Department of Dental Hygiene

Toothbrush PhotoDental hygiene, a preventive profession, is composed of licensed dental hygienists who are an integral part of the dental health team. They provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to those seeking dental care.

The dental hygiene curriculum at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln is fully approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and its graduates are eligible for examination and licensure in all states. The curriculum is organized into a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

Preparation for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program consists of approximately two academic years of study and this course work must be completed at any accredited college.

TRANSFER CREDIT:  All official transcripts from postsecondary institutions will be examined and credit will be awarded according to UNMC policy.  Usually, credit from any accredited institution of higher learning is accepted for transfer if successfully completed with a course grade of C or above.  For two- and four-year institutions, transfer credit will be determined by the standards set forth in the "Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Education Institutions" published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices.  No credit will be awarded for D grades.

To comply with our prerequisites, it would be advisable to contact our Dental Hygiene Program (UNMC College of Dentistry, 40th and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740, Phone: 402-472-1433) so we can help you select courses that will fulfill requirements for our dental hygiene program as well as your respective college.

Please contact the dental hygiene program advisor for guidance.