to sociology (1 course, 3 hours)
  • speech (1 course, 3 hours)
  • humanities (2 courses, 6 hours)
  • nutrition (1 course, 3 hours)
  • advanced psychology [abnormal, adolescent, child, educational or developmental] (1 course, 3 hours)

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for the UMMC Dental Hygiene program in a timely manner. Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student’s schedule.

Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. Some courses may be offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) or on a rotating cycle.

YEAR 1

Fall Spring  
BSC 110/L OR BSC 111/La 4 h BSC 111/L OR BSC 110/La 4 h 
CHE 106/Lb 4 h CHE 107/L4 h 
MAT 101c 3 hENG 1023 h
ENG 101d 3 h2 required coursese6-8 h
1 required coursee  3-6 h  

a, The order in which students take the introductory Biological Sciences (BSC) courses does not matter; BSC 110/L covers molecular and cellular topics whereas BSC 111/L covers ecology and organisms.

BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L are prerequisites for BSC 380/L (Microbiology and lab), which is a prerequisite for the dental hygiene program.

b, Students enrolling in CHE 106&L must have passed high school chemistry or passed CHE 100 at USM. CHE 100 is required when the chemistry background is not adequate. Students may enter CHE 100 directly, if they choose. Students enrolled in CHE 106/L will take a test about two weeks into the class to determine if they should remain in CHE 106/L. If they do not meet the minimum score, these students are strongly recommended to move to a CHE 100 class, which is offered at the same time as CHE 106.

c, Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT subscore.

Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology (CoST), but is not required for the dental hygiene program or for majors outside of CoST.

  • ACT mathematics subtest score 19 or below:  must take MAT 99 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 20 or above:  MAT 101 (College Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in College Algebra):  MAT 103 (Trigonometry).
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in Trigonometry): MAT 114 (Calculus for the Arts and Sciences)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 26 or above:  MAT 167 (Calculus I)

Students directly entering Trigonometry (MAT 103) or Calculus (MAT 114 or MAT 167) can use this course to satisfy the UMMC math requirement.

d, Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subscore.

  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below:  ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 17-19:  ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above:  ENG 101 (Composition 1)

e, Required courses include those in the General Education Curriculum and in the major and/or minor, as well as those required for the dental hygiene program.

  • one (1) Fine Arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100)
  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131); if a student is pursuing a B.S. degree from Southern Miss, one Humanities must be a history course.
  • PSY 110 (General Psychology). Take this in Year 1.
  • SOC 101 (Understanding Society)
  • CMS 111 (Oral Communication)

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies, particularly the required science and math courses.
  • Students could start getting some hands-on exposure by observing/shadowing a licensed or registered dental hygienist in a clinical setting.

YEAR 2

Fall Spring  
BSC 250/L OR BSC 251/Lf 4 h BSC 251/L OR BSC 250/Lf 4 h 
BSC 380/L4 hNFS 362 3 h
1 required coursee  3 h2 required coursese6 h
Advanced Psychology courseg 3 h0-1 elective courses 0-3 h 

f, The order in which students take BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L does not matter.

g, Recommended Advanced Psychology courses are Abnormal Psychology (PSY 436), Adolescent Psychology (PSY 372), Child Psychology (PSY 270), Educational Psychology (PSY 374), Developmental Psychology (PSY 275). The prerequisite for all upper level PSY courses is PSY 110.

Strategy for Success

  • Students continue to do well in their studies, particularly the required science and math courses.
  • Students must get hands-on exposure by observing/shadowing a licensed or registered dental hygienist in a clinical setting

The Application Process

The application process should begin late in the Fall Semester or very early in the Spring semester of the second year (February 15 deadline).for entry into the program that starts in the summer of that year.

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 57 hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Twelve hours of the science courses and 24 of the non-science courses must be completed prior to Feb 15 application deadline.
  • To complete the required 12 hours science +24 hours non-science before spring of the second year and 57 hours by the end of Spring of the second year, students often have to take courses in the summer semester between the first and second years.
  • Have successfully completed (grade of C or better) the minimum prerequisite course requirements listed above.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  • All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeated courses, are used in calculating the pre-admission GPA.
  • Complete 8 hours of observation of a licensed or registered dental hygienist in a clinical setting.
  • Submit ACT scores.
  • Complete an interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Complete a hands-on dexterity exercise

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.

Website:  http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/preprofessional

Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Assistant:

Ms. L. Machell Haynes
601.266.4741
ladonna.haynes@usm.edu

Preprofessional Advisor:

Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Preprofessional Advisor
601.266.4883
jeffrey.evans@usm.edu