Admission Requirements - Dental Hygiene Program

Admission requirements for the Dental Hygiene selection process.


Prerequisites

You must complete three (3) of the following six (6) prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester in which you apply to the program. All six of the prerequisite courses must be completed to begin the program.
Note: If you took chemistry or biology more than five years ago, you must take the courses again.

Prerequisites:

  • CHEM 122 - Principles of Chemistry
  • BIOL 140 - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 230/231 - Microbiology/Microbiology Lab
  • ENGL 121 - Composition I
  • PSYC 130 - Introduction to Psychology
  • BIOL 225 Human Physiology

Note: The following additional courses are required to graduate from the dental hygiene program. Because of the time commitment associated with the curriculum, we strongly recommend that you consider completing these courses prior to the first semester of the program:

  • BIOL 235 - Nutrition
  • Speech/Communications elective*

Note: CHEM 122, BIOL 140, BIOL 225, or BIOL 230/231 and one of the other prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall 2016 semester. Fall 2016 transcripts are due Jan. 15, 2017. All pre-requisites must be completed prior to starting clinical course work.

*Elective options are found in the course catalog.

Academic Criteria

Recent (within the last 5 years) High school students with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit must have ONE of the following:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • ACT composite standard score of 20 or higher
  • ACT science reasoning score of 23 or higher

College students with a minimum of 12 semester hours of college credit must have ONE of the following:

  • 2.8 cumulative G.P.A
  • ACT composite standard score of 20 or higher
  • ACT science reasoning score of 23 or higher

Recent (within the last five years) GED exam students with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit must have ONE of the following:

  • GED standard score of 660 or higher (165 or higher in each section)
  • ACT composite standard score of 20 or higher
  • ACT science reasoning score of 23 or higher

Health and Training Certification

If selected to the program you must obtain the following:

  • Background check through the designated company. Contact the dental hygiene office for details.
  • Annual CPR for Health Care Provider certification (available from JCCC's Continuing Education division).
  • Current physical examination and documentation of immunizations
  • Annual tuberculosis (TB) skin test and required vaccinations.