Bachelor of Science - Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science - Dental Hygiene
Entry Level Curriculum for College Juniors and Seniors

Fast Facts

  • Licensed dental hygienists are in demand by many types of employers from the dentist to the U.S. military. And graduates from the Division of Dental Hygiene are at the leading edge of their profession because of their intensive training allows them to move freely in a wide range of settings or to pursue an advanced graduate degree.
  • Admission to the Entry-Level Program in Dental Hygiene program is designed for qualified junior and senior college students (with 58 hours of liberal arts course work and a 2.5 or above GPA) who are committed to pursuing a health care profession. Successful completion of 124 credit hours are required to earn the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • The goal of the program is to prepare dental hygienists to perform competently in the private dental office and other settings such as oral health teaching, research, community and institutional dental health programs and practice management.
  • The program begins each August and continues for two academic years with a summer term in between. Applications must be submitted by February 1 of the year that the student seeks admission.
  • The curriculum is a challenging one that emphasizes a ‘hands on’ approach and incorporates a variety of educational experiences and environments from the traditional classroom to the laboratory and clinic.

Admission Requirements and Program Prerequisites

Entry-Level Program – Admission Requirements
Admission to the Division of Dental Hygiene programs is selective and requires more than meeting certain course or grade point average requirements. The selection process takes into account a number of candidate factors including:

  • Academic credentials
  • Letters of evaluation
  • A personal interview
  • Motivation
  • And other information submitted by the candidate

Classes begin each year at the end of August. Formal applications for admission to UMKC and the dental hygiene program must be submitted no later than February 1 of the year the student desires admission.

A new dental hygiene application will be available in October. Please check back then.

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The basic requirements and credentials required for the process are:

  • Satisfactory completion of approximately academic two years of college (58 semester hours).Specific coursework must be completed before admission to the dental hygiene program and satisfy the general education Program Prerequisites listed below.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • A college science grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • Transcripts all college course work.
  • Application to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Application for admission to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
  • Three evaluation and recommendation forms.

Personal interview with at least two members of the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee. (Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled after February for those students who have met the admissions criteria)
In addition, acceptance is contingent on submission of a criminal background check.

Residency Requirements
The UMKC School of Dentistry is a state-supported school and therefore has a primary responsibility to applicants who are residents of the state of Missouri. The school also has reciprocal and contractual agreements with the State of Kansas. Additionally, the Division of Dental Hygiene does consider qualified applicants from all other states.

Program Prerequisites
Transfer credits for coursework completed at other institutions which are substantially equivalent to those as UMKC will be granted provided a grade of C or above was received.

A total 58 semester hours must be completed prior to entering the dental hygiene program and must include

Reasoning and Values                                                                       
Discourse I (ENGL 110 satisfies Discourse I)                                  
Anchor I: (Chem 211 + LSPHY 117 Physiology satisfies Anchor I)
Culture and Diversity                                                                      
Discourse II (ENGL 225 satisfies Discourse II)                                 
Anchor II:  (LSMCRB 112 Microbiology + Oral Physiology*satisfies Anchor II)        
Arts and Humanities (Focus A)                                                       
ART-HIST 110 Intro to History of Art
or CONS 120 Music Appreciation satisfies Focus A
or One 3 credit hour course chosen from  Focus A
Scientific Reasoning  (Focus B)                                                       
MATH 110 College Algebra satisfies Focus B
Human Values and Ethical Reasoning (Focus C)                          
Pol Sci 210 satisfies Focus C
Dental Hygiene Specific Prerequisites                                            
ConS 110 Fundamentals of Effective Speaking                                 
Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology                                                     
PSYCH 210 General Psychology                                                      
Biological and Physical Sciences                                              
CHEM 211 & 211L   Chemistry  (Focus B)                                 
LSMCRB 112            Microbiology                                              
LSANAT 218             Anatomy                                                     
LSPHYS 217              Physiology   (Focus B)                              
(If taking a combined Anatomy & Physiology, it must be a sequence of two semesters.)

One three credit hour course from Focus Elective                       
Remaining hours may come from Focus Areas A-D               
(Computer applications and Foreign language highly recommended)













Notification of Admission

The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Student Admissions Committee reviews applications for admission to the Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Program. After the committee has reaches their decisions, notifications of acceptance are made by mail. Candidates have 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter to respond with a non-refundable $100 deposit. The deposit is credited to the enrollment fees.

The committee also creates an alternate list of applicants. In the event that a position becomes available, an applicant from the alternate list is chosen to fill the vacancy. Alternates may be accepted through the first week of the program.

Policy related to individuals with bloodborne infectious disease

It is the responsibility of all health care workers (HCW) who perform exposure prone procedures to know their bloodborne pathogen status, specifically related to hepatitis B virus (HbV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Further, it is the responsibility of the faculty, staff or student who tests positive for HIV or HbV to report test results to the Chair of the Risk Management Committee, UMKC School of Dentistry. An expert review panel will review the circumstances, if any, under which the individual may continue to perform exposure prone procedures.

For more information on the policies and procedures related to the presence of a bloodborne infectious disease, please contact the Dental Hygiene Program Director. 

Background and Goals

UMKC’s dental hygiene program is one of the oldest in the country. The program was established in 1952, however, there were less formal nine-month and one-year programs that can be traced back as early as the 1920s. For nearly fifty years, dental hygiene graduates have gone on to serve the oral health care needs of thousands of patients across the country. The Division of Dental Hygiene at the UMKC School of Dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Dental Hygiene
The dental hygienist is a professional who completes educational and clinical studies in preventive oral health care. Each state has established licensure requirements for dental hygienists. Registered dental hygienists (R.D.H.s) provide a wide range services in dental practices and may pursue a variety of career options including clinical, administrative, education and research.

The primary mission of the Division of Dental Hygiene is to graduate a dental hygienist who can actively participate in the improvement of the public’s oral health. It is also the aim of the faculty to provide a baccalaureate degree program that is equivalent to baccalaureate programs in other disciplines, thereby providing upward mobility for graduates. Through the integration of the basic, behavioral, dental and clinical sciences, the dental hygiene student will be able to function effectively as a health care professional in a constantly changing society working with a diverse population. Graduates must be able to use the skills of problem-solving, decision-making and evaluation so that behaviors and practices are derived from intentional choices. They must become life-long learners, directing their professional growth during and beyond the educational programs.

The primary goal of the Bachelor in Science Entry-Level Program is to prepare dental hygienists to perform competently in providing preventive oral care. Since the Division of Dental Hygiene offers a baccalaureate degree, students are further prepared to assume responsibilities in one or more or the following:

  • clinical classroom teaching
  • community dental health program planning
  • care of patients with special needs
  • practice management
  • research

Additionally, the Division of Dental Hygiene strives to achieve these goals:

  • To develop a graduate who possesses the skills and knowledge to competently, legally and ethically assess, plan, implement and evaluate dental hygiene care in a culturally diverse society.
  • To develop a graduate who possesses the ability to assess his/her own work and actively plan for continued growth.
  • To encourage participation in professional associations for the advancement of dental hygiene and the promotion of oral health.
  • To foster an attitude of life-long learning and scientific inquiry.
  • To foster a commitment to community service in diverse populations.

The Division of Dental Hygiene carries forward this proud tradition by offering qualified and motivated students two ways to obtain a Bachelor in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and could lead to advanced studies in several areas of specialization.

The conventional entry-level dental hygiene program is designed for full-time study begins in August of each year and continues for two academic years with a summer session in between.


A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree including the dental hygiene clinical entry level curriculum. The clinical entry level curriculum emphasizes the basic sciences and the dental and dental hygiene sciences.

For a minimum of two days each semester, dental hygiene students participate in clinical learning experiences. By the end of the first semester, students are working in the school’s clinic providing basic hygiene care to patients. Clinical learning occurs in building blocks to help ensure the competency required for graduation and licensure.
The curriculum consists of earning 72 - 74 credits through these courses:

Year One – Fall Semester - 18 Credit Hours
LSAnatomy 3065 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
Dental Hygiene 3000 Dental Morphology and Occlusion 2
Dental Hygiene 3020 Dental Radiology. 2
Dental Hygiene 3080 Intro to the Preventive Practice of Dental Hygiene 4
Dental Hygiene 3080L Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene 2
Dental Hygiene 3320 Oral Health Behavior Change 3
LSPhysiology 3070 Oral Physiology 3
Year One – Winter Semester –18.5 Credit Hours  
LSBiochemistry 3120 Biochemistry and Nutrition 2
Dental Hygiene 3200 General, Systemic and Oral Pathology. 2
Dental Hygiene 3030 Intro to Histopath of Oral Tissues 2
Dental Hygiene 3220 Dental Biomaterials 2
Dental Hygiene 3260 Principles of Periodontology 3
Dental Hygiene 3280C Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
Dental Hygiene 3285 Seminar in Dental Hygiene I 2
Dental Hygiene 3300 Radiographic Interpretations 0.5
Dental Hygiene 3260 Principles of Public Health 2
Year Two – Summer Term - Credit Hours 6 Credit Hours
Dental Hygiene 4020 Local Anesthesia and Pain Control 3
Dental Hygiene 4060C Dental Hygiene Clinic II 2
Dental Hygiene 4065 Seminar in Dental Hygiene II 1
Year Two – Fall Semester – 18 Credit Hours   
Dental Hygiene 4050 Periodontology II 2
Dental Hygiene 4080 Introduction to Rsch&EvdBasd Dec Makg 2
Dental Hygiene 4100 Pharmacology 3
Dental Hygiene 4220 Community Oral Health Experiences 2
Dental Hygiene 4120C Dental Hygiene Clinic III 4
Dental Hygiene 4120 Seminar in Dental Hygiene III  2
Dental Hygiene 4400 Nutrition and Oral Health 3
Year Two – Winter Semester – 12- 14 Credit Hours  
Dental Hygiene 4240 Ethics in Professional Practice 1
Dental Hygiene 4210 Practice Management 3
Dental Hygiene 4260 Senior Seminar 2
Dental Hygiene 4260C Dental Hygiene Clinic IV 4
Electives (Select one or more) 2-4

Complete information on the courses can be viewed on-line by using this
Course Descriptions link.


Because of variations in the numbers of credit hours to be completed and the differences the electives selected. To make an estimate of your tuition and fees, contact the Division by phone at 816/235-2050 or by e-mail –

In addition to enrollment and other fees, others cost are also incurred as part of participating in the program (fees are subject to change):

  • Instruments and supplies
  • Textbooks
  • Uniforms, lab coats, etc.
  • Professional association fee
  • Board review fees

An advance, non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required upon admission to the program. This payment is credited to the student’s education fee upon enrollment.

There are numerous opportunities for qualified applicants to receive different forms of financial aid. Take a look at Financial Aid.

Because each student’s expenses vary based on a number of factors, the costs above do not include room and board, or personal items. For help and advice with on and off-campus housing - check with Student Housing.

Roo Writer

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must take the UMKC RooWriter writing assessment before they have completed 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must take the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment. Students may take the RooWriter at any time while enrolled at UMKC as a personal diagnostic, but it will only satisfy the undergraduate graduation requirement after a student has completed Discourse II (or equivalent).

Certain Colleges, Schools, Departments, Majors, Writing Intensive courses, etc. may also require the RooWriter to be taken multiple times, and some might further require a certain minimal level of achievement be attained for advancement. The RooWriter supports and is supported by the University-wide General Education requirements.

The RooWriter is offered any time online. Students should visit the RooWriter website for contact information, writing improvement resources, and other general information.

Exit exams

All students are required to take the EPP exam prior to graduation. Exceptions are if you have earned a Bachelor's degree previously, or if you have taken the entire C-BASE test (English, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Writing). If you receive the Email notification to take this test and you have fulfilled one of these exceptions, contact the Assessment Office and we will input the exemption on your record.

Exit exams are a degree requirement - if you fail to take your required exams before the end of the semester in which you plan to graduate, you will need to reapply for graduation.  The University of Missouri Board of Curators, other state entities, and the national college accrediting agency require the University to assess the effectiveness of academic programs. All undergraduate students must take a test of general education and complete a major field test prior to being granted a baccalaureate degree. Graduation depends on completion of exit exam requirements.

Contact Info
If you have advising questions or to contact an advisor, please email or call 816-235-2083