UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The following competencies have been adopted by the faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene as the skills, knowledge and values every graduate must be able to consistently and independently demonstrate to qualify for graduation. The School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene assessment plan calls for theses competencies to be assessed throughout the classroom, laboratory and patient care experiences during the student's tenure in the program in the form of papers, case study presentations, student portfolios, clinical competency examinations, community assessment and other appropriate assessment measures.

The UMKC dental hygiene graduate will be competent in:

  • Assessing persons of all ages and stages of life in a diverse society.
  • Treatment planning and case presentation for persons of all ages/stages of life in a diverse society.
  • Health education strategies for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
  • Provision of preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  • Use of support procedures to facilitate the provision of dental hygiene care.
  • Infection and hazard control procedures to prevent transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Management procedures (emergency management, communication, etc.)
  • Community oral health strategies in a culturally diverse society.
  • Utilization of information technology to assist in evidence-based decision making.

Students must complete the required writing intensive courses within the dental hygiene curriculum with a grade of "C" or higher thereby meeting the WEPT requirement for BSDH candidates.

This clinical entry level program is for the individual who wants to go into the field of dental hygiene. The primary goals of the basic preparation bachelor of science degree program in dental hygiene are to prepare dental hygienists to perform competently in clinical practice and to perform competently in clinical practice and/ or community oral health program planning, clinical teaching,  special patient care, practice management and research.

Admission to the Clinical Entry Level Program

Admission is on a selective basis and requires more than simply meeting certain course or GPA requirements. Factors considered in the selection process are the candidates' academic credentials, letters of evaluation, a personal interview, motivation and all other information submitted by the candidates. Formal applications for admission to the dental hygiene program must be submitted no later than Feb. 1 of the year that the student desires admission. Classes formally begin each year at the end of August. Minimum requirements and credentials for application are all of the following:
  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent.
  2. Satisfactory completion of approximately two academic years or 60 semester hours of college. (The 60 semester hours must satisfy the general education requirements, which are specified later in this section. All general education requirements must be completed prior to entrance into the dental hygiene program.)
  3. Application to UMKC.
  4. Supplemental application for admission to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
  5. College transcripts of all college coursework.
  6. A cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5.
  7. A college science GPA of at least 2.5.
  8. Three evaluation and reference forms.
  9. Personal interview with at least two members of the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee (interviews will be scheduled after February).
  10. For international applicants, a satisfactory TOEFL score (at least 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computer-based version).

Notification of Admission

Applications for admission are reviewed by the School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Student Admissions Committee. After a decision is reached on an application, notification of acceptance is made by mail. The applicant has 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter to make a required non-refundable $100 deposit. This deposit is applied to enrollment fees.

Several applicants are placed on an alternates list. In the event that a position becomes available, an applicant from this list is chosen to fill the vacancy. Alternates may be accepted through the first week of the program.

Program Prerequisites

Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours prior to entry. Credits will be granted for courses taken at other institutions which are substantially equivalent to those offered at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, provided a grade of C or above was received. Credit hours listed with the required courses shown below may vary according to the educational institution. It is recommended that you consult with your adviser.

The following courses must be completed prior to entering the dental hygiene program:

Communicating (9 hours)Hours
ENGLISH 110English I 3
ENGLISH 225 English II3
COMM-ST 110Effective Speaking 3
Mathematics (3 hours) 
MATH 110College Algebra 3
Higher-order Thinking, Managing Information and Valuing (6 hours)6
  (Choose at least two different fields from the following:)
PHILOS 210 or PHILOS 222  
ANTHRO 102 or ANTHRO 103 
COMP-SCI 100 or above  
MATH 160 or above 
Humanities and Fine Arts  6
  One 3 credit hour course chosen from English, Communication Studies, Foreign Language or Philosophy AND one 3 credit hour course from Art/Art History, Conservatory or Theater.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 hours) 
 General Sociology 3
  General Psychology3
  Constitution Course3
Biological and Physical Sciences (13-19 hours) 
 Chemistry 4-6
  (Must be equivalent to UMKC CHEM 211)  
 Microbiology 3-5
 Physiology 3-4
  (If taking a combined Anatomy & Physiology course, it must be a sequence of two semesters.)  
Electives (10-15 hours)10-15
  Computer application courses are highly recommended.  

The dental hygiene program begins in August of each year and continues for two academic years with a summer session between years. For more information, contact the program director.

First Year      
Fall Semester  Hours
BMS 9701  Head and Neck Anatomy 2.0
DENT-HYG 3000  Dental Morphology2.0
DENT-HYG 3020  Dental Radiology 2.0
DENT-HYG 3080  Introduction to the Preventive Practice of Dental Hygiene 4.0
DENT-HYG 3080L  Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene2.0
DENT-HYG 3320  Oral Health Behavior Change 3.0
LS-PHYS 3070  Oral Physiology3.0
Total    18.0
Spring Semester   
DENT-HYG 3200  Histopathology 3.0
DENT-HYG 3210  Applied Biochemistry2.0
DENT-HYG 3220  Dental Biomaterials 2.0
DENT-HYG 3280C  Dental Hygiene Clinic I3.0
DENT-HYG 3285  Seminar In Dental Hygiene I 2.0
DENT-HYG 3260  Principles of Periodontics3.0
DENT-HYG 3300  Radiographic Interpretation 0.5
DENT-HYG 3340  Principles of Public Health2.0
Total    17.5
Second Year   
Summer Semester   
DENT-HYG 4020  Local Anesthesia 3.0
DENT-HYG 4060C  Dental Hygiene Clinic II2.0
DENT-HYG 4065  Seminar in Dental Hygiene II 1.0
Total   6.0
Fall Semester   
DENT-HYG 4050  Periodontics II 2.0
DENT-HYG 4080  Intro. To Research Design2.0
DENT-HYG 4100  Pharmacology 3.0
DENT-HYG 4120  Seminar in Dental Hygiene III2.0
DENT-HYG 4120C  Dental Hygiene Clinic III 4.0
DENT-HYG 4220  Community Oral Health Field Exp2.0
DENT-HYG 4400   Nutrition & Oral Health3.0
Total    18.0
Spring Semester   
DENT-HYG 4210  Practice Management 3.0
DENT-HYG 4240  Ethics & Jurisprudence1.0
DENT-HYG 4260  Senior Seminar 2.0
DENT-HYG 4260C  Dental Hygiene Clinice IV4.0
Electives (Select One)   
DENT-HYG 4320   Special Patient Care Practicum2-4
DENT-HYG 4330  Oncology Practicum 1-4
DENT-HYG 4340  Community Dentistry Practicum2-4
DENT-HYG 4350   Periodontal Therapy Practicum1-4
DENT-HYG 4380  Research Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4660  Independent Study1-4
Total    12-15
Total Hours   70-73
A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.

The Division of Dental Hygiene reserves the privilege of making changes and improvements in course sequence and content to assure the best dental hygiene education for its students.

This program is designed for students who have completed formal dental hygiene programs at other educational institutions and desire to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree.

Formal applications for admission to this program must be submitted by Feb. 1 for the class beginning in August of each year. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Basic requirements and credentials for admission are all of the following:

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. Results and successful completion of the National Board Examination for dental hygiene.
  3. High school transcripts.
  4. Complete college transcripts.
  5. Satisfactory grade point average.
  6. Application for admission to UMKC.
  7. Supplemental application for admission to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
  8. Three reference forms (including one from the director of the accredited dental hygiene program attended).
  9. An interview with the admissions committee

All students enrolled in the degree completion program must complete the general education requirements of the Division of Dental Hygiene prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree. Refer to the general education requirements stated under the description of the basic preparation program for a listing of those courses. Courses that the student has not completed will be included in the individual program of study for that student.

An individual program of study will be developed for each student depending on the number of college hours completed previously. The following courses are available through the Division of Dental Hygiene:

DENT-HYG 5595* Scientific Writing 1
DENT-HYG 4020* Local Anesthesia and
   Pain Control 2
DENT-HYG 4040* Research and Instruction 1-2
DENT-HYG 4500* Seminar in Health Care Issues 1-2
DENT-HYG 4620* Principles of Dental
  Hygiene Education 3
DENT-HYG 4080* Introduction to Research Design 2
DENT-HYG 4625 Dental Hygiene Administration 3
DENT-HYG 4600* Advanced Clinic Concepts
  and Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4640 Student Teaching
   and Conference I 2-4
DENT-HYG 4680* Dental Hygiene
   Clinical Instruction I 2-4
DENT-HYG 4685 Dental Hygiene
  Clinical Instruction II 2-4
DENT-HYG 4650 Student Teaching
  and Conference II 2-4
DENT-HYG 4630 Practicum in Dental
  Hygiene Administration 2-4
DENT-HYG 4635 Practicum in Clinical
   Supervision 2-4
DENT-HYG 4380 Research Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4660 Independent Study 2-4
DENT-HYG 4340 Community Dentistry Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4350 Periodontics Co-Therapy
 Practicum 3
DENT-HYG 4330 Oncology Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4320 Special Patient Care Practicum 3
* Required courses in the degree completion curriculum.
The student must complete 30 credit hours in residence and have a minimum of 124 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Electives may be taken in the School of Dentistry, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education or Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. The particular choice of study will be determined by each student in consultation with the director of the degree completion program.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following competencies have been adopted by the faculty to assure our graduates are adequately prepared to succeed in the dynamic job market of their chosen area of expertise. The assessment plan provides direct and indirect measures of these competencies through exit interview, portfolio, California critical thinking skills test, Information Competency exam, and publication rate.

The competencies expected of a graduate are:

  • Managing self (ability to take responsibility for one's own education and performance, including the awareness, development and applicatin of one's own skills and competencies).
  • Managing Information (ability to pose a researchable question, collect evidence, understand and apply evidence and use technology to manage literature and data).
  • Communicating (interacting effectively with a variety of individuals and groups to facilitate the gathering, integrating and conveying of information in many forms; i.e., verbal, written, visual).
  • Managing people and tasks (the ability to direct, plan, organize and coordinate work done by others; involves making decisions, motivating people and managing conflict).
  • Mobilizing innovation and change (conceptualizing and setting in motion ways of initiating and managing change that involves significant departures from the current mode).
  • Ethical decision making (ability to consider ethical issues and assess consequences of decision making).