Dental Hygiene Point System

The Selection Committee is guided by a point system. The applicant is responsible for providing the documentation necessary to support the point system.  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 47 pts). 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

  • Points for Science Courses (Max 20 pts) The following courses will be awarded points, according to the grade earned: College Chemistry with Lab, Microbiology, Nutrition, and Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology. (Alternatively, applicants may take both Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND II, instead of Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology, to potentially earn more points. Both grades in A&P 1 and 2 will be awarded for points). 
    Points Awarded: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=1 point. (Courses must be within 10 years.) 
  • Points for TEAS version V (Max 15 pts). Applicants should earn a minimum of 58% on the overall score to be considered.  Points 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

                    *NOTE:  Beginning in September of 2016, TEAS V will no longer be given.  The new TEAS version will be called "ATI TEAS".  Point values for the new version will be posted soon.  Scores for TEAS V are valid for two years.

  • Points for graduation from a Healthcare program/work experience (Max 5 pts)
    Verification is required. The applicant must submit the Work Experience form in order to receive points. 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 (Max 5 pts)
    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 the full Dental Assisting National Board exam. (1 pt)
    This exam is only applicable to graduates of a Dental Assisting program.

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

  • Advisement Session (1 point)
    Applicants are strongly encouraged 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, will result in 1 point towards the Phase 1 process. 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 (Required, no points)
    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 the second week of 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 ("Why am I choosing to Become a Dental Hygienist"), 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.