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What is the process for being selected for admission to the program?

The DH program uses a point system to rank applicants. Applicants receive points based on the number of completed pre-requisite courses, the pre-requisite GPA, science GPA and interview score. Students who complete pre-requisite courses at TWU will be awarded additional points. The program admits in the fall semester only; applications are due before March 15. Applications can be accessed through http://adea.org/dhcas beginning November 1 each year. Applicants must apply and be accepted to TWU before being considered for acceptance into the dental hygiene program.

Do I have to complete all general required courses before applying?

All general required courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester in the year for which you are applying. Admission to the dental hygiene program is competitive. Up to 20 students are admitted each fall.

Can I work while in the program?

No. Online lab science courses will not be accepted. Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Nutrition and Microbiology must be completed in a live classroom setting to fulfill the requirement.

Is it necessary to get letters of recommendation or observation hours?

Yes, two letters of recommendation (one personal and one academic reference) and 16 hours of observation are required for the application.

Can the general required courses be taken at other colleges?

Yes. However, students who complete the general education requirements at TWU will be awarded additional points in the selection process.

Do I have to have CPR certification before being accepted?

No, each entering cohort takes CPR together during orientation week.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Interviews are scheduled in April and successful candidates will be informed of acceptance before June 1.

What costs can I expect?

The costs are detailed on the website. Upon acceptance, students will receive information about uniforms, supplies, books and instruments to be purchased in the first semester.

When do clinical rotations begin and where do they take place?

Most of the clinical practice is done in our clinic.  Students begin going to off campus clinical rotation sites in the fall semester of the senior year.   The exact dates and locations will be provided on the first day of the fall semester, senior year.

Can I take any dental hygiene classes online?

No. The dental hygiene curriculum is not offered in an online format.

What type of class schedule can I expect?

The schedule varies each semester but DH students should plan to be on campus from 8:00AM until 5:00PM 4 to 5 days per week.

How long is the program?

Yes.  Contact TWU’s financial aid department for information about loans, grants and scholarships.

What type of certification will I receive?

Our students are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam which is administered at attesting site during the final semester of the program.  Successful completion of both the National Board and a state or regional clinical board is required for licensure.  Dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in order to practice and will have the Registered Dental Hygienist credential (RDH). TWU graduates will also be eligible to apply for Local Anesthesia Administration and Nitrous Oxide Administration certifications on the state license.

Do the dental hygiene courses have to be taken in a particular order?

Yes, please review the DH curriculum found on the website.

Can prerequisite and core courses be taken as a pass/fail option?

No, all course work must be completed with a C or better to be considered for meeting requirements for graduation.

Can I repeat core courses to improve my GPA?

Yes, however all core courses can only be repeated one time with only the most recent grade being used in calculating the GPA.  This applies to all prerequisite and core courses taken at all colleges and universities.

Will my developmental course grades be used in calculating my GPA?

No, only the required dental hygiene general education courses will be used to calculate your GPA for selection purposes.

I have not been in school for many years, will my classes transfer?

Only credits for courses taken in the past ten years will be accepted, with the exception of Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Nutrition.  These courses must have been completed within the past five years to be considered for admission into the Dental Hygiene program.

Is dental assisting experience required?

No. While it may be helpful, it is not required.

Will any of my dental assisting classes fulfill DH coursework?

No. The program does not accept any transfer classes as substitution for DH coursework. All students will complete all DH program in sequence as a cohort.