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Preparation for the study of dental hygiene

Important general information

Students interested in the pre-dental hygiene advising track must complete the two-year pre-dental hygiene program requirements for application to the Dental Hygiene Program on the MCV Campus at VCU. The pre-dental hygiene program requires the specific prerequisite courses outlined below, as well as approximately 15 elective credits totaling a minimum 60 credit hours before students can begin the baccalaureate program. The Dental Hygiene Program does not accept grades of D. Science courses must be completed within six years of matriculation. Non-native English speaking applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet-based). Students may be required to complete CHEM 100 and MATH 151 prior to enrollment in CHEM 101 depending on math and chemistry placement test results. Students are encouraged to also apply to dental hygiene programs at other institutions and to plan a back-up major. Students interested in pre-dental hygiene should consult with a pre-health academic adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the program and/or school to which they hope to apply and to speak about back-up majors.

Admission to and completion of the pre-dental hygiene advising track does not constitute admission to VCU's Dental Hygiene Program in the School of Dentistry. Students must apply separately to the dental hygiene program/school of their choice at the appropriate time.

Students with an interest in preparing for the dental hygiene program should declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-dental hygiene advising track. Students do not earn a pre-dental hygiene degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-dental hygiene students are encouraged to choose a back-up major in a discipline of greatest interest to them.

Prerequisites for the pre-dental hygiene advising track
It is recommended that applicants select a challenging course-load of science and math courses each semester to ensure adequate preparation for the academic rigor of the dental hygiene program.

Science and non-science courses required for the pre-dental hygiene advising track
Students interested in pre-dental hygiene must complete biological concepts and laboratory, human anatomy (laboratory included), human physiology and laboratory, medical microbiology and laboratory and general chemistry I and laboratory.

The non-science prerequisites for the pre-dental hygiene advising track are: English composition (Focused Inquiry I and II), writing and rhetoric, statistics, introduction to psychology, introduction to sociology, effective speech, a visual or performing arts course and elective courses to complete the 60 credit-hour requirement needed to enroll in the dental hygiene program. DENS 101, although not required, is highly recommended.

Students are required to have a basic level of computer competence, the ability to use a personal computer for word processing, e-mail, online bibliographic searches and internet list-serve discussions. It is also helpful for students to be familiar with presentation and spreadsheet software. A medical terminology course is recommended but not required.

Additional information for the VCU pre-dental hygiene advising track
Applicants apply and submit documentation electronically, including letters of reference. All submissions must be received (not postmarked) by the due date (in early spring semester).

Prerequisites for the dental hygiene program

VCU courses Credits
   
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab) 4
BIOL 209 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOZ 209 Medical Microbiology Laboratory 1
CHEM 101 General Chemistry* 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ206 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SPCH 121 Effective Speech 3
SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics** 3
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Electives (to reach 60 total credit hour minimum) 15
Visual or performing arts class 3
Total 60

*The prerequisite for CHEM 101 is CHEM 100 with a minimum grade of C or high school chemistry and a satisfactory combination of math SAT score and high school GPA. The math pre- or corequisite is MATH 151. CHEM 100 and MATH 151 can be used to count toward the elective requirements.
**The prerequisite for STAT 210 is MATH 131, MATH 141, MATH 151 or satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course.

Sample curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Total 17
   
Fall semester, sophomore year  
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ 206 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
SPCH 121 Effective Speech 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Visual or performing arts class 3
Total 13
   
Spring semester, sophomore year  
BIOL 209 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOZ 209 Medical Microbiology Laboratory 1
Electives 11-12
Total 15-16
   
Total minimum requirement (for admission to dental hygiene program) 60
 

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