dental hygiene

Emphasis areas

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Registered Dental Hygienist

Admission requirements

  • A personal interview, motivation and satisfactory completion of approximately two years of college (60 hours) must be completed before admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and satisfy the general education prerequisites.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.5 and a college science grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree, including the dental hygiene basic preparation curriculum. The basic preparation curriculum emphasizes the basic sciences and the dental and dental hygiene sciences.
  • The dental hygiene program begins in August of each year and continues for two academic years with a summer session between years.    students in lab class


  • The Division of Dental Hygiene is one of the most respected schools for dental education, research and outreach.
  • The School of Dentistry provides state-of-the-art clinical facilities, a library with holdings in excess of 21,000 dental books and journals and content expertise.
  • The Dental Hygiene Alumni Association is a vital and active group of more than 1,500 members, providing continuing education and scholarships.
  • The Division of Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education

Fast facts

  • The School of Dentistry originated from Kansas City Dental College, which was established in 1881. Today, the UMKC School of Dentistry is only dental school in the state of Missouri.
  • UMKC is the only school in the state of Missouri that offers advanced educational programs and clinical training in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Endodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in cooperation with Children's Mercy Hospital.
  • Two thirds of the dentists currently practicing in Missouri received their D.D.S. from the UMKC School of Dentistry.


  • School of Dentistry faculty are both talented and experienced, with a broad range of expertise as clinicians and scientists. Each member of the faculty is focused on student success through individualized assistance and attention.
  • Faculty present professional papers annually at national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Faculty members also maintain an active role in continuing education, creating and conducting local and national educational offerings to dental care professionals.

Student organizations

  • Pre-Dental Hygiene Society
  • American Association of Dental Research
  • American Student Dental Association
  • Student National Dental Association
  • Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity
  • A full listing of student organizations available to UMKC students is available at: 


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.