Dental Hygiene

What is Dental Hygiene?

A Dental Hygienist is a licensed preventive oral health professional who provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public. In addition to carrying out clinical responsibilities such as scaling and polishing teeth, hygienists help patients develop and maintain good oral health.

Pre-Dental Hygiene Prerequisites

Definition from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
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Pre-Dental Hygiene Track

Pre-Dental Hygiene is not a degree-granting program at the University of Maryland, College Park. A Baccalaureate degree program for a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene (BS-DH) is a 2+2 program. Students complete 2 years of prerequisite courses at the University of Maryland and then apply for admission to a professional school to complete 2 years of professional coursework, which includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. Admission to professional schools is competitive and is not guaranteed by the University of Maryland. Contact programs for most current requirements.

Professional School Programs for a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene (BS-DH)

University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Old Dominion University

Pennsylvania College of Technology

University of Pittsburgh

Associations and Contact Information

Contact the American Dental Hygienists' Association or the American Dental Association for specific information about individual BS-DH program prerequisites.

American Dental Hygienists' Association
444 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60601

American Dental Association
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Pre-Dental Hygiene Websites

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook
The US Department of Labor handbook on working conditions, employment, training, qualifications and advancement, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations.
Descriptions of various career opportunities, including description of job, salary, training, and national contacts.

Dental Globe
This non-profit site is devoted to bringing the international world of dentistry close together. You will find lots of interesting links to organizations all over the world.

Dental Admission Test (DAT) 
ADA information on the DAT