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 Click on Programs: 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 Alternative Curriculum Options Optio University Housing A Dental Hygienist is... 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.