Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Admission Requirements

Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
19 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
42 - Algebra
38 - Reading
40 - Writing
40 - Elementary Algebra
90 - Reading
98 - Sentence Skills
103 - Arithmetic OR
97 - Elementary Algebra

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT063 Elementary Algebra

Option 3

Any combination of Option 1 and Option 2 fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.

Additional Requirements Before You Start the Program

  • Prior to full acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program, you must complete program prerequisite courses with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.

  • Prior to the first day of classes, accepted students must be Health Care Provider Level CPR certified and have a physical exam with immunization record on Hawkeye Community College form.

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission.

  2. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants not meeting the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

    2. Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete the basic skill competencies requirements and program prerequisite courses will become candidates for admission.

    3. Upon completion of the program prerequisite courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 within these courses, applicants will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by their admission requirement completion date.

  3. Applications are processed for admission in March of each year for the following fall class provided the applicant is of senior high school status or older.

  4. The program accepts approximately 22 applicants for each Fall Semester. Applicants will be accepted based on the date their applicant file was completed. If many students share the same date for completing their applicant file, the second criteria used will be the GPA from the program prerequisite courses.

  5. If you are offered acceptance to begin the Dental Hygiene program and you choose to decline your acceptance, your file will be inactivated and you will need to re-apply for the admission to the program when interested.

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Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

David Reff
Grundy Hall 156
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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