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Why UMKC?

  • The Division of Dental Hygiene is oneof the most respected schools for dental education, research and outreach.
  • The School of Dentistry provides state-of-the-art clincal 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
  • An accredited dental hygiene program requires an average of 1,948 clock hours of curriculum. This includes 585 clock hours of supervised clinical dental hygiene instruction.

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Fast Facts

Average Starting Salary

  • Bachelor's level graduate, $50,000 per year
  • Master's level graduate, $62,000 per year

Top Salary

  • Professionals with a dental hygiene background can earn more than $80,000 per year

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Real World Experience

  • 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 schooí's clinic, providing basic hygiene care to patients.
  • Clinical learning occurs in building blocks to help ensure the competency required for graduation and licensure.

Careers

  • The UMKC Career Services staff will help you throughout your time at UMKC and beyond.
  • Free software programs and career counselors can help you determine if your course of study is right for you.
  • UMKC also offers a vast array of information about part-time jobs, internships and co-op opportunities.
  • As graduation approaches, UMKC will help with resume preparation, on-campus interviews and large job fairs.

Salaries

Average Starting Salary

  • Bachelor's level graduate, $50,000 per year
  • Master's level graduate, $62,000 per year

Top Salary

  • Professionals with a dental hygiene background can earn more than $80,000 per year

 

 


 

 

 

 

Admission Requirements

  • A personal interview, motivation and satisfactory completion of approximately two years of college (60 hours). These 60 hours must be completed before admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and satisfy the general education prerequisites. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA 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. Part-time studies are available. For complete and up-to-date requirements, refer to the UMKC general catalog.

Prerequisite Courses

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 to 65 semester hours must be completed prior to entering the program and must include the following:

  • Communications (9 hours)
  • English Composition I & II (6 hours)
  • Speech and Oral Argumentation (3 hours)
  • Mathematics (3 hours)
  • College Algebra (3 hours)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (12-17 hours)
  • Chemistry (5ñ6 hours); Microbiology (3-5 hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (4-6 hours) (can be 1 or 2 courses)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (9 hours)
  • American History (3 hours)
  • Sociology (3 hours); General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (12 hours); Higher Order Thinking (6 hours)
  • Electives (3-15 hours)
  • Computer application course is recommended

 

Major Courses

required courses
  • 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. Part-time studies are available. For complete and up-to-date requirements, please refer to the UMKC general catalog.
  • First Year, Fall Semester (16 hours): BMS 3065 Head and Neck Anatomy (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3000 Dental Morphology and Occlusion (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3020 Dental Radiology (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3080 Introduction to the Practice of Dental Hygiene (3 hours); Dental Hygiene 3080L Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3320 Oral Health Education (2 hours); LSPhysiology 3070 Oral Physiology (3 hours).
  • First Year, Winter Semester (16 hours): Biochemistry 3120 (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3200 Histology and Pathology (3 hours); Dental Hygiene 3220 Dental Biomaterials (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3280C Dental Hygiene Clinic I (3 hours); Dental Hygiene 3285 Seminar in Dental Hygiene I (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 3260 Principles of Periodontics (3 hours).
  • First Year, Summer Term (8 hours): Dental Hygiene 4020 Local Anesthesia (3 hours); Dental Hygiene 4060C Dental Hygiene Clinic II (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 4065 Seminar in Dental Hygiene II (1 hour); Dental Hygiene 3340 Principles of Public Health (2 hours).
  • Second Year, Fall Semester (16 hours): Dental Hygiene 4080 Introduction to Research Design (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 4100 Pharmacology (3 hours); LSBiochemistry 3240 Applied Nutrition (3 hours); Dental Hygiene 4120C Dental Hygiene Clinic III (4 hours); Dental Hygiene 4050 Peridontics II (1 hour); Dental Hygiene 4120 Seminar in Dental Hygiene III (2 hours).
  • Second Year, Winter Semester (13-15 hours): Dental Hygiene 4220 Community Oral Health Practicum (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 4240 Ethics and Jurisprudence (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 4210 Practice Management (2 hours); Dental Hygiene 4260 Senior Seminar (1 hour); Dental Hygiene 4260C Dental Hygiene Clinic IV (4 hours); Electives (Select one): Dental Hygiene 4380 Research Practicum (2ñ4 hours), Dental Hygiene 4340 Community Dentistry Practicum (2-4 hours), Dental Hygiene 4320 Special Patient Care Dental Hygiene 4320 Special Patient Care Practicum (3 hours), Dental Hygiene 4350 Perio Co-therapy Practicum (3 hours), Dental Hygiene 4660 Independent Study (2-4 hours), or Dental Hygiene 4330 Oncology Practicum (2-4 hours).

 

Other Programs Available

 

 

Faculty

Dental Hygiene
816-235-2050
dentistry@umkc.edu
http://umkc.edu/dentistry

 

 

Contact us

UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1111
www.umkc.edu
Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may
call Relay Missouri at:
1-800-735-2966 (TT)
1-800-735-2466 (voice)

 

Visit us

Contact the UMKC Welcome Center at 816-235-UMKC (8652), or toll-free at 1-800-775-UMKC (8652), and we'll arrange a guided campus tour and a meeting with faculty and staff.

 

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