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The Pre-Dental Hygiene track prepares students for entrance into a professional curriculum for Dental Hygiene at institutions that offer a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Pre-Dental Hygiene is not a Pre-Dental major and is not a degree-granting program at the University of Maryland, College Park. A Baccalaureate degree program for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.S.-D.H.) follows a 2+2 model. Students may complete two years of prerequisite courses at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then apply for admission into a professional school program which they will complete after an additional two years.
University of Maryland students also have the option of completing a four-year degree at College Park in a selected major, in addition to completing dental hygiene prerequisites, the 4+2 model. In this case, students will complete degree requirements in their chosen major, as well as the pre-dental hygiene prerequisites for entrance into a professional dental hygiene program. They will then apply for admission into a professional school where they will earn a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene upon successful completion of the program.
Prerequisites may change; students are strongly encouraged to contact professional programs for the most current requirements. The American Dental Hygienists Association and the American Dental Association maintain information about individual B.S.-D.H. program prerequisites. See www.adea.org .
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