Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Dental Hygiene

**Please note: You cannot graduate from the University of Mississippi Oxford Campus with a Dental Hygiene degree.

About Dental Hygiene
Registered dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals. Dental hygienists provide direct patient care services that limit the extent of cavities and periodontal disease as well as promote the overall health and well-being of the oral environment and head and neck region.

Dental hygienists assess general and oral health by using a variety of diagnostic aids. The hygienist then develops a care plan in conjunction with the patient’s goals and needs, provides oral health education and performs preventive (fluorides, sealants) and therapeutic services (non-surgical periodontal therapy) according to individual needs.

Baccalaureate graduates are employed as clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consultants and in public health agencies. Registered (licensed) dental hygienists practice according to the requirements of individual state dental practice acts.

Dental Hygiene Program at University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions

***Below is an overview of dental hygiene programs in Jackson, MS. Students who attend the University of Mississippi in Oxford for their pre-requisites are not automatically admitted to the dental hygiene program in Jackson. Admission is COMPETITIVE! Different dental hygiene schools have different requirements.***

The traditional program is an entry-level program for students who want to obtain a dental hygiene license (a 2+2 program). Upon completion of the two-year traditional program, students receive a bachelor’s of science degree and are prepared to apply for and obtain their initial dental hygiene licensure.

Students will complete two years of pre-requisite courses at the Oxford campus before finishing their degree (2 years) in Jackson, MS at UMMC. Some students may take three years to finish the pre-requisites. The program is competitive and students must apply for admission for the final two years in Jackson.

Here is the link to the program in Jackson, Mississippi.

Program Advising Sheet
Click here for the requirements for the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

* Different dental hygiene schools may have different requirements!*

Links for Dental Hygiene
Website for dental hygiene overview and career paths: