College of Health & Pharmaceutical Sciences Dental Hygiene
ADMISSION PHILOSOPHY: Admissions to the ULM Dental Hygiene Program is competitive. The Admissions and Academic
Standards Committee is charged with reviewing the applicants and accepting those who
possess the best credentials. The committeee attempts to select the best possible
students based on the criteria set forth.
Application Materials- All application information for admission must be submitted
to the Department of Dental Hygiene by March 1 of the year in which the student wishes
to apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application to the University, if not already enrolled
Completion of the pre-dental hygiene curriculum, including a minimum of 20 science
hours, and a total of 40 overall hours prior to application
2.5 uncorrected overall GPA or above in all college courses
Official copy of the American College Test (ACT)
Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Two major areas are considered in the admissions process:
1. Academic Ability: ULM considers dental hygiene to be a profession with a strong scientific basis. Students
entering this educational program must possess a strong background in science as well
as the ability to build on this existing base.
Overall Corrected GPA: This numeric factor is calculated using the highest grade achieved
in pre-requisite courses
Science GPA: Calculated using all of the required science pre-requisites
ACT: Only the science score will be used
2. Personal and other attributes: Dental Hygiene requires excellent “people skills”. Applicants must possess and demonstrate
the ability to communicate both in written and verbal communication skills. The competent
dental hygienist provides care using the highest professional knowledge, judgement
and ethical standards.
In addition, those interested in a career in dental hygiene should determine whether
or not they possess maturity, commitment, and flexibility required to complete the
curriculum and succeed in this profession.
Managing stress and the possession of high ethical standards are considered to be
desirable qualities. These criteria are assessed by:
Personal interview: An applicant who meets all of the admission requirements will be granted a personal
interview with the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee
Dental experience: Although not necessary to apply, DH 1001 is offered as an elective and experience
in a dental setting is strongly encouraged to enhance the applicant’s understanding
of dental responsibilities