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Catalog/Bulletin 2014-2015 
Catalog/Bulletin 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, BS

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 Clinic.

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.
  7. Students are enrolled once a year for the fall semester.

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

Programs in New Orleans and Lafayette

Application to the School of Dentistry
The LSUHSC School of Dentistry participates in the ADEA administered Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS). All applications for admission to the first year class for LSUHSC School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program must be submitted through this service. The application is in two sections. Section I is the DHCAS application process. Section II is supporting documents mailed directly to LSUHSC School of Dentistry. After November 1 of the year prior to anticipated admission, an application will be available at the LSUSD website  

Section I

1. DHCAS (

2. Transcripts mailed to ADEA DHCAS Transcript Processing Center, P.O. Box 9129
Watertown, MA 02471. (Submit after fall semester completed.)

3. Two letters of reference, one from a college professor and the other from an additional professor, dentist, co-worker or employer. These letters should be submitted through DHCAS, a maximum of three are accepted. 

Section II

Arrange to have the following information sent directly to LSU School of Dentistry, Office of Student Admissions
1100 Florida Ave., Box 228
New Orleans, LA 70119.

1. $50.00 Check or money-order. Payable to: LSUHSC (Non-refundable application fee)

2. Passport sized photo (2 ½ x 2 ½) attached to Resident Verification form

3. Copy of Driver’s License

4. Resident Verification this form requires PDF reader software to view it. You can download a free PDF Reader here.

5. Copy of your current Draft Card status (males only) you can print a copy off the internet at

6. Official ACT scores must be submitted to our office from ACT. It is your responsibility to contact the ACT Office at 319-337-1313 for permission to release scores to LSUHSC. The ACT School code is 1601. No photocopies accepted.

Dental Hygiene applicants must be residents of Louisiana.

Your application will not be processed until all of the information/documentation is received by the LSUSD Office of Student Admissions.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all items are received by the deadline, February 15th.

Bachelor of Science Degree

In order to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, 61 credit hours of general education courses are required in addition to 64 dental hygiene credit hours for a total of 125 semester hours.

For enrollment in the program at LSUSD, the applicant may take the 61 general education credit hours at any accredited institution prior to enrollment. Prerequisite information is available at the LSUSD website 

The courses for the Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer degree (Biological Sciences concentration) meet the

prerequisite requirements for the dental hygiene program.

NOTE: Beginning with the class applying for the 2016-2017 class, the following changes have been made to the prerequisite requirements:

o         Computer Literacy will not be required

o         Academic Electives will increase from 3 to 5 credits. 

                       The general education requirements will be reduced to 60 credits.

o         Total credits for the Bachelor of Science degree will be reduced from 125 credits to 124 credits


General Education Courses

English Composition

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

Requirement: 3 hours
English Literature (200 level or higher)

Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning

Requirement: 6 hours
College Algebra, Trigonometry or Statistics

Natural Sciences

Requirement: 18 lecture hours and 1 lab
Biology I
Biology II
Anatomy & Physiology I  
Chemistry I 
Chemistry II  


Requirement: 9 hours 
Humanities courses must be chosen from the following: history, speech/communication, literature, philosophy, religion or foreign language.   

Requirement: 3 hours 
Public Speaking

Social/Behavioral Science

Requirement: 6 Hours
General Education Sociology course 3 hours 
General Education Psychology course 3 hours 

Fine Arts

Requirement: 3 hours 
Choose from music, dance, art or theater 

Additional Requirements:

Computer Literacy 3 hours

Academic Electives 3 hours: Recommendations - Biology/chemistry labs, A&P II, nutrition, interpersonal communications, psychology, medical terminology.

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