Pre-Dental Hygiene

Pre-Dental Hygiene
Through hands-on clinical learning, research, outreach and community service activities, our well-rounded four year educational program leads to a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. At Detroit Mercy Dental, we proudly graduate practice-ready Registered Dental Hygienists who provide patients with the best quality of care. Learn more about the practice of dental hygiene.

Program Overview

Freshman and Sophomore Years - Pre-Dental Hygiene Program:

Students enroll as a pre-dental hygiene major and take courses in Detroit Mercy’s General Education (GE) curriculum and natural sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus. Coursework will be used as a foundation for the Professional Program. Students will work closely with their advisor to satisfy all requirements throughout these two years.

Students are encouraged to apply to the Professional R.D.H. Program no later than February 1; all applicants are notified of their admission decision during the following spring semester. Successful applicants will begin the dental hygiene program in May of the junior year.

Junior and Senior Years - Professional R.D.H. Program:

The Professional R.D.H. Program requires two years of full-time study, including the summer term following the junior year. It includes dental and dental hygiene sciences, pre-clinic laboratory, clinical experiences and research methods.

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    To to be admitted as a freshman to the University of Detroit Mercy, applicants must meet the general entrance requirements of the University. Quality of high school academic performance and course difficulty is more essential than meeting minimum requirements; it is particularly important for the applicant to demonstrate strength in subjects directly related to the dental hygiene program.

    For highest consideration of acceptance into the Pre-Dental Hygiene program, the following well-balanced college preparatory prerequisites are recommended:

    Recommended prerequisites
    Subject Units
    English 4
    Mathematics 3
    History and/or Social Studies 2
    Natural Science including lab 2
    Speech, Foreign Language, Music, Art, etc.  1+

    *additional recommendations

    GPA of 2.7 or better is encouraged for acceptance

    Applicants with a high school GPA of 2.7 or better are directly admitted into Pre-Dental Hygiene and appointed an advisor from the School of Dentistry to help select appropriate courses.

    Those with a high School GPA below 2.7 will be admitted to the Academic Interest and Major Exploration (AIME) where an advisor will be assigned and will collaborate with the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program to keep students on track to compete for acceptance into the Professional R.D.H. Program.


    Transfer Students

    The dental hygiene program gives full consideration to students who wish to transfer from any accredited college or university.

    Students wishing to transfer from other schools after their freshman year must complete courses equivalent to those offered at the University of Detroit Mercy. See the Transfer Guide and/or Transfer Credit System for university and community college courses equivalent to those offered at the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Prospective transfer students should contact an advisor in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program prior to applying for admission:

    Co-Director, Dental Hygiene Admissions, Pre-Dental Hygiene
    Taylor McNeill, B.S.D.H.



    The following courses must be completed before official entrance into the Professional Program.  Coursework will take approximately two years to complete and are subject to change.

    Course descriptions are available via the Undergraduate Catalog.

    *Please Note: Completion of these courses does not guarantee admission into the Professional phase.

    Required coursework before consideration into the Professional Program

    Course Number

    Course Title


    BIO 2040

    Applied Nutrition


    BIO 2410

    General Microbiology


    BIO 2420

    General Microbiology Lab


    BIO 2300

    Human Anatomy & Physiology I


    BIO 2310

    Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I


    BIO 2320

    Human Anatomy & Physiology II


    BIO 2330

    Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II


    CHM 1040

    Chemistry Principles


    CHM 1050

    Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences


    CST 1010

    Fundamentals of Speech


    ENL 1310

    Academic Writing


    ENL 2350

    The Study of Fiction  *


    ENL 2450

    The Study of Poetry  *


    ENL 2650

    The Study of Drama  *


    * Choose one

    PYC 1000

    Introduction to Psychology


    SOC 1000

    Introduction to Sociology