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Program in Dental Hygiene
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Thinking About a Career in Dental Hygiene?

  • Are you interested in helping people remain healthy?
  • Would you enjoy direct patient care?
  • Would you like the security of a specialized career?
  • Would you like flexible working hours?
  • Would you like the potential to earn a good salary?
  • Would you like the opportunity to practice nationwide and abroad?
  • Are you interested in an academic career in the health sciences?
  • Are you interested in public health?

Dental Hygiene may be the career for you. The responsibilities of a Dental Hygienist includethe following:

  • Work with dentists and other healthcare professionals to meet the oral health needs of the patients
  • Perform oral cancer screenings, review medical histories, take blood pressure readings, and chart the teeth
  • Remove deposits from the teeth
  • Educate patients about proper oral hygiene
  • Take x-rays of the teeth
  • Administer local anesthesia
  • Administer nitrous oxide/oxygen
  • Apply fluoride and sealants to the teeth
  • Counsel patients on proper nutrition, tobacco cessation, dental treatment options

The LSUHSC School of Dentistry (LSUSD) offers a bachelor of science degree.

Specific Goals of the Program in Dental Hygiene

1. Maintain admissions policies to ensure qualified candidates.

2. Utilize current educational methodologies and technology to ensure an educationally sound curriculum.

3. Review the curriculum to ensure it is relevant and current.

4. Prepare students to be competent as defined by the program document, "Competency Statements for the Program in Dental Hygiene, LSU School of Dentistry."

5. Educate students to successfully complete the National Board examination.

6. Educate students to successfully complete clinical licensure examinations.

7. Design experiences for students to provide dental hygiene services to diverse populations within the community.

8. Support an environment conducive to faculty development.

The dental hygiene program is an integral part of the dental school since the dental hygiene faculty educates both dental hygiene students and dental students to provide dental hygiene care as part of comprehensive dental treatment. Dental hygiene and dental students take pain control classes together, collaborate on teams with each other on the needs of their shared patients, and learn to respect the contributions both professions make to the team concept of dental treatment.

The dental hygiene program is integrated into all aspects of the dental school. Access to state-of-the-art educational technology, involvement with outcomes assessment, concurrent involvement of dental hygiene students with dental students in extramural rotations, and the inclusion of faculty in all faculty development activities and committees are just a few examples of an institution that strives to meet the needs of both the dental and dental hygiene curricula.

What are the Prerequisites for consideration to the LSU Dental Hygiene Program?

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College Requirements
You must complete a minimum of 60 hours of college work to be considered for admissions. You must have successfully completed:

Academic Electives -5 hours Fine Arts -3 hours Psychology -3 hours
Biology -13 hours Gen. Chem. -6 hours Sociology -3 hours
English -9 hours Humanities -9 hours Speech -3 hours
Math -6 hours    

Students may apply for the Dental Hygiene program before completing all classes.  However, all required courses must be successfully completed by May for the Dental Hygiene class starting in August. Because of their foundational significance, all science courses must be taken within 5 years of application and through an in-person and not on-line format. All other prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of application and may be on-line.

American College Test
The ACT is administered at various sites throughout the year. An applicant must have a composite score of a 20 or greater on the ACT standardized test for consideration for the Dental Hygiene program. We do take the science ACT score into consideration as well but with no specific minimum at this time. You should plan to have completed this test and the score received from ACT by the Office of Admissions by February 15th of the year of admission.

Dental Experience
A minimum of 80 hours of job shadowing, work or volunteering with a dental professional is required for consideration to the program.

Admission to the Program in Dental Hygiene, LSUHSC School of Dentistry
Admission to the program in Dental Hygiene is very competitive and only admits Louisiana residents. The program accepts applications after November 1st of the year prior to admission. Final firm deadline for completion and verification of applications is February 15th of the year of admission. We strongly suggest completing submissions by February 1st to ensure final verification of your application by February 15th. Interviews are conducted during March and April and the class is selected during May.

Want More Information?


Jane Walsh, RDH, JD, Program Director of Dental Hygiene
Telephone: 504-941-8156
Fax:  504-941-8156
E-mail: jwals2@lsuhsc.edu


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