Admissions

Applications for admission to the Dental Hygiene program are only accepted during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences Application Submission Dates for current submission dates.

The Dental Hygiene program uses a merit-based, competitive admission process.
We accept one cohort of up to 24 students every Fall semester.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

All communication will be through your Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

You assume the risk if your criminal background check is not clear. If you do not pass the background check, you may not be accepted into the program or you may have to withdraw from the program after the tuition refund deadline has passed.

It is strongly recommended that future dental hygiene students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged or sealed from your record if possible.

Dental Hygiene Admissions Checklist

Apply for admission at SLCC (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare your major as Pre-Health Science. Meet early with an academic advisor to ensure that all prerequisites and submission requirements are completed before applying to the Dental Hygiene program.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses may still be in progress when you submit your application. Your application will not be considered complete and therefore no acceptance/denial will be determined until after the grades for the prerequisite courses have been posted. Your final grades will be assessed at the end of the semester and your acceptance into the program will be based on your grades being high enough to meet the program’s selection requirements. This is a selective process using points for grades, science GPA, HESI exam scores, and the completion of your observations hours. Those students with complete applications (all prerequisite courses complete with required grades, and all other documentation completed) will receive acceptance/denial to the program following the application deadline.

BIOL 2060/2026, BIOL 2320/2325, BIOL 2420/2425, CHEM 1110 & CHEM 1115 must be completed within the past five years and require a C+ grade or better. The remaining prerequisite courses require a C grade or better.

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredit Hours
BIOL 2060/2065 Microbiology Lecture/Lab 4
BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy Lecture/Lab 4
BIOL 2420/2425 Human Physiology Lecture/Lab 4
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry 4
CHEM 1115 Elementary Chemistry Lab 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1010, 1040 or higher Intermediate Algebra 4
COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Communication 3
HLTH 1020 Foundation of Nutrition 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1010 or PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3

Take the HESI Health Sciences Pre-Admission Exam

Tests must be scheduled at least one week in advance. You must pass with a minimum benchmark score of 75% in all areas of assessment except critical thinking, which requires a minimum score of 70% and may only be taken once a year.

To raise your score, you may retake the exam (with the exception of the critical thinking module) after a two week remediation period.

You are allowed to take the exam up to three times within a one year period. HESI scores are valid for one year.

Schedule HESI Exam

Brainfuse.com Online Tutoring is NOW ACTIVE!!! Brainfuse.com Online Tutoring will offer Online Tutoring in more subjects than ever before. Students will have a single sign on thru their Canvas courses (on left hand navigation column).

Highlights: Students can request a Tutor in their native language. Student’s sessions with a Tutor are archived so the student can go back and review a previous session over and over. There is also a Skills Lab, Study Center, Flashcard maker, and Practice tests for the GED, GRE, Accuplacer, HESI, and TEAS.

Observation Hours

You are required to complete 40 observation hours with a Registered Clinical Dental Hygienist in a dental setting. There must be a Supervising RDH at the site to sign and date the form. You cannot be paid for your observation hours or use work time. Health care professional dress is required. Print this observation form, have your supervising RDH document and sign it, and submit it to the Health Sciences Admissions Office in JHS 065 or email the form to healthsciencesadmissions@slcc.edu.

Hep b titer

You must provide a Hep B titer (blood draw) proof of positive (reactive) immunity.  If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and have a repeat titer. The titer (and first two repeat doses if you need to repeat the series) must be completed before the summer orientation.  

Submit Online Program Application

  • MySLCC
  • Academics & Records
  • Program Admissions
  • Dental Hygiene

(Dental Hygiene will only appear in menu during open application periods)

As part of the admissions process you must purchase a criminal background check package and a compliance package.

Background Check/Compliance Package

To order a Criminal Background Check Package and a Compliance Package which includes immunization and CPR tracking:

  1. Go to Complio – background check and compliance system
  2. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
  3. Order the Criminal Background Check Package ($29.00) and the Compliance Package ($15.00). The compliance package is a 12-month subscription that will need to be renewed every 12 months while you are in the program at a cost of $15.00
Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time ($35.00). We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date. Once you have purchased the drug screening package and been notified you will only have 24 hours to complete the test.

The Immunization and CPR Compliance Package must be completed with documentation submitted to the American DataBank Complio site within the deadline dates indicated in the package.

You assume the risk if your criminal background check is not clear. If you do not pass the background check, you may not be accepted into the program or may have to withdraw from the program after the tuition refund deadline has passed.

It is strongly recommended that future dental hygiene students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged or sealed from your record if possible.

If you have any problems with the background check, call Complio (American Data Bank) customer service department at 800-200-0853 or email complio@americandatabank.com. If you continue to have problems, call the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

Immunizations

You must provide proof of the following immunizations in your online Compliance Package: Please follow the date rules in Complio. All immunizations must be complete and uploaded to your account before the summer orientation except for the influenza (this is optional) which will be due after the program begins.


1. Annual Influenza Vaccination: (Highly recommended but not required)
Generally given September-February. You must provide proof of the Influenza vaccination or submit a signed declination (You may be required by a clinical site to have the influenza vaccination)
2. Tuberculosis Skin or Blood Test: Required Annually
Proof of a negative 2 – step PPD, QuantiFERON TB Gold test or T-SPOT.TB; if positive or you have had a past positive test, you must submit a negative chest x-ray. This requirement also includes international students who have had the BCG immunization. X-ray results are good for three years. If you choose to do a PPD please know that the PPD is a 2 step test, the 1st step must be done no sooner than the dates specified in Complio and the 2nd step is required within 1 - 3 weeks after the 1st step is read. Results are good for 1 year. (Please note that a 2 step PPD test requires 4 office visits, 1. Test is administered 2. Test is read 3. 2nd test is administered 4. Test is read.) The annual TB test would be a 1-step PPD, QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.
3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Booster:
Tdap booster is good for 8 years. TD will be given subsequent to Tdap.
4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
Proof of two doses or positive titer (blood draw) on all three (measles, mumps and rubella). Equivocal results are not acceptable; you must test in the positive range if you choose to do a titer. NOTE: If given to adult females, since this is a live virus, you cannot be pregnant at the time you receive the immunization and you must avoid pregnancy for 3 months after administration
5. Varicella (Chicken Pox):
Proof of two doses or a positive titer (blood draw) . Stating you had the disease is not acceptable. Varicella immunizations are expensive, if you had the disease it is recommended to start with a less expensive titer first for proof of immunity before starting the immunizations.
6. Hepatitis B vaccination series:
You must provide proof of a Hep B titer (blood draw) with a positive (reactive) result. If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and provide proof of that series and a repeat titer. Please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your admissions and clinical placement. The titer (and first two repeat doses if you need to repeat the series) must be completed before the summer orientation.
7. Hepatitis A vaccination series: Highly recommended but not required
Proof of a two dose series or a positive titer. If you start the series, you must complete it.
Changes based on CDC recommendations, see links

http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2017.pdf 
https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/healthcareworkers.htm 
https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/hbvfaq.htm 

CPR Certification

Only American Heart Association Two-Year BLS Providers will be accepted. Your CPR certification must be kept current throughout the program.

BLS Provider

The new BLS Course replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS HCP) and BLS for Prehospital Providers (BLS PHP) courses. The BLS Course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in- and out-of-hospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. Provider cards are available exclusively to authorized TCs for issuance in accordance with the AKA policy.

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Quality Control Checkpoints

  • issue date beginning February 16, 2016
  • Valid until further notice
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue

BLS Healthcare Provider

The BLS for Healthcare providers and BLS for Prehospital Providers Courses have been replaced by the 2016 BLS Course.

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Quality Control Checkpoints

  • Issue date beginning March 23, 2011
  • Valid until April 16, 2018
  • Not valid for issue after April 16, 2016, and is superseded by card 15-1805
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program via your Bruinmail account. If you are accepted, you have two weeks to confirm your place by sending a confirmation email. Please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information. If additional seats become available, new candidates will be accepted based on their place in the applicant ranking system. Once granted acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 is required to purchase your dental hygiene instruments and hold your place in the program.

Random Drug Screening

We will contact you about your random drug test once you’ve been accepted into the program.

Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time ($35.00). We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date. Once you’ve purchased the drug screening package and been notified by email you will only have 24 hours to complete the test.

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 7 days please contact us at 801-957-6253.