Wayne State College
Pre-Dental Hygiene Program

Pre-Dental Hygiene Program

About the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program

Dental hygienists work in a dentist office to assist in patient dental care. Their job is focused on preventative care and overall dental health, cleaning teeth, evaluating gums, and providing fluoride. They don’t need quite as much training as a dentist does, since a dentist performs more intricate dental work. The Pre-Dental Hygiene program at WSC is not an academic major, but instead a pathway to help you get into dental school. You'll complete two years here, and then transfer into the four-year bachelor's degree program in Dental Hygiene at the UNMC College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Neb., or other four-year dental hygiene program of your choice. In the Pre-Dental Hygiene track, we typically recommend students take biology or health sciences coursework to meet the prerequisites for dental school.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: This program is set up so you will spend two years at WSC and two years at a professional school in order to obtain your bachelor’s degree.

Hours required:
Pre-transfer requirements (to be completed at WSC): 63

Popular minors: Chemistry, Biology

School: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice

Department: Life Sciences

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on the path to Dental Hygiene degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the Pre-Dental Hygiene program.

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Skills Learned

  • Human anatomy
  • Biological systems and structures
  • Chemical processes and materials
  • Chemical experiment and design
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Observation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication 

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Possible Careers

  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental supply sales rep
  • Health educator
  • Dental hygiene instructor

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  • Private dental practices
  • Orthodontic clinics
  • Community clinics
  • University clinics
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Dental supply companies

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)

The Pre-Dental Hygiene program is eligible for RHOP. The only program of its kind in the state of Nebraska, RHOP educates students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state. If selected for RHOP, you’ll receive free tuition at Wayne State College and guaranteed admission into the relevant UNMC Dental Hygiene program.

Pre-Dental Hygiene and Life Sciences Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Pre-Dental Hygiene program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the Pre-Dental Hygiene program by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

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  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Junior Academy of Science Fair, and visit area science labs.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Dental Hygiene internships in Nebraska


Internships are not required for the Pre-Dental Hygiene program at Wayne State College, as these are typically completed in professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

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