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The Dental Hygiene program of study prepares the student to become a licensed primary health provider and a member of the dental team responsible for the preventative aspects of oral health. Emphasis in this area of study will prepare students to participate in roles that include clinician, educator, researcher, administrator and public health advocate.

The Dental Hygiene program is a Full-Time, Fall entry Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Steps to Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

  • Sign up for the Dental Hygiene information session, if available
  • Submit an HCC application for admission
  • Take placement test, if applicable
  • Complete the required pre-requisite coursework with appropriate overall GPA
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended: Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Form and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)
  • Complete a supplemental application for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. The application fee is $25. Applications for Fall 2014 will no longer be accepted. Fall 2015 applications will be available February 15, 2015 - April 15, 2014.
  • Complete 16 hours shadowing a dental hygienist and turn in a signed Clinical Observation Documentation Form by the application due date for each site used.
  • Submit all documents to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)

Students interested in the Dental Hygiene program should work closely with the Office of Admissions and Advising and select Dental Hygiene as their learning program on the HCC application. Further information is available by visiting RCF-242 or contacting the Allied Health team at 443-518-4230; alliedhealth@howardcc.edu.

A Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing/allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting.  Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and therefore are not able to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program.  Students with a criminal background may be unable to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are NOT able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your existing criminal background, you may wish to discuss this with legal counsel.  

Students who are admitted to the clinical portion of the program may visit the Allied Health Clinical Student Information page for more information about orientation and health requirements. Students who are unsuccessful in the clinical portion of the program should refer to the Program Director and Dental Hygiene Student Handbook.

Please consult with a Nursing/Allied Health Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) to get the most current information on prerequisites and requirements. The College reserves the right to change unilaterally, without notification, any requirement, fee or program if it is deemed necessary.

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