Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene
dental hygiene practice

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene is one of the most rapidly expanding professions in the Allied Health field. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases and promoting overall health. They are graduates of accredited programs in colleges and universities and must pass national and state board examinations in order to be licensed.

As part of the dental team, the dental hygienist works closely with the dentist. Professional roles in dental hygiene include, but are not limited to, those of a clinician, educator, patient advocate, administrator/manager, and researcher in private and public health care settings.

Cost of Attendance & More

Making sure your program is the right financial investment is an important part of the search process.

COST & FINANCING

Dental Hygiene in Photos

dental hygiene professor student interaction
dental hygiene service
dental hygiene student research

What sets us apart?

100% Pass Rate

100% pass rate on National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) & 100% pass rate on Council of Interstate Testing Agency (CITA) clinical board.

Systemic health with a focus on oral health

The mouth is the gateway to the body. Dental hygienists study more than just the oral cavity.  As a ULM dental hygiene student, you will learn to acquire and review medical histories, identify possible drug interactions and side effects, and perform oral cancer screenings, blood pressure screenings and nutritional counseling.  Focusing on the oral cavity, you will learn to expose and read x-rays, provide non-surgical periodontal therapy, apply preventive agents, provide oral healthcare instructions, administer local anesthesia and administer Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen sedation.

Mobile Dental Hygiene Unit

This million-dollar clinic on wheels allows ULM dental hygiene students to travel all over Ouachita and the surrounding parishes to provide oral health care for those who may not otherwise have access. The MDHU travels to a different site each semester. 

Riser School Based Dental Hygiene Clinic 

A dental hygiene clinic located on the campus of Riser Elementary and Middle Schools in West Monroe, Louisiana.  Students are able to receive routine oral health appointments without leaving campus.  Dental cleanings, sealants, x-rays, and fluoride treatments are just a few of the services dental hygiene students provide to Riser students. 

Fully Accredited
Community Focused

Dental hygiene is a career focused on helping others.  ULM Dental Hygiene students visit many places in the area delivering oral health education and tools for proper oral hygiene.  Some examples are schools, nursing homes, the Council on Aging, daycares, and health fairs.

Here are a few of the top careers in this field:

- Clinical dental hygienist

- Dental team manager

- Educator

- Public Health 

- Graduate School

- Researcher

- Commercial/Sales/Consultant

 

DENTAL HYGIENE CURRICULUM PLAN
 
FRESHMAN YEAR (PRE-DENTAL HYGIENE)
COURSE HRS   COURSE HRS
Core English Composition* 6 Sociology 1001cs 3
Chemistry 1001cnp, 1002cnp 6 Psychology 2001cs 3
Math 1011cm, 1016cm 6 UNIV 1001 (1)
Biology 1014cnp, 1015cnp, 1016, 1017 8    
  TOTAL HOURS 32
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR (PRE-DENTAL HYGIENE)
COURSE HRS   COURSE HRS
Core Humanities Elective* 9 Communication Studies 1001 or 2001 3
Core Fine Arts* 3 Communication Studies 1018, or 2060, or 4026 3
Biology 2014, 2015 4 HLST 2007 3
  TOTAL HOURS 25
 
JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE HRS   COURSE HRS
Dental Hygiene 3018, 3019, 3020, 3021, 3022, 3023, 3024, 3025, 3026, 3027, 3028
25
Health Studies 3004uc 3
       
  TOTAL HOURS 28
 
SUMMER SESSION   SENIOR YEAR
COURSE HRS   COURSE HRS
Dental Hygiene 4015, 4016, 4017 4 Dental Hygiene 4014, 4019, 4020, 4021, 4022,  4026, 4027, 4028, 4029, 4031, 4033, 4034, 4035
31
       
TOTAL HOURS 4 TOTAL HOURS 31
 
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS

120

* Refer to University Core Curriculum requirements in the Course Catalog.

NOTE: This information is provided as a reference only and is subject to change. Always verify all curriculum information with your faculty advisor or the dean's office. For complete curricular information, see the ULM Undergraduate Catalog.


NOTE: Visit the following page on the ULM website to find out if courses taken at other colleges and univeristies will transfer to ULM.  https://webservices.ulm.edu/flightpath/tools/transfer-search

 

List of programs/Activities:

Students in the Dental Hygiene professional program are required to participate in:

 

  • Student American Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) 

 

  • Numerous events in the community

Learn more about financial aid options: https://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

Learn more about scholarship opportunities: https://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/

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