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2015 Dental Hygiene Brochure
UNMC Program
In Dental Hygiene
College
The predental hygiene courses fulfill general requirements
and provide the student with a core of knowledge.
The dental hygiene curriculum at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry is
fully approved by the Commission on Dental
Accreditation and its graduates are eligible for
examination and licensure in all states.
The curriculum is organized into a four-year
program leading to a bachelor of science degree
in dental hygiene. Preparation for admission
consists of approximately two academic years of
study with the course work to be completed at any
accredited college. To comply with our prerequisites, it is advisable to contact the dental hygiene
program advisors at the College of Dentistry so
we can help you select the classes that will fulfill
requirements for our curriculum, as well as your
respective college.
After selection into the program, the next two
academic years and one summer session are
spent at the College of Dentistry in Lincoln or the
West Division campus in Gering.
Class
Communication (English comp)
Biology
Microbiology
Human Anat or Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Phys or Anatomy & Physiology II
General Chemistry
Introductory Sociology
Introductory Psychology
Communication (speech/must give speeches)
Humanities/Arts
Social & Behavioral Sciences/
Human Behavior, Culture, & Social Organization
Nutrition
12-hour Series
Hours
6
4
4
4
4
8
3
3-4
3
6
High School
Preparation for the study of dental hygiene begins in
high school. The prospective dental hygiene student
should take the following high school subjects:
English
Mathematics/Algebra
Geometry
Biological Sciences (Biology)
Chemistry
Foreign Language
(suggested, not required)
3 years
2 years
1 year
1 year
1 year
2 years
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Dental Hygiene Program
3
3
12
Six credit hours must be completed in the arts and
humanities and three hours in social and behavioral
sciences/human behavior, culture and social organization.
A twelve-hour series (a 12-hour minor in one academic
area) must be completed in a specific area of study. The
courses taken in the 12-hour series must have the same
course prefix for all courses being considered. Consult the
dental hygiene program advisor for specific details.
Transfer Credit
All official transcripts from post-secondary institutions will
be examined and credit will be awarded according to
UNMC policy. Usually, credit from any accredited
institution of higher learning is accepted for transfer if
successfully completed with a course grade of C or above.
For two- and four-year institutions, transfer credit will be
determined by the standards set forth in the “Transfer
Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions”
published by the American Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Offices. No credit will be
awarded for D grades.
Admission Guidelines
Predental Hygiene Requirements
For More Information
and Online Forms:
www.unmc.edu/dentistry
The department of dental hygiene accepts twenty students
each year for the program at the College of Dentistry in
Lincoln, Nebraska. Four students are accepted for the West
Division in Gering, Nebraska. Students who meet the
following requirements may be considered for admission.
• Maintain a minimum total grade point average of 2.5.
(Average GPA for the 24 students accepted into the
program each fall is generally 3.5.)
• Submit an online application.
• Deadline is February 1.
Criteria utilized by the Admissions Committee for selection
are cumulative GPA, science GPA, ACT score, interview,
familiarity with the profession, essay and letters of
recommendation. The University of Nebraska Medical
Center is an equal opportunity institution and all qualified
minorities are urged to apply.
Department of Dental Hygiene
UNMC College of Dentistry
2015 07 DH PR BRO
Dental hygiene, a preventive
profession, is composed of
licensed dental hygienists
who are an integral part of the
dental health team. They
provide educational, clinical, and
therapeutic services to those seeking dental care.
COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
Department of
Dental Hygiene
4000 East Campus Loop South
P.O. 830740
Room 2117
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
(402) 472-1433
[email protected]
unmc.edu
Application Procedures
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The Department of Dental Hygiene accepts twenty-four
students each year. Applicants must have a minimum
total grade point average of 2.5. (The average GPA for
the entering classes of the past 10+ years has been 3.5).
To be considered for acceptance into the next year’s
incoming fall class, the dental hygiene program's admission process begins by completing the Online Application
available on the College of Dentistry’s website:
www.unmc.edu/dentistry/program/hygiene/admissions.
Students are urged to begin application procedures as
soon as the online application is available for the current
application cycle. The College of Dentistry requires a $50
application fee. The department must receive all of the
following by the February 1st deadline:
• The online application form and application fee (paid
directly to the College of Dentistry in the form of a
personal check or money order).
• Dental Hygiene Program Application Cover Sheet, located on the dental hygiene admissions information page
• ALL official transcripts:
- Official college transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended (even if transfer credit is not being
used from that institution)
- Official high school transcripts
NOTE: To be official all transcripts must be received in
sealed envelopes from the
issuing institution’s registrar:
• ACT scores
• Application essay
• Letters of recommendation
(not required but will be
considered)
• Photo (optional)
Contact the Department of
Dental Hygiene for further information at (402) 472-1433.
The dental hygiene admissions committee notifies all
applicants of their acceptance or rejection. Upon notice
of acceptance for admission to the dental hygiene program, a letter of intent to enroll and a non-refundable
deposit of $200 are required. The full amount of the
deposit applies toward payment of tuition and fees
when the student enrolls.
Applicants will be accepted after presenting evidence
of intellectual promise and strong personal qualifications, including good moral character and the desire to
serve the public. Consideration is given to personal
maturity and professional motivation. Students selected must be committed to scholarly pursuits and have
career goals compatible with the philosophy of the
baccalaureate program.
For licensed dental hygienists with an associate
degree, the University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Dentistry offers a degree completion program leading to a bachelor of science degree in dental
hygiene. For more information on this program and a
counseling appointment, contact the department at
(402) 472-1433.
The Board of Regents determines the rates for room
and board in the student residence halls. University
housing is only available to Lincoln campus students.
Current information is available from the Division of
University Housing, 1115 North 16th Street, University
of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0622,
(402) 472-3561.
...a preventive oral health professional licensed in
dental hygiene who provides educational, clinical and
therapeutic services supporting total health through
the promotion of optimal oral health.
Financial Information
Program Costs*
Dental hygiene students pay by the credit hour for
tuition: $219.75 per hour for residents and $692 per
hour for nonresidents. For students entering in the fall
of 2015, resident cost for tuition, fees, books, all
equipment and instruments for the two-year
program is estimated at approximately $26,234
($56,458 for nonresidents). Living expenses
for a single student are budgeted by the
financial aid office to be about $1,700 per
month. For a resident student, the total cost of
a dental hygiene education including living
expenses is estimated at $63,634 for two
years. To make adequate financial arrangements, additional costs of approximately
$4,319 are identified to students at the
beginning of the program (licensure, National
Boards and Clinical Boards, student health
insurance, etc.).
Junior Year
(Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters)
Financial Aid
All students admitted to the College of Dentistry will
automatically receive information pertaining to the
financial aid program. For additional information,
please contact:
Financial Aid Office
Nebraska Medical Center 984265
Omaha, NE 68198-4265
1-800-626-8431 (Ext. 4199)
or (402) 559-4199
Director: [email protected]
NOTE: The awarding of any grant, scholarship, or loan
is dependent on timely application and meeting all
requirements for eligibility. It is each student’s responsibility to know the deadlines and to have met the
application requirements for the desired aid program.
Status for Resident Tuition
For guidelines in gaining and maintaining resident
status for tuition purposes in Nebraska, contact
UNMC Academic Records at (402) 559-4207.
Resident
Tuition (36 hrs @ $219.75/hr)
Library Fee
Student Fees
Books & Instruments
Equipment
Background Check
Technology
Non Resident
Tuition (36 hrs @ $692/hr)
Library Fee
Student Fees
Books & Instruments
Equipment
Background Check
Technology
Year’s Total Cost
$7,911
144
1,426
3,800
615
50
206
$14,152
Year’s Total Cost
$24,912
144
1,426
3,800
615
50
206
$31,153
Tuition (28 hrs @ $219.75/hr)
Library Fee
Student Fees
Books & Instruments
Equipment
Technology
Non Resident
Tuition (28 hrs @ $692/hr)
Library Fee
Student Fees
Books & Instruments
Equipment
Technology
A dental hygienist may work in such practice settings as:
• Private dental offices and dental clinics
• Federal, state, and local health departments or
associated institutions
• Hospitals and nursing homes
• School districts or departments of education
• Educational programs for dental, dental hygiene,
and dental assisting students
• Private business and industry
Senior Year
(Fall & Spring Semesters)
Resident
The education of the dental hygienist emphasizes the
basic sciences including microbiology, chemistry,
pathology, anatomy, and physiology. Other components of the curriculum develop the clinical skills of
the dental hygienist ultimately preparing the hygienist
to provide preventive dental health services to the
public. A dental hygienist is eligible for licensure after
graduation from an educational program accredited by
the American Dental Association Commission on
Dental Accreditation and upon successful completion
of both a written National Board Dental Hygiene
examination and a clinical examination. The licensed
dental hygienist practices in accordance with the
requirements of individual state dental practice acts.
The purpose of licensure is to protect the public. In
many states, a dental hygienist must take continuing
education courses to renew his/her license.
• Correctional facilities
Year’s Total Cost
$6,153
112
1,196
3,800
615
206
$12,082
Year’s Total Cost
$19,376
112
1,196
3,800
615
206
$25,305
*Costs may vary (+/-) from the time of this printing.
• Private and public centers for pediatric, geriatric,
and other individuals or groups with special needs
• Health Maintenance Organizations
A dental hygienist is that member
of the dental team who is responsible for providing treatment that
helps to prevent oral disease such
as dental caries (cavities) and
periodontal disease (gum disease) and for educating the
patient to maintain optimal oral
health. This professional is especially knowledgeable about the
preventive aspects of dental
disease.
Excerpts from a publication by
the ADHA Council on Dental
Hygiene Practice.
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