Division of Dental
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and
Mason, RDH, M.Ed.
Director, Dental Hygiene
LSUHSC School of
Division of Dental Hygiene, Box
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans, LA
The LSUHSC School of Dentistry (LSUSD) offers a
bachelor of science in dental hygiene at two
campuses. The main campus for the dental school
is in New Orleans; all didactic and clinical
course work for the dental hygiene program
occurs on this campus. The second campus,
established in 1999 as an extension of the LSUSD
curriculum, is in Lafayette, Louisiana.
LSUSD uses distance learning technology to
transmit all of the lecture courses to the
Lafayette campus. All didactic and
clinical course work occurs at the Lafayette
Community Health Care Center.
philosophy of the dental hygiene program is to
educate dental hygiene students to provide
comprehensive, current and quality-based care to
all segments of the population. The program
continually strives to maintain an environment in
which students can acquire knowledge, develop
critical thinking skills and become responsible,
ethical professionals who value lifelong
The specific goals of the dental
hygiene program are the following:
Prepare the students to be competent as defined by
the program document, "Competencies for the LSUSD
dental hygiene graduate."
admissions policies to ensure qualified
3. Utilize current educational
methodologies and information to ensure an
educationally sound curriculum.
quality individualized patient-centered dental
5. Review the curriculum to
ensure it is relevant and current.
Educate students to successfully complete the
national board and clinical licensure
7. Design experiences for
students to provide dental hygiene services to
diverse populations within the
8. Encourage student and faculty
participation in professional association
9. Engage students and faculty
in scholarly activities.
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 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.
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
View rosters of
gratis faculty in the Division
of Dental Hygiene.