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Catalog/Bulletin 2012-2013 
Catalog/Bulletin 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, BS

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The following information on the LSUSD programs in dental hygiene pertains to those programs only. Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program are bound by the same rules and regulations that apply to other students of the LSUSD and that are in this catalog/bulletin.

The LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry at New Orleans offers a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, a distance education site leading to a degree is also offered in Lafayette at the Lafayette Community Health Care Center.

Admissions and Regulations

Admission to the program is competitive and satisfaction of basic requirements does not guarantee admission. The admissions committee considers cumulative grade-point average, science grade-point average, quality of courses taken, ACT scores, and experience in the dental/dental hygiene field. The Program selects applicants it considers most qualified for the study and practice of dental hygiene.

  1. Admission to the program is by competitive application.
  2. Admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program will be limited to Louisiana residents.
  3. Attainment of an acceptable quality point average will be stressed.
  4. Attainment of a composite score of 20 on the American College Test (ACT) is required. School code is 1601.
  5. Experience in a dental setting is strongly encouraged.
  6. If a student is not accepted for a program, a new application and related material must be submitted each year in which consideration for admission is desired.

Admissions Regulations for the LSUHSC-NO School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene

Programs in New Orleans and Lafayette

Students are enrolled once a year for the fall semester. The following are the admission requirements.

  1. After October 1 of the year prior to anticipated admission, an application will be available at the LSUSD website
  2. An official transcript from each college or university attended must be sent by the registrar of each institution directly to the Office of Admissions, LSU School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue, Box, 228, New Orleans, LA 70119-2799.
  3. A recent passport-type photograph, full-face view, must accompany the admission form.
  4. A personal interview with the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee is required.
  5. A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license.
  6. A residency verification form.
  7. One confidential recommendation on the form provided is submitted directly to the Office of Admissions by one of the applicant’s instructors.
  8. An official copy of the candidate’s American College Testing (ACT) scores is required.

Bachelor of Science Degree

In order to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, 60 credit hours, which includes 39 hours of General Education courses and 21 hours of additional courses, are required. These courses meet the requirements of the Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer degree (Biological Sciences concentration).

General Education Courses

( list of possible courses)

English Composition

Requirement: 6 hours
English Comp I
English Comp II/ Adv Engl Comp

Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning

Requirement: 6 hours
College Algebra /Trigonometry 0-3 hours
Trigonometry/Statistics 3-4 hours
Calculus 4-5 hours

Natural Sciences

Choose Science Major Courses
Requirement: 18 lecture hours and 3 labs
Biology I
Biology II
Anatomy & Physiology I (required)
Anatomy & Physiology II
Microbiology (required)
Chemistry I (required)
Chemistry II (required)
Organic Chemistry


Requirement: 18 hours
General Education Literature course 3 hours (required)
General Education Public Speaking course
3 hours (required)
Foreign Lang Sequence or Humanities Electives 12 hours

Social/Behavioral Science

Requirement: 6 Hours, include 1 course at Sophomore Level
General Education Sociology course 3 hours (required)
General Education Psychology course 3 hours (required)

Fine Arts

Requirement: 3 hours
General Education Fine Arts course 3 hours (required)


The Bachelor of Science Degree will be awarded upon completion of the above 60 required credit hours and the additional 64 dental hygiene credit hours for a total of 124 semester hours.

For enrollment in the program at LSUSD, the applicant may take the 60 general studies credit hours at any accredited institution prior to enrollment. Contact the LSUSD Dental Hygiene Program at 504-941-8153 for information on prerequisites.

All dental hygiene students are required to maintain a current healthcare provider certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association.

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