Pathway to Dental Hygiene
Students interested in pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene begin their studies at UMBC by following our Pre-Dental Hygiene curriculum, which is approximately 70 credits, depending on the professional school to which they plan to apply. Students may choose to complete their pre-requisites at UMBC and then apply directly to a Dental Hygiene program. Most Dental Hygiene programs at the baccalaureate level are two years, leading to a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree. The majority of UMBC’s Pre-Dental Hygiene students enter the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s Program in Dental Hygiene.
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Pathway
- Complete pre-requisites for Dental Hygiene school at UMBC (˜2 years)
- Complete Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s program (˜2 years)
- Pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE®) as well as any state exams required
- Begin practicing as a licensed Dental Hygienist
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Dental Hygienists is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages of Pharmacists were $66,570 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $55,220 and $78,990.
(Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dental Hygienists, on the Internet here (visited May 23, 2013).