B.S. in Dental Hygiene (2 +2)
Prepare for a health career helping patients and their dental care.
Registered dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals. They provide direct patient care services that limit the extent of cavities and periodontal disease as well as promote the overall health and well-being of the oral environment and head and neck region. At the University of Mississippi, students complete two years of pre-requisites before applying to the professional dental hygiene program of their choice.
Students complete two years of pre-requisite courses and two years of courses in a competitive-entry dental hygiene program to ultimately earn a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Students are then prepared to apply for and obtain a dental hygiene license.
Graduates with Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Mississippi are employed as clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consultants and in public health agencies. Registered (licensed) dental hygienists practice according to the requirements of individual state dental practice acts.
The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene is a two-phase program, which prepares graduates for a professional credentialing examination. The first phase consists of 60 semester hours with a 2.5 minimum GPA. The second phase is in a professional program such as the dental hygiene program offered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. At least 8 hours of observation of 2 licensed or registered dental hygienist, in two separate clinical environments is required.
Students who attend the University of Mississippi in Oxford for their pre-requisites are not automatically admitted to the dental hygiene program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Admission is competitive, and different dental hygiene schools have different entrance and pre-requisite requirements.