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.
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.
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.
Yes, two letters of recommendation (one personal and one academic reference) and 16 hours of observation are required for the application.
Yes. However, students who complete the general education requirements at TWU will be awarded additional points in the selection process.
No, each entering cohort takes CPR together during orientation week.
Interviews are scheduled in April and successful candidates will be informed of acceptance before June 1.
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.
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.
No. The dental hygiene curriculum is not offered in an online format.
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.
Yes. Contact TWU’s financial aid department for information about loans, grants and scholarships.
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.
Yes, please review the DH curriculum found on the website.
No, all course work must be completed with a C or better to be considered for meeting requirements for graduation.
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.
No, only the required dental hygiene general education courses will be used to calculate your GPA for selection purposes.
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.
No. While it may be helpful, it is not required.
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.