How to Apply - Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene Program is a selective admission program with specific application requirements.

New students entering the program will begin their studies during the fall semester only.

A maximum of 30 individuals are selected each year for the dental hygiene program. The college reserves the right to admit fewer than 30.

Application Deadline: Dec. 1

All applications and corresponding paperwork must be submitted by Dec. 1.

Before completing your application, review the dental hygiene admission requirements (download printable information packet - PDF). For questions regarding the selective admissions application process, please contact Teresa Leland, Admissions processing coordinator, at 913-469-3438.

Prospective dental hygiene students must:

  • Meet with a JCCC academic counselor/advisor to review their pre-requisite coursework prior to application for admission to the dental hygiene program. This is to ensure that your coursework will transfer correctly.
  • Apply for admission. In the JCCC online application, choose "Dental Hygiene" as your major. You will then able to fill out the selective admissions application for the dental hygiene program. 
  • Complete the academic criteria assessment sheet (PDF) (Also available in the application.)
  • Send official copies of all transcripts of high school and college work submitted to the admissions office (How to send transcripts). You do not have to send high school transcripts if you have completed 15 hours of college credit or if you do not plan to apply for financial aid. If you studied in another country, please see the foreign transcript requirements.
  • Submit a GED certificate (if applicable)
  • Submit ACT scores. All applicants, regardless of previous college experience, are required to submit ACT scores. We cannot waive this requirement. Send official ACT score reports to Selective Admissions at Johnson County Community College prior to the Dec. 1 deadline.
    • Applicants who have not earned a college degree from a regionally accredited college by the Dec. 1 application deadline must submit ACT scores earned after Dec. 1, 2013 (current within three years).
    • Applicants who have been awarded a college degree from a regionally accredited college by the Dec. 1 application deadline can use ACT scores earned after October 1989.
    • ACT test dates are offered through JCCC’s Testing Services.  National ACT test dates are listed on the ACT website:


After Dec. 1, the JCCC admissions office will review all applications and related materials.

If you meet the academic criteria, you may qualify for an interview based on the competition within the applicant pool.

Qualified applicants will be ranked using academic criteria which includes the cumulative GPA and the ACT science reasoning test score. The college reserves the right to limit the number of applicants interviewed if more than 60 are qualified.

If you rank high enough in the initial ranking process, you will be invited to interview and will be notified mid-February. At this time you must complete eight hours (minimum) of observation of a clinical dental hygienist and fill out the pre-admission observation form (PDF).  Bring this completed from to your interview.

The interview process will involve review of academic preparation (ACT scores, GPA, college course work completed toward the program curriculum), related work experience and personal characteristics relevant to student success in the program. Some of these may include:

  • manual dexterity
  • tactile sensitivity
  • ability to work in close proximity with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • ability to achieve in a science based curriculum and proficiency in oral and written communications
  • initiative
  • ability to handle the heavy time commitment of full-time coursework during the day and its associated homework in the evenings and weekends
  • time management skills
  • ability to recruit patients that satisfy clinical requirements

Final selections are based upon a competitive process which ranks the applicants interviewed. Final rankings reflect the consensus of the interview committee.


For fall 2015, 108 individuals were qualified to apply. About 64 applicants were were selected for interviews. The average class scores for the 30 entering the program in 2015 were:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT science reasoning Score: 25