Pre-Dental Hygiene Curriculum
Dental hygiene is a baccalaureate program at UNMC’s College of Dentisty in Lincoln. To be eligible to apply to that program, students must complete at a minimum, two years worth of pre-requisites at UNO or another accredited institution. If admitted to the dental hygiene program at UNMC, students will complete an additional two years there and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from UNMC. Admission to the program is competitive, so students are encouraged to choose a major of interest and pursue that, alongside the pre-dental hygiene curriculum.
No courses taken for Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, or CLEP will be accepted at UNMC’s College of Dentistry.
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, but the average GPA for entering classes has been 3.5 or higher.
No grade below C will be accepted.
Biological Sciences (16 credit hours minimum)
BIOL 1450 Biology I 5 credits
BIOL 2440 Biology of Microorganisms 4 credits
BIOL 2740 Human Physiology & Anatomy I 4 credits
BIOL 2840 Human Physiology & Anatomy II 4 credits
Chemical Sciences (16 credit hours minimum)
CHEM 1180* & 1184 General Chemistry I & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 1190 & 1194 General Chemistry II & Lab 4 credits
*Requires Math 1310 or placement beyond, plus CHEM 1140 & 1144 or placement beyond as pre-requisites.
Mathematics (0 credit hours minimum)
MATH 1310 is a pre-requisite for chemistry. A mathematics course is not required if proficiency is established by a MPE of 3 or an ACT math subscore of 23 or better.
English Composition (6 credit hours minimum)
ENGL 1150 English Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 1160 or 1164 English Composition II 3 credits
(Advanced writing composition courses can be substituted, if proficiency is established by examination.)
Speech (3 credit hours minimum)
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking Fundamentals 3 credits
Psychology and Sociology (6 credit hours minimum)
PSYC 1010 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 1010 Intro to Sociology 3 credits
Nutrition (3 credit hours minimum)
HPER 3090 Applied Nutrition 3 credits
Humanities/Arts (6 credit hours minimum)
Choose from English literature, philosophy, music history, art history, theater arts, and drawing.
Social & Behavioral Sciences/ Human Behavior, Cultural & Social Organization (3 credit hours minimum)
Choose from psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and geography
12-hour series in a single academic area (12 credit hours minimum)
A twelve-hour series must be completed in a specific area of study. The courses must have the same course prefix for all courses being considered. Examples of good choices are: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Philosophy.