• The Dental Hygiene program uses a merit-based, competitive admission process. We accept one cohort of up to 24 students every Fall semester.  Prior to acceptance, qualified candidates may be contacted to participate in a mandatory orientation.
  • Applications for admission to the Dental Hygiene program are only accepted during open submission periods. 
  • Applications for Fall 2023 cohort will be accepted from October 1, 2022 - January 15, 2023.
  • If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 7 days or 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.
  • The School of Health Sciences reserves the right to reopen any program application after the established deadline, if it is in the best interest of the program to do so. 



Apply for admission at SLCC (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare Health Sciences as your Area of Study, and Dental Hygiene as the Program of Study. 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 meeting the program's selection requirements. 

As of fall 2022 students taking prerequisite courses at SLCC must complete all courses considered for application by the end of the fall semester prior to the application deadline of January 15. Students using transfer credit for prerequisite requirements must have transfer courses completed and transcripts submitted to the Transfer Evaluation Office no later than August 31 prior to the application opening of October 1.

This is a selective process using points for grades, science GPA, 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 2060/2065, BIOL 2320/2325, BIOL 2420/2425, CHEM 1110 & CHEM 1115 must be completed within five years of the start of the program and require a C+ grade or better. The remaining prerequisite courses require a C grade or better.

Course Number Course Description Credit 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, 1020, or 2110 Elements of Effective Communication 3
NUTR 1020 Foundation of Nutrition 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1010 or PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3

*MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score into MATH 1050 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1110.


  • It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their transfer credit has been fully transferred to SLCC prior to the program's application deadlines.
  • If a student has courses they are transferring from another school, their transcripts must be evaluated by the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office and their grades must be posted to SLCC DegreeWorks (their MySLCC account), before the program’s application deadline.  IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR TRANSCRIPTS TO BE EVALUATED.
  • Students should declare Health Sciences as their Area of Study, and Dental Hygiene as the Program of Study when applying to SLCC.  If the program of study does not match the information submitted on the transfer evaluation request, courses applicable to the program may not be transferred to SLCC. Online Tutoring is NOW ACTIVE!!! 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.

verification of high school graduation or equivalent (ged)

Verification of high school graduation or equivalent (GED) will be required before the (program) admissions deadline. Send official high school transcripts to

Observation Hours

You are required to complete 25 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 Observation hours must have been completed within two years prior to applying to the program. 

Observation Reflection Essay

  • Reflective essays must be submitted as part of the admissions application along with the observation hours form.
  • APA Formatting:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Times New Roman font
    • Font Size 12
    • Double spaced
    • 1-inch margins
    • 250-500 words
    • Must be written in full sentences
    • Include introduction and summary paragraphs.
    • Use section headings
    • Title page including Title, Name, Date--Centered and bolded using font size and style above

Reflection Objectives:

  1. Demonstrates understanding of the roles of a Dental Hygienist
  2. Describes Dental Hygiene procedures observed
  3. Recognizes potential concerns or challenges that may be encountered as a Dental Hygiene student/professional
  4. Candidate demonstrates use of proper APA essay construction and design.

Include reflection on all of the following prompts

  • Describe the role of a Dental Hygienist within a dental practice.
  • What is your motivation to become a Registered Dental Hygienist?
  • Describe the procedures performed by the Registered Dental Hygienist during your observation hours.
  • Discuss personal/character traits/soft skills you consider essential for the successful practice of Dental Hygiene.
  • After completing your observation hours address any concerns or anticipate any challenges you might have in pursuing this line of education/career?


Applicants who submit documentation showing the following experience may be given extra consideration for the program, if they have fulfilled all of the program application requirements. 

  • Graduation from a CODA Accredited Dental Assistant program
  • Hands-On Dental Assistant work experience (Must have worked full time, for at least 6 months) – Applicants must submit a signed letter from your employer (on letterhead) that states your job title, if you worked full time and the duration of your employment.

Documentation must be submitted to the Health Sciences Admissions Office within five business days of submitting your application (priority review and application deadlines still apply).You may email your documentation to, or drop it off in person at the Jordan Campus at 3491 W Wights Fort Rd, JHS 065, West Jordan UT.

Submit Online Program Application

You may submit your application two ways:

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

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

  • MySLCC
  • Semester Checklist
  • Program Admissions
  • Health Sciences Program Admissions
  • Dental Hygiene

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

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program via your Bruinmail account. 

Acceptances into the Dental Hygiene program will be given on a "conditional" basis.  Students must complete the following within the allotted time in their conditional acceptance letter to receive a full acceptance:

  1. Order Complio compliance package.
  2. Order background check.
  3. Upload and enter documentation showing compliance for immunizations.
  4. Complete drug screening (directions will be provided in the conditional acceptance letter)
  5. Complete the American Heart Association BLS CPR certification.

Once all of the above items have been completed, the student will need to contact the Admissions Office for verification of compliance.  If compliant, a full acceptance letter will be sent with additional instructions for anything else that will need to be completed before beginning the program. Once granted a full acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 is required to purchase your dental hygiene instruments and hold your place in the program.

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. 

Please do not initiate any of the compliance tasks unless you have received a conditional acceptance letter.

Background Check/Compliance Package

A full criminal background check is required for the Dental Hygiene Program.  Please follow the steps below.

  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), the Drug Screening Package ($35), you will have 48 hours to complete the test once ordered, and the Compliance (Dental Hygiene) Package ($16.00). 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 $16.00.

Students who do not receive favorable background checks, may not be able to sit for national certification exams or meet the requirements for clinical placement.  Students who do not receive favorable background checks should contact the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator immediately.  An unfavorable background check may prevent acceptance into the program. The School of Health Sciences strongly recommends that prospective students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged if possible.  Information regarding how to expunge criminal records may be found here:

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


Proof of immunization is required by clinical affiliates and must be completed upon acceptance into the program. Clinical affiliates mandate all students comply with program immunization requirements, as failure to immunize is not only a risk to patients but also students. Failure to immunize may result in the inability to place students at clinical sites, which would also preclude students from completing required clinical coursework.  Students that cannot comply may forfeit their placement in the program. Students claiming a religious or personal exemption for an immunization should fill out this form (link) and provide to the Associate Dean of the specific program.  Students claiming an allergy to an immunization should complete this form (link) and provide to the Admissions Coordinator in the Dean’s Office.  The School of Health Sciences does not guarantee that clinical affiliates will accept exemption requests.

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. All immunizations must be complete and uploaded to your account before the summer orientation except for the influenza which will be due after the program begins.

1. Annual Influenza Vaccination:
Required annually, students must provide proof of receiving the Influenza vaccination between September 1 and October 31 or submit a signed exemption request form between September 1 and October 31. 
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 10 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 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. 
8. COVID Vaccine: 
Proof of complete doses or an approved Health Sciences exemption form on file. Unvaccinated students may not be eligible to be placed or complete a clinical requirement necessary for graduation. *Subject to change based on mandates*

Changes based on CDC recommendations, see links:


CPR Certification

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