Dental Hygiene Point System

Selection into the Dental Hygiene program is guided by a point system. The applicant is responsible for providing all the documentation necessary to support their application.  However, the final selection decisions will be made by the Selection Committee based on the criteria listed below.

Selection Criteria - A Two-Phase Selection Process

The Dental Hygiene program uses a two-phase selection process to choose their new students each year. Phase I is on a Points and Ranking System (Maximum 50 points). The top twenty applicants from Phase I will then be selected to participate in the Phase II Interview. 

PHASE  I - Points & Ranking:

  • Rank by Cumulative GPA (2.5 minimum, no points awarded)

  • Points for Science Courses (Max 20 pts) The following courses will be awarded points, according to the grade earned: Microbiology, Nutrition, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II. 
    Points Awarded: A=5 points, B=3 points, C=1 point. (Courses must be taken within 10 years of the application deadline to count for points.) 
  • Points for TEAS version VI (Max 15 pts). Applicants should earn a minimum of 58% on the overall score to be considered. The TEAS test can only be taken once per year, and the scores are good for two years.  Points towards admissions will be awarded as follows:  

   91-100%  = 15 pts
    86-90%   = 13 pts
    81-85%   = 11 pts
    76-80%   =  9 pts
    71-75%   =  7 pts
    66-70%   =  5 pts
    60-65%   =  3 pts

  • Points for graduation from a Healthcare program/work experience (Maximum 5 points)
    Verification is required. The applicant must submit the Work Experience form in order to receive points for work experience. The amount of points awarded will be determined by the committee's review of the type of program completed, and/or work experience documented.

  • Points for experience in a dental office (Maximum 5 points)
    Verification is required. The applicant must submit the designated form for Dental Experience. The amount of points awarded will be determined by the committee's review of the dental experience documented.

  • Points for successful completion of all parts of the Dental Assisting National Board exam. (2 points)
    This exam is only applicable to graduates of a Dental Assisting program.

  • Points for completion of Expanded Functions Certificate (1 point)

  • Points for taking Introduction to Health Care (HSCC 1000) with a C or higher (2 points).

  • Advisement Session (MANDATORY, no points awarded)
    Applicants are required to meet with a Health Science Advisor after general admission to the college, or early in the application process. Meeting with a Health Science Advisor, prior to the application deadline is mandatory; failure to meet with a Health Science Advisor could prevent a student from being accepted. Proper documentation is required – a signed advisement card. The card is valid for 1 year after the issue date and must be turned into Health Science Admissions with the rest of the application materials.  No copies will be accepted.

  • Observation of a Dental Hygenist (MANDATORY, no points awarded)
    Applicants must observe a Dental Hygenist for at least 25 hours prior to the application deadline.  Students should submit the observation form as proof of hours completed.

PHASE  II - Interview:

  • Selected finalists will be invited to a panel interview, which is normally held in late February or early March.
    Finalists will be contacted by phone, if selected, with the interview date & details.
  • Applicants are encouraged to bring along a portfolio to the interview, to include a resume, one page essay, awards, letters of recommendation and other appropriate items that highlight their skills and achievements. 
  • Twelve finalists and two alternates will be selected from the interviews for the program's start in May.