Pre-Dental Hygiene

Pre-Dental Hygiene

You want to clean and examine patients’ teeth and advise them on proper oral hygiene.

Pathway to Dental Hygiene School

  1. Designate your "major" as Pre-Dental Hygiene, which is a pre-professional/non-degree program at LSU
  2. Take the necessary pre-requisite courses for your desired dental hygiene program (ex: LSU Health New Orleans)
  3. Maintain a high GPA, especially in science-related coursework (2.5 minimum, 3.4+ recommended)
  4. Seek out dental experience (not required, but recommended)
  5. Prep for and take the ACT, if you haven't already (22+ score recommended)

Estimated Time to Completion

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.S.)

  • 2 years of undergraduate coursework at LSU
  • 2 years of undergraduate coursework at LSU Health Sciences Center
  • 4 estimated total years of school after high school