Program Entry Requirements

  • Complete an application.
  • Attend a Dental Hygiene program information session.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED completion.
  • Complete required ACCUPLACER testing obtaining satisfactory scores in reading (73 or above) and writing (82 or above) or ACT scores in Reading (19 or above) and English (19 or above). Complete the following courses with a grade of C (not C-) or better in each:
    • BIO 164 General Anatomy and Physiology OR both BIO 733 Health Science Anatomy AND BIO 734 Health Science Physiology.
    • CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry
    • BIO186 General Microbiology OR BIO 732 Health Science Microbiology
  • When transferring equivalent courses to DMACC, an official transcript must be sent to the Admissions Office as courses are completed.

After completing the Program Entry Requirements, your name will be added to a Wait List until a position in the program becomes available.

Other Requirements

  • Medical/Dental examinations and immunizations are required.
  • Take general education and basic science courses prior to program entry.
  • Students should not work more than 16 hours week as homework and required activities are demanding.
  • Current CPR certification is required prior to program entry and must be maintained for the remainder of the program. (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers program or Red Cross for Professional Rescuer).
  • Student Health and Immunization Record (PDF): Download, complete and submit.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Dental Hygiene AAS degree, a student must successfully complete all dental hygiene and liberal arts support courses required in the curriculum, achieving a grade of "C" (not C-) or better in each course. In order to progress to the next term of the Dental Hygiene program, all required courses in the current term must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Criminal background checks will be completed on each student. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may prevent students from participating in clinical experiences. Students who do not participate in clinical education will be unable to complete the program.

Recommended Skills and Abilities

  • Participate in continuing education activities to promote lifelong learning.
  • Use empathy and understanding when relating to people with varied socioeconomic backgrounds and health status.
  • Make decisions and work cooperatively with members of the dental team and allied health community.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through student organizations and professional association activities.
  • Communicate effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds in a variety of treatment settings.
  • Ability to be a self starter and initiate and complete tasks under general supervision.

Recommended High School Courses

Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Computer Skills