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Dental Hygiene Admissions

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

  1. Sign up to attend one of our information sessions.
  2. Submit an application for admission. Select Dental Hygiene as your learning program on the HCC application.
  3. Take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with appropriate overall GPA. 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, without notification, any requirement, fee or program, if it is deemed necessary.
  5. 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)]
  6. Finish 16 hours shadowing a dental hygienist and turn in a signed Clinical Observation Documentation Form by the application due date for each site used.​
  7. Complete the supplemental application for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242). 
  • Dental Hygiene AAS Degree Supplemental Application

​The application fee is $25. The application cycle for Dental Hygiene runs between September 15 and January 15 of each school year, with the January date as the final deadline.

Learn more about the Dental Hygiene Program

Clinical Requirement

If admitted, a drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and 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 are not able to progress in the clinical 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 background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.

Dental Hygiene Program Documents

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