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.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Division of Dental Hygiene at the UMKC School of Dentistry offers two routes to a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene: The B.S. Clinical Entry-Level program and the RDH to BSDH B.S. Degree Completion program.  The following Clinical Entry Level program competencies are deemed by the faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene as the skills, knowledge and values every entry level graduate must be able to consistently and independently demonstrate to qualify for graduation. The School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene assessment plan calls for theses competencies to be assessed throughout the classroom, laboratory and patient care experiences during the student's tenure in the program in the form of papers, case study presentations, student portfolios, clinical competency examinations, community assessment and other appropriate assessment measures.

The UMKC dental hygiene graduate will be competent in:

  • Core competence for ethical practice, adherence to regulations, evidence-based decision making, and self assessment.
  • Assessing persons of all ages and stages of life in a diverse society.
  • Treatment care planning and case presentation for persons of all ages/stages of life in a diverse society.
  • Health education strategies for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
  • Provision of preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  • Health and safety provisions
  • Management procedures (emergency management, communication, etc.)
  • Community oral health strategies in a culturally diverse society.
  • Utilization of information technology to assist in evidence-based decision making.

Program Requirements

The dental hygiene program begins in August of each year and continues for two academic years with a summer session between years. For more information, contact the program director.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III (Satisfied in requirements below as ANCH 314)
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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'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 Credits18

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
Constitutional History of the United States
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

A minimum grade of 'C' must be earned in all prerequisite science coursework.

Please choose one of the following (Focus B):3
Biology and Living
General Biology I
General Biology II
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Focus B) 14
CHEM 211LExperimental General Chemistry I1
COMM-ST 110Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening3
or COMM-ST 140 Principles Of Communication
or CPCE 230 Effective Interpersonal Communication
LS-ANATO 218Introductory Anatomy3
LS-MCRB 112Microbiology and Living (or upper division Microbiology course)3
LS-PHYS 217Human Physiology (Focus B) 13
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (Focus B; or any 200-level or above MATH/STAT course) 13
PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C) 13
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction (Focus C) 13
Total Credits29

 Professional Degree Requirements

ANCH 314Interdisciplinary Community Oral Health Field Experiences3
BMS 93065Anatomy of the Head & Neck2
DENT-HYG 3000Dental Morphology And Occlusion2
DENT-HYG 3020Dental Radiology2
DENT-HYG 3030Introduction to Histopathology of Oral Tissues2
DENT-HYG 3080Introduction to the Preventive Practice of Dental Hygiene4
DENT-HYG 3080LPreclinical Dental Hygiene2
DENT-HYG 3200General and Oral Pathology2
DENT-HYG 3210Applied Nutrition and Biochemistry2
DENT-HYG 3220Dental Biomaterials2
DENT-HYG 3260Principles Of Periodontics2
DENT-HYG 3280CDental Hygiene Clinic I3
DENT-HYG 3285Seminar In Dental Hygiene I2
DENT-HYG 3300Radiographic Interpretation0.5
DENT-HYG 3320Oral Health Behavior Change3
DENT-HYG 3340Principles Of Public Health2
DENT-HYG 4020Local Anesthesia And Pain Control3
DENT-HYG 4050Periodontics II1
DENT-HYG 4060CDental Hygiene Clinic II2
DENT-HYG 4065Seminar in Dental Hygiene II1
DENT-HYG 4080Introduction to Research and Evidence Based Descision Making2
DENT-HYG 4100Pharmacology3
DENT-HYG 4120CDental Hygiene Clinic III4
DENT-HYG 4210Practice Management3
DENT-HYG 4240Ethics In Professional Practice1
DENT-HYG 4260Senior Seminar2
DENT-HYG 4260CDental Hygiene Clinic IV4
LS-PHYS 3070Oral Physiology3
Dental Hygiene Elective (choose one of the following)2
Special Patient Care Practicum
Community Dentistry Practicum
Periodontal Therapy Practicum
Research Practicum
Practicum in Dental Hygiene Administration
Independent Study in Dental Hygiene
Total Credits66.5
General Electives8

GPA Minimum: 2.5

Total credit hours: 124.5

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.