School of Dentistry

Dental Hygiene Division

Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene
Office: Dental Hygiene Division
Telephone: (313) 494-6660

School of Dentistry

Office of Admissions
Telephone: (313) 494-6650
Fax: (313) 494-6659
P.O. Box 19900 Box 38
8200 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48219-0900

Dean: H. Robert Steiman
Associate Deans: G. William Knight, Pamela Zarkowski
Faculty: K. Shepherd, Director; M. Coleman; J. Kwapis-Jaeger, D. Mattana; K. Neveu; B. Purifoy-Seldon, C. Wyche



The Philosophy and Goals of the Dental Hygiene Department reflect those of the University and the School of Dentistry. The Philosophy encompasses the areas of teaching, service and scholarship.

The teaching philosophy of this Department is to prepare students who strive for excellence and ethical conduct in the provision of comprehensive dental hygiene care. A state of the science curriculum integrates the biophysical, clinical, and psychosocial sciences and facilitates the development of a knowledge-based practitioner. Patient care focuses on the individual needs of each patient and actively involves the patient in the treatment process to promote positive, long-term changes in health status. To prepare the dental hygienist for a dynamic interdisciplinary health care system, both didactic and clinical experiences explore practice in a variety of settings and with culturally diverse patients of all ages and health status. An atmosphere of mutual trust and respect increases the opportunity for instructor evaluation of student performance and improves the quality of feedback. Student self-evaluation is encouraged as a step toward becoming a practitioner who continually appraises the quality of his/her patient care. The student advising and remediation program allows for individualization of the curriculum and promotes intellectual growth. The challenging, collegiate atmosphere fosters the development of dental hygienists who are intellectually curious, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. The exposure to the humanities provides the student with the flexibility to adapt to societal change and to contribute to the community.

The Division of Dental Hygiene has a service philosophy to the University, the School of Dentistry, the students, the public and the profession of Dental Hygiene. The educational program graduates competent dental hygienists who are engaged in health care, education, research and professional leadership nationwide. The provision of quality patient care is of primary importance in the dental hygiene teaching clinics at the School of Dentistry and the various community sites. Continuing education in changing concepts of dental health care is offered to health care professionals. A commitment to the education of the public and the profession is demonstrated by student and faculty involvement in community and professional activities.

The scholarship philosophy is to conduct educational and clinical research to further develop the body of dental hygiene knowledge. This philosophy is facilitated by a commitment to the professional development of each faculty member. Faculty keep current and exchange instructional methodologies and research findings through oral presentations and written publications.


The School of Dentistry at University of Detroit Mercy offers: a Certificate Program, a Baccalaureate Program that can be either a 1 + 2 + 1 or a 2 + 2 and a Degree-Completion Program. Since the department is a unit of the School of Dentistry, students gain exposure to all aspects of dental hygiene and dentistry. Graduates of the programs are eligible to take dental hygiene licensing examinations in any of the 50 states, the Provinces of Canada and the Registered Dental Assistant Examination in Michigan.


The Dental Hygiene Program at the School of Dentistry is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Admission Criteria

Students may be admitted to any one of the three phases of dental hygiene education, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Clinical Dental Hygiene and Degree Completion.

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Above average high school students will be admitted into the School of Dentistry as pre-clinical dental hygiene students. This acceptance does not guarantee admission to the clinical phase of the Dental Hygiene Program, but it offers the benefit of placement tests and the expertise of a Dental Hygiene advisor to ensure selection of appropriate courses and presentation of your credentials for evaluation by the Dental Hygiene Admission Committee. In order to be admitted as a freshman, applicants must meet the general entrance requirements of the University.

Clinical Dental Hygiene Admission

Thirty-two students are admitted to the professional phase of the Dental Hygiene Program in June of each year. Students who are in the process of completing the freshman year requirements, either at University of Detroit Mercy or another university, college or community college, may compete for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholarship and standardized test scores where applicable. All courses are taken at the Dental School on a full time basis. In addition to the course requirements for admission, the Admissions Committee looks favorably upon the following achievements:

• College GPA of a 2.7 or better.
• Above average results on the ACT or SAT examination.

Degree Completion Program

Students who have previously received their Certificate in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy or another college or community college and would like to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree may apply for admission. They must meet the following requirements:

• Graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene Program
• An overall GPA of 2.5 or above in academic course work
• Completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
• A current license to practice.

Certificate Requirements

A candidate for the Certificate in Dental Hygiene must complete minimum quality point averages within the following areas:

• required pre-requisite courses
• required dental hygiene courses

Transfer Students

The dental hygiene program gives full consideration to students who wish to transfer from any accredited college or university. Students may transfer into the pre-dental hygiene, clinical hygiene, or degree completion portion of the program. Students who have already completed applicable courses will receive transfer credit. Normally a maximum of 96 credit hours may be transferred from a four-year college or university. A maximum of 63 credit hours may be transferred from a community college. However, some colleges and community colleges have articulation agreements with UDM. Since the academic standing of each transfer applicant is appraised on an individual basis, students are encouraged to consult with an advisor from the Dental Hygiene Department.

University Core Curriculum

For more information on the University Core Curriculum, please see page 91.

Objective I
Communication Skills: Fulfilled in Prerequisite Courses

Objective II
Mathematical and Computer Skills: MTH 101 Algebra; CIS 100 Intro to Computers

Objective III
Scientific Literacy: Fulfilled in Major

Objective IV
Meaning and Value: One Philosophy course; one Religious Studies course; and one additional course from either

Objective V
Diverse Human Experience: One History course; one study of other cultures, or a foreign language course; one Art, Music, or Drama course; (Literature course fulfilled by prerequisite course)

Objective VI
Social Responsibility: Fulfilled in Major


Program Requirements

A candidate for the Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours, minimum quality point averages and senior residency within the following areas:

• required pre-requisite courses
• required dental hygiene courses
• required core curriculum courses
• any elective courses necessary

Required Pre-Requisite Courses

The following must be completed before beginning clinical phase of program. Notice: Pre-requisite courses may be subject to change. Please consult the Division of Dental Hygiene for current requirements.

BCS 254
BCS 255
BIO 108
CHM 101
CHM 102
CST 101
ENL 131

Principles of Human Anatomy
Principles of Human Physiology
The Science of Life
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Fundamentals of Speech
Academic Writing

and a choice of 1:


ENL 235
ENL 245
ENL 265
PYC 100
SOC 100

Study of Fiction
Study of Poetry
Study of Drama
Introductory Psychology
Introduction to Sociology


Required Dental Hygiene Courses

Notice: The Dental Hygiene curriculum is subject to change. Please consult the Division of Dental Hygiene for the complete and current curriculum.

BS 808
BS 811
BS 812
BS 813
BS 814
BS 815
BS 818
BS 821
BS 823
BS 825
CL 814
CL 815
CL 826
CL 827
CD 821
CD 822
CD 823
DH 809
DH 810
DH 811
DH 813
DH 814
DH 815
DH 817
DH 818
DH 819
DH 820
DH 821
DH 822
DH 823
DH 824
DH 828
DH 829
DH 830
DH 831
DH 832
DH 833
DS 811
DS 820

Biomedical Basis to Patient Care
Anatomy I
Anatomy II
General Pathology
Oral Pathology
Clinical Dental Hygiene I
Clinical Dental Hygiene II
Clinical Dental Hygiene III
Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
Concepts in Community Health
Community Oral Health Education
Community Program Practicum
Biologic Basis to Soft Tissue Disease
Dental Hygiene Care I
Dental Hygiene Care II
Preventive and Cariology
Dental Materials
Dental Anatomy
The Child and Adolescent Patient
Orthodontic Assessment
Clinical Seminar
Special Patient Care
Board Review
Periodontal Therapy I
Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues
Scientific Literature
Scientific Presentations
Periodontal Therapy II
Temporomandibular Joint Pathology Facial Pain
Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues
Management of Dental Hygiene Care
Physical Assessment and Management of Medical Emergencies
Pain and Anxiety Control


Any course(s) necessary to bring total hours taken to 126 credit hours. This may include an independent study in the student’s particular area of interest.