Department of Dental Hygiene

The UNMC College of Dentistry is at the forefront of dental hygiene education. With small class sizes and hands-on learning in patient care clinics, our unique learning environment promotes our students’ success.

Reasons why our educational experience is extraordinary:

Small class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios

With a small class size, our students thrive in our close-knit, supportive environment. Students receive personalized guidance and mentoring from our extraordinary faculty members.

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Hands-on learning in patient care clinics

We have created a highly effective clinical model that closely resembles providing comprehensive care within a private practice. Dental hygiene students work in conjunction with dental students to provide patients with all the care they need. This clinic model promotes a sense of teamwork and helps students build relationships with their patients.

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Hands-on learning with community outreach

Our many community outreach programs (Special Olympics, SHARING Clinic, etc.) allow students to volunteer their time and talents to provide services to underserved populations that have little or no access to oral health care. Students have memorable, rewarding experiences helping those in need while they practice their clinical and communication skills.

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Collaborative, interactive classroom learning

Our faculty members utilize the latest interactive classroom technology. We are a leader in developing innovative e-modules to teach important concepts and our iWall allows students to interact with educational content through touch-enabled software and virtual reality. To our knowledge, we are the only dental hygiene program in the nation with an iWall, offering our students a truly unique educational experience.

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Student-lead research projects

Our students lead cutting-edge, award-winning research projects with guidance from our faculty. Students have opportunities to present their research findings at national meetings and many receive top honors for their work.

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Extraordinary faculty

Our faculty have a great impact on our students’ success. Many of our faculty are involved with cutting-edge research, lead local and national outreach activities for underserved populations, serve in leadership roles in organizations including the American Dental Hygienists' Association, and are dedicated practitioners, providing patient care using the latest clinical techniques.

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