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Dental Education Advising

Prospective Students

If you are interested in a career in dental assisting or dental hygiene the first step is getting acquainted with your advisor in Dental Education. Professor Dawn Marciniak is the advisor for the dental assisting and pre-dental hygiene program. Please contact her at (219) 980-6770 or email at [[dmarcini]] for an appointment.

Pre-Dental Hygiene Students

All Pre-Dental Hygiene students will complete a minimum of two years of prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the two year professional program.  The knowledge within the dental hygiene program builds on the prerequisite coursework. All students will take courses in the following areas:

General Education

  • Reading and Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Learning Technologies Literacy
  • Art and Humanities
  • Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences
  • Critical Thinking, Integration, and Application of Knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Ethics and Citizenship


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