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Dental Hygiene, B.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #984 (BCR) California, MD, United States
Dental Hygiene is a rewarding personal touch profession that naturally encourages one-to-one patient relationships. It provides a challenging, independent, and satisfying work environment with flexible hours.
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The Admissions Office at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is participating in the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service, known as DHCAS. Applicants to the A.S., B.S. and on-line degree completion Dental Hygiene program will apply online using the DHCAS application.

Dental Hygiene is an undergraduate program focused on preventive oral health services and continuing care. The purpose of the program is to develop professionals prepared for the current practice of dental hygiene and future changes in oral health. All applications are reviewed to select a class of 42 to begin in September.

Possible Careers: Dental Hygienist in various settings; private practice offices, industrial organizations, schools, hospitals, local, state or federal public health services, and the armed forces

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Etiology and Management of Dental Caries
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Research I
  • Research II
  • Educational Psychology for Health Professionals
  • Principles of Education I
  • Web-based Techniques
  • Dental Hygiene Directed Study
  • Research Writing
  • Christian Ethics and Health Care
  • Loma Linda Perspectives

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • 96 quarter or 64 semester units of accredited college class work
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in science courses
  • Courses must be a C or higher to meet LLUSD requirements
  • Science courses must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program
PrerequisitesThe dental hygiene applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Chemistry - Introductory inorganic, organic and biochemistry (1 year)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (2 classes)
  • Microbiology (1 class)
  • Introduction to Sociology (1 class)
  • Introduction to Psychology (1 class)
  • Freshman English (fluency in English is required) (1 year)
  • College level math (1 class)
  • Speech (1 class)
  • Cultural Anthropology (1 class)
  • Personal Health or Nutrition (1 class)
  • Physical Education (2 activity courses required)
  • Humanities - 20 Quarter or 14 Semester Units (3 areas required from the list below):
  • History/Civilization
  • Fine Arts Theory
  • Performing Arts (4 units max)
  • Literature
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Religion (If attending an SDA school 4 quarter or 3 semester units are required for each year attended)
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      33675 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33675 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      33675 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33675 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for California

    • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
      Living Costs

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