Admission Requirements - Dental Hygiene Program

Admission requirements for the Dental Hygiene selection process.

Prerequisite Courses

You must complete a minimum of two (2) of the following science prerequisites (CHEM or BIOL prefix) and one (1) other of the 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 (Fall 2012), you must take the courses again.


CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry 5
BIOL 140 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 230/231 Microbiology/Microbiology Lab 5
ENGL 121 Composition I 3
PSYC 130 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 225 Human Physiology 4

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 - General 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 2017 semester. Fall 2017 transcripts are due Jan. 15, 2018. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting clinical coursework.

*Elective options are found in the course catalog.


In order to be guaranteed consideration for admission to the fall 2018 JCCC Dental Hygiene program, all application materials must be received in the Admissions office on or before Dec. 1, 2017. 

To make sure that your application is processed in time for admission to the program in the next semester, you should submit your application and complete the prerequisites as soon as possible. If you applied previously to the program and were not accepted, you must complete the current program application.

Verification of Receipt

You will receive a personal admission plan on your MyJCCC account to verify receipt of materials in the Admissions office. In order to notify you of your file status, we strongly recommend that all materials be submitted well in advance of the deadline date. Please email the Admissions office if you have questions.

Things You Need to Know

  • There are a maximum of 30 positions available for the program. The interview committee (2-3 people) will interview up to 75 students for the program. Interviews will be scheduled after the middle of February for the top 75 ranked and eligible students. 
  • The interview will focus on why the candidate is interested in the profession, basic understanding of the profession (through research and shadowing), and comprehension of program and professional requirements. Interviews are done in person on the JCCC campus, no exceptions.
  • The following criteria will be used to determine selection for an interview: 
    • Receipt of transcripts from other colleges and universities, if applicable. 
    • Completed and received Disclosure and Consent for Background Check. Note: When a candidate has been offered a position in the program, the program office will follow up with instructions on how to initiate the background check and make the required payment.
    • Overall college GPA of 2.8 or higher.
    • Pre-admission observation form must be completed.
    • Annual CPR for Health Care Provider certification must be obtained.
    • Prerequisite course work does not need to be completed at the time of application. However, a course plan that reasonably allows for all prerequisite coursework to be completed within the Dental Hygiene program plan is required.
    • ACT Science reasoning score of 23 or higher.
    • ACT Composite standard score of 20 or higher.
    • All applicants, regardless of previous college experience, are required to submit ACT scores. We cannot waive this requirement. Send official ACT score reports to Testing Services 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, 2014 (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.
  • Additional consideration is given for the following: 
    • 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

Review of application

Your application for admission will be reviewed after Dec. 1 for the Fall 2018 program. You will be notified by email if you have not successfully met the academic criteria. Applications will be reviewed again after Jan. 15 for fall grades. All fall transcripts are due by Jan. 15, 2017. It is not necessary to submit JCCC transcripts.


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 selected for interviews. The average class scores for the 30 entering the program in 2015 were:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT Science reasoning score: 25

Applicant Acceptance

Interviewed applicants will be offered positions based on interview panel consensus by postal mail. The remaining interview candidates will either be placed on a waiting list or identified as candidates who will no longer be considered for program entrance based on criteria.

  • Applicants offered acceptance will need to confirm their intent to accept by the established deadline. 
  • Applicant acceptance is based on the following contingencies: 
    • Satisfactory completion of any remaining prerequisite coursework prior to the beginning of the program.
    • Completion of the required background check and drug screening. Instructions will be provided to accepted candidates regarding requirements. Any noncompliance with these mandates may result in retraction of the applicant’s acceptance or termination from the program. 
    • Any fees associated with the background check, the health record and physical examination, or other agency or state requirements are the responsibility of the student. 
    • Submission and review of the Health Record and Physical Examination form. This form will be an attachment to the acceptance offer email and is to be completed and returned by the designated date to the program director. Health restrictions which prohibit student performance of total patient care may prevent admission to or completion of the program.

Applicants will be notified by postal mail regarding their initial acceptance status by the end of March. 

Additional requirements and/or disclosures may become necessary throughout the course of the program. Any noncompliance with these mandates may result in termination from the program. Any fees associated with these mandates will be the responsibility of the student. 

All questions concerning the admission process and application should be directed to Admissions.

All questions concerning the JCCC Dental Hygiene program should be directed to 913-469-8500, ext. 4560, or