Program Information

  • Applications to the Clinical Dental Hygiene program are available each year in January.
  • Obtain application form for the dental hygiene program and complete by March 31st of the year admission is sought.
  • Arrangements must be made to have official transcripts sent by each college attended. These should be sent directly to the dental hygiene program by March 31st of the year in which admission to the program is sought.
  • A personal interview with the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee is required.
  • Two confidential recommendations must be submitted directly to the Dental Hygiene program. At least one recommendation by one of applicants’ instructors.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours at Southern University at Shreveport. No exceptions will be made to this regulation.
  • Students must have earned a minimum of a 2.8 uncorrected cumulative grade point average on a (4.0 scale) in all previous college course work.
  • Students must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a (4.0 scale) in the required science courses for the program.
  • All selections will be made after the end of the Spring semester, once a year.
  • An official copy of the candidate’s scores on the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS TEST). Score of 70% or better is required.
  • All Science courses must be completed within 5 years prior to the semester of application to the dental hygiene program.
  • Student must complete the following prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring semester at the time the application is submitted to the dental hygiene program. A grade of “C” or better is required in these courses:


DHYG 101S Introduction to Dental Hygiene 
SBIO 221S Anatomy and Physiology Lecture I
SBIO 221LS Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 
SBIO 212S Microbiology Lecture
SBIO 212LS Microbiology Lab
SSOC 201S Introduction to Sociology
SENL 101S    Freshman English I
BIOL 222S Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
BIOL 222LS Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 
SCHE 110S General Chemistry Lecture
SMAT 121S + 121LS Precal Algebra
SPSY 201S General Psychology
SCOM 101S Fundamentals of Speech


Transfer students must contact a SUSLA advisor prior to registering for classes to be taken at SUSLA or any other institution. Courses taken at other institutions prior to attending SUSLA will be articulated. If courses taken at another institution do not transfer, the course on the dental hygiene degree plan must be taken. Transfer students must complete 12 hours at SUSLA prior to applying to the dental hygiene program.

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