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 ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
19 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
42 - Algebra
76 - Reading
82 - Sentence Skills -OR-
06 - Essay
85 - 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 have a physical exam with immunization record on Hawkeye Community College form. Accepted students must attend a Mandatory Compliance Training session prior to beginning the first day of the program. Students will be notified of the Mandatory Compliance Training at their MORE session.

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.

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

  3. Applicants are accepted for each fall semester to begin the Dental Hygiene program. Applicants are offered acceptance 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 required general education courses.

  4. 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

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Program Advisors

Katie Gisleson
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1359
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Jessica Suedbeck
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1748
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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