Dental Hygiene Requirements

Dental hygienists are licensed dental professionals who clean teeth and educate patients on oral hygiene and preventative care. The University of Memphis does not offer a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. We partner with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to help University of Memphis students pursue a career in Dental Hygiene. Pre-Dental Hygiene students have the option of completing 2 years of prerequisite classes at the University of Memphis or a full baccalaureate (in any program) before applying to UTHSC’s program. Please email mcullen@memphis.edu for more information.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • The Dental Hygiene program offered by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is a baccalaureate program. Students at The University of Memphis may enter the U of M as undecided or select one of our undergraduate majors.

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to research each school and review recommended coursework in addition to verifying the prerequisites listed below. Application dates and deadlines may vary.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the pre-professional advisor early in their academic career to discuss plans of study, student involvement, the application process to professional school, etc.

  • Helpful Resources can be found at the American Dental Education Association

Courses  U of M Course  # of hours required by UTHSC
Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 2010/2011
BIOL 2020/2021
General Biology BIOL 1110/1111 4
Microbiology BIOL 1230/1231 4
General Chemistry CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121
English Composition ENGL 1010
ENGL 1020
English Literature ENGL 2201 or ENGL 2202 3
Communication COMM 2381 3
Nutrition NUTR 2202 3
College Algebra Math 1710 or higher 3
Medical Terminology CLAS 3021 or HMSE 2000 2 - 3
Sociology Any course 3
Psychology Any course 3
Electives See Advisor for options 9 -10 hours needed to reach 60 total
semester hours