Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

A wide range of theoretical and clinical experiences in treating traditional and special-needs patients is provided. You also will participate in a number of community-based clinical and education programs with diverse populations.

To become a dental hygienist, you must complete a minimum of one year of pre-requisite coursework in:
  • Courses
    • Anatomy
    • Biology (course must include a laboratory)
    • Chemistry (course must include a laboratory)
    • Composition
    • Microbiology
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Speech
    • Physiology
    • Statistics

    All courses must be a minimum of three (3) credits.

This is followed by two calendar years of professional coursework in the basic sciences, including:
  • Courses
    • Biochemistry
    • Nutrition
    • Histology
    • Oral pathology
The professional program also includes courses in:
  • Courses
    • Dental Anatomy and Head and Neck anatomy
    • Preclinical and clinical dental hygiene
    • Communication skills
    • Patient assessment
    • Cariology and Periodontology
    • Oral radiology
    • Biomaterials
    • Public health
    • Pharmacology
    • Local anesthesia and pain control
    • Research methods
    • Orthodontics and pediatric dentistry
    • Geriatrics
    • Special needs patients
    • Ethics
Special Learning Opportunities
  • Courses
    • Community Service Learning Clinics: Dental hygiene students have the opportunity to participate in a number of off-campus Twin Cities and out-state Minnesota day and week-long community service learning clinics providing dental hygiene care for populations who typically do not have sufficient access to dental care; include valuable cross-cultural health service learning experiences.
    • Summer Research Fellowship/Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program: The School of Dentistry Summer Research Fellowship Program/UROP provides research experiences for exceptional dental hygiene and dental students with an interest in research careers and postgraduate research training. Sophomore and junior dental hygiene students are invited to apply for research fellowship positions in the spring of each year. If selected, they are assigned to work with a faculty member for the summer. During a ten-week period, students collect and analyze data, undertake a structured research project, and prepare a formal report. Research fellows attend a weekly research training seminar where they learn research methods. They also evaluate selected journal articles and review abstracts and oral presentations of former trainees.
    • Continuing Dental Hygiene Education: Students are encouraged to participate in selected continuing education courses during their senior year on a space available basis. These courses expose seniors to a broad scope of information and technology from a variety of local and national speakers. Students gain by selecting their own educational experiences and interacting with practicing dental hygienists and dentists.
    • Study Abroad Program: The Global Campus Study Abroad Program offers affordable programs that help students improve language skills, gain cross-cultural experience, and make friends that last a lifetime--all while earning credits. These programs/courses meet the highest quality standards and are closely aligned with academic requirements. An excellent way to fulfill liberal education requirements and spend time in another country.
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  • Last modified on June 21, 2012