Dental Hygiene Application Process
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.
Review the dental hygiene admission requirements to see if you qualify to be interviewed. For application information for future terms, call the dental hygiene program office at (913) 469-3808 or email Denise Wilkerson.
A completed application consists of:
- Completed JCCC application.
- Completed application form (PDF) for the dental hygiene program. The deadline for the Aug. 2015 application is past. Applications for the Aug. 2016 term will be available in mid-Sept., 2015.
- Completed academic criteria assessment sheet
- Completed transfer transcript evaluation request
- Official copies of all transcripts of high school and college work. (No high school transcript required with 15 hours of college credit.) See Transfer Information and Services.
- GED certificate (if applicable)
- ACT scores (Test must have been taken within three years of the application date.) All applicants must submit ACT test scores regardless of previous college experience. This requirement cannot be waived or substituted. For ACT testing dates, contact Testing Services , (913) 469-8500 ext. 3233.
- If you have an accredited college associate or bachelor's degree confirmed by December 1, ACT test scores taken after October 1989 may be used. Official scores must be sent to Selective Admissions at Johnson County Community College prior to the deadline. The ACT science score is used along with the GPA to rank applicants for the interview process.
- Proof of residency
After December 1, we 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 based on evaluation of the academic criteria which includes the cumulative GPA and the ACT science test results. The college reserves the right to limit the number of applicants interviewed if more than 52 are qualified.
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
- 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 will be based upon a competitive process which ranks the applicants interviewed. Final rankings will reflect the consensus of the interview committee.
One hundred and forty individuals applied to the program for Fall 2014 entry. About 77% were eligible to be interviewed. The average class scores for the thirty entering the program in 2014 were:
- 3.5 GPA
- ACT Science-Reasoning Score: 25