Program in Dental Hygiene
About a Career in Dental
- Are you interested in helping people remain
- Would you enjoy direct patient care?
- Would you like the security of a specialized
- Would you like flexible working hours?
- Would you like the potential to earn a good
- 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 are the following:
- Work with dentists and other dental personnel 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 at two
campuses. The main dental hygiene program is based at the dental school
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.
Specific Goals of the
Program in Dental Hygiene
1. Maintain admissions policies to ensure
2. Utilize current educational methodologies
and technology to ensure an educationally sound
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
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 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
do I get into Dental Hygiene
complete a minimum of 60 hours of college work to
be considered for admissions. You must have
|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 completed
by May for the Dental Hygiene class
starting in August.
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 standarized test for consideration for the Dental Hygiene program. 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.
Recommend job shadowing, working or volunteering with a dental professional before applying.
Admission to the Program in Dental Hygiene,
LSUHSC School of Dentistry
Admission to the
program in Dental Hygiene is competitive. The program accepts applications from Louisiana
residents after November 1st of the year prior to
admission. Final firm deadline for applications is
February 15th of the year of admission. Interviews
are conducted during March and April and the class
is selected during May.
Jorge Nunez Mendez, Coordinator of Admissions
Local: (504) 941-8124