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Prerequisite Courses

Both the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees require 39 SC of preprofessional course work and 68 SC of professional course work.

The bachelor’s degree requires an additional 6 SC of basic education course work and 7 SC of additional upper level course work.

At least 40 SC of the total course work appearing on the student’s degree plan must be courses taken at the upper level (junior or senior). Students are encouraged to consult with the department chairman regarding specific upper level course work requirements.

The following 39 SC of courses are required for admission.  All listed courses are required from a regionally accredited post-secondary academic institution, and must fulfill all College requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit.  If in doubt of the suitability of the following prerequisite courses, please call the College of Health Professions Welcome Center for clarification. For a list of eligible prerequisite courses at institutions around Arkansas, see our Dental Hygiene Prerequisite Guide for 2015-2016adobepdf_icon.

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
SCIENCE
Chemistry4
  Principles of chemistry course with laboratory
Biology
Principles of biology course with laboratory. (A Zoology course is also acceptable.) 4
Microbiology4
One semester course with a laboratory
Mathematics
College Algebra or higher mathematics3
TOTAL SCIENCE15
LIBERAL ARTS
History3
History of the United States or National Government
English Composition6
Two-semester sequence of English Composition
TOTAL LIBERAL ARTS9
FINE ARTS
  Music, Art, Theater3
HUMANITIES
  Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Psychology  General Psychology3
Sociology  Introduction to Sociology3
TOTAL SOCIAL SCIENCES6
COMMUNICATIONS
Speech Communication Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
TOTAL39

Proof of successful completion of course work taken in a semester immediately preceding entry into the professional curriculum must be presented before registration.  Chemistry, biology, and microbiology courses must include laboratory sections and must have been completed not more than seven years prior to entry into the program.   Credit by examination will not be given for the science courses.  A course grade of “C” or higher must be achieved to satisfy program prerequisite requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Program:  In addition to the 39 SC of prerequisite course work and the 68 SC in the dental hygiene curriculum, the following 13 SC are required for the BS degree and must be completed prior to Graduation:

  • 6 SC History of Civilization
  • 7 SC additional upper level electives.