University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills allowing them to communicate with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrate effective management of information technology.
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to facilitate decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate, organize and use research materials from a broad range of sources to support the use of scholarly inquiry in the dental hygiene process of care.
  • Assume responsibility for professional actions and care based on ethical and professional behavior, accepted scientific theories and accepted standards of care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage themselves and others and work as a team member.

The competencies above have been adopted by the faculty to assure our RDH to BSDH graduates are adequately prepared to succeed in the dynamic job market of their chosen area of expertise. The assessment plan provides direct and indirect measures of these competencies through multiple measures.

Students must complete 30 credit hours in residence and have a minimum of 120 semester credit hours to earn a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Students must also complete 36 credit hours of 300/400 level coursework to earn a bachelors degree. Electives may be taken in the School of Dentistry, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education or Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. The particular choice of study will be determined by each student in consultation with the director of the degree completion program.

All students enrolled in the degree completion program must complete the general education requirements of the University prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree. Courses that the student has not completed will be included in the individual program of study for that student.

An individual program of study will may be developed for each student depending on the number of college hours completed previously.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 1,23
Anchor II 1,23
Anchor III 1,23
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B 13
Focus C 13
Focus Elective 13
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits30

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Program Prerequisites

MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above MATH/STAT course; Focus B) 13
Public Speaking:
COMM-ST 110Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening3
or COMM-ST 140 Principles Of Communication
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction (Focus C) 13
PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C) 13
Biological and Physical Sciences:
Please select one of the following:3
Biology and Living
General Biology I
General Biology II
BIOLOGY 218Introductory Anatomy3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Focus B) 14
CHEM 211LExperimental General Chemistry I1
LS-PHYS 217Human Physiology (Focus B) 13
Upper Level Microbiology Course3
Total Credits29

Professional Degree Requirements

DENT-HYG 4040Foundations of Teaching2
DENT-HYG 4110Introduction to Research Methodologies2
DENT-HYG 4130Introduction to Instructional Technologies and Online Learning1
DENT-HYG 4150Portfolio Capstone1
DENT-HYG 4500Seminar on Issues in Higher Education for Health Professionals3
DENT-HYG 4600Evidence Based Decision Making in the Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene2
DENT-HYG 4620Introduction to Educational Methodology3
Total Credits14
General Electives44

GPA Minimum: 2.5
Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.