The UMMC School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene department offers an entry-level, traditional baccalaureate degree program for students who plan to earn a dental hygiene license. Upon completion of the five-semester, 22-month face-to-face program, students earn a bachelor of science degree and are prepared to apply for and obtain a dental hygiene license. During the first year at the Medical Center, students study basic and dental sciences and dental hygiene theory and techniques. In the second year, emphasis is on clinical experience and application of dental hygiene procedures.
The Dental Hygiene program goals, which are congruent with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the School of Dentistry goals, are to:
A graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Baccalaureate Dental Hygiene Program will have attained the following competencies:
Dental hygiene process of care patient needs analysis (assessment)
Care plan (treatment plan)
Patient care (implementation, evaluation and documentation)