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Dr. Lorie Holt
Interim Director Graduate Studies
Graduate Dental Hygiene Education
Division of Dental Hygiene
University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 235-2057

Dental Hygiene Education MS Admissions Process

This program is no longer accepting students.

Program Requirements

Core curriculum courses are taken in conjunction with students enrolled in the UMKC degree-completion program. No campus visits are required.

Core Curriculum
Required Courses Credit Hours
DENT-HYG 4130 Introduction to Instructional Technologies and Online Learning 1
DENT-HYG 5502 Foundations of Teaching 2
DENT-HYG 5500 Introduction to Educational Methodology 3
DENT-HYG 5510 Student Teaching and Conference I 2-4
DENT-HYG 5516 Special Issues in Higher Education 3
DENT-HYG 5530 Clinical Instruction and Conference I 2-4
DENT-HYG 5553 Evidenced Based Decision Making in the Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene 2
DENT-HGY 5595 Writing in Science 2
DENT-HYG 5599 Research and Thesis 1-6
RES-ME 5700 Introduction to Research Methodology 3
RES-ME 5703 Thesis Writing (thesis option only) 1
RES-ME 5704 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
DENT-HYG 5585 Portfolio Capstone Course 1
Total Credit Hours 27-36

It is highly recommended that the student take the following:

DENT-HYG 5512 Student Teaching and Conference II 2-4
DENT-HYG 5532 Clinical Instruction and Conference II 2-4

Some courses (DENT-HYG 5510 Student Teaching and Conference I and DENT-HYG 5530 Clinical Instruction and Conference I) require teaching (didactic or clinically) at a college/university setting. For students who do not reside in the Kansas City area and cannot utilize the UMKC /SOD an affiliation agreement is required. It is the student’s responsibility to get permission from the sponsoring institution to teach in their facility. Once the student has initiated contact, the UMKC program director will contact the program director of the sponsoring institution.

The total number of credit hours required for completion of the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education is 36 credit hours. The 36 hours include the UMKC Division of Dental Hygiene Core Curriculum (required courses).

Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Successful completion of 36 credit hours and the completion of an original research project, manuscript ready for publication.
  3. All other requirements for graduation as stated in the General Graduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the UMKC General Catalog. For more information – please visit
  4. Design and disseminate to other professionals appropriate to your area of research a scholarly presentation at a regional, state, or national conference with other health professionals.
    5. Successful completion of a portfolio as presented in DENT-HYG 5585. The final portfolio must be turned into the program director 6 weeks prior to the student’s anticipated graduation date.