Certificate in Dental Hygiene
School of Dentistry
3220 Old Dental Building, CB# 7450
The dental hygienist is an educator and motivator as well as a health care provider. As a practicing member of the dental health team, the hygienist is primarily concerned with the maintenance of oral health and the prevention of dental disease. Additionally, dental hygienists may assume professional leadership roles; participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health programs; engage in research activities; or serve as consultants and assume managerial roles in certain types of dental care delivery systems.
Students are subject to the academic requirements in place when they are admitted to the dental hygiene program; consequently, the requirements described in this catalog particularly apply to students admitted to the school during the 2016–2017 academic year.
Admission to the program is required.
All course descriptions can be found in ConnectCarolina and in the UNC School of Dentistry Academic Catalog (see dentistry.unc.edu).
Applicants interested in the certificate program in dental hygiene may be admitted to the program without junior standing after completion of:
|BIOL 252||Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|EXSS 276||Human Physiology||3|
|or PHYI 292||Introduction to Physiology|
& CHEM 102
& CHEM 102L
|General Descriptive Chemistry I|
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
and General Descriptive Chemistry II
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II
|or BIOC 107|
& BIOC 108
| Introduction to Biochemistry|
and Introduction to Biochemistry
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Communication and Social Process|
|Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication H|
|ENGL 105||English Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|MCRO 251||Introductory Medical Microbiology||4|
|or MCRO 255||Elementary Pathogenic Microbiology|
|PSYC 101||General Psychology||3|
|SOCI 101||Sociological Perspectives H||3|
|or SOCI 111||Human Societies|
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
After completion of the basic professional program, a certificate in dental hygiene is awarded. Enrollment to complete the baccalaureate degree requirements is an option for the student with a certificate or equivalent credential in dental hygiene.
Additional Information for the Dental Hygiene Programs
Upon provisional acceptance into the dental hygiene program, all students must provide an acceptable criminal background check and provide documentation of required immunizations, as well as varicella vaccine series and/or a positive quantitative titer, hepatitis B series (three shots) and a positive quantitative titer, and the two-step tuberculosis skin test (TST). The two skin tests must be taken within a 12-month period. Specific information is provided in the School of Dentistry Academic Catalog.
One of the consequences of the delivery of health care is the possibility of contracting infectious disease such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, herpes, or HIV. To minimize this risk, the UNC School of Dentistry has adopted an infectious control policy that requires wearing a clinical overgarment, protective safety eyewear, disposable gloves, and a mask when oral examinations and dental hygiene services are being provided.
Dental school fees are required that include instrument rental and other supplies needed for clinical care and the education of patients. Additional costs may occur for projects required in the curriculum.