Dental Hygiene Technology Selective Program Admission Requirements

Dental hygiene student working with a child patient

The following are the minimum criteria and any additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for program admission to the next cohort for the Dental Hygiene Program. These criteria will be similar for all the selective programs, but there may be some small differences or program specific requirements that must be completed. Please make sure you are aware of all the requirements. 


Dental Hygiene Selective Program Admission Minimum Criteria

These are the minimum criteria that must be met to be considered for the program. If you do not meet these requirements, you should not submit a selective program admission application. By enrolling in pre-health professions, you are able to work towards these requirements at UC Blue Ash College, and apply once they are met. The pre-health professions advisor can assist with putting together a plan.

1. Biology:

One year of high school Biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or a college biology course as indicated below is required.

A. If high school Biology grade was C, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.

B. If high school Biology was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete Biology for Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of “C” or better.

2. Chemistry:

One year of high school chemistry with lab with a grade of "C" or better completed within 6 years of application or CHEM 1030 (General, Organic, and Biochemistry I) and  CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/Biochemistry Lab) with grades of "C" or better is required.

A. If high school Chemistry grade was a C or better but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete CHEM 1030 (General Organic and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/ Biochemistry Lab) with grades of “C” or better.

B. If high school Chemistry was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete CHEM 1030 (General Organic and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/ Biochemistry Lab) with grades of “C” or better.

3. Math:

  1. Students may meet the math requirement via placement at the appropriate level on the Math Placement Test (MPT).
    1.  MPT score greater than 420 for placement into College level MATH 1008, MATH 1021, or STAT 1031. 
  2. Students may meet the math requirement with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test or an SAT math sub-score of 630 or higher.

4. English:

English Placement test: Eligible for English Composition (ENGL 1001) – student must achieve a score of 5 OR ACT English score of 18 or higher or an SAT writing score of 430 or higher.

5. TOEFL:

(Test of English as Foreign Language) – students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.

6. Minimum GPA:

Students must meet the requirement of (A) un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or (B) 2.8 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Note: Application to the Dental Hygiene Program, or having the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission.

Also, the maximum number of times a student can apply for program admission is two.


Additional Selective Program Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene

In addition to the minimum criteria, there are some additional requirements that you must complete as a part of the application process for the Dental Hygiene program. Here are the additional requirements:

Reflective Essay

A reflective essay must be submitted as a Word document along with the electronic dental hygiene application and must be a minimum of 300 words to a maximum of 600 words. Use Cambria or Times New Roman, size 12 regular font (not italicized or bold, no underlining), double spaced. For each statement, write a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 200 words:

  1. In what ways have you investigated the dental hygiene profession as your career?
  2. Describe a situation in which you have been challenged. What was the lesson you learned?
  3. What are your detailed plans to be successful in this program?

Office Observation Visits

Applicants are required to visit 2 dental offices for 8 hours (minimum 4 hours each) for the purpose of observing behind-the-scenes operations and the role of the dental hygienist in that office. The Pre-Admission Observation/Work Experience Form must be submitted along with the electronic Dental Hygiene Application. Observation hours never expire.


Additional Important Information

  • Application to this program does not guarantee admission and students can apply to any one selective admission program only twice. 

  • Students who do not return the acceptance form by the date listed in their letter/email will be removed from the admission list and their space may be offered to the next most qualified student.
  • Following acceptance to the health programs, students must meet the following requirements:  
    1. Attend mandatory orientation sessions
    2. Purchase appropriate uniforms, supplies, and educational materials
    3. Document current immunizations
    4. Document health care provider CPR certification
    5. Arrange for personal transportation to and from clinical sites
    6. Undergo background checks and drug testing as may be required by the program or the clinical site
    7. Meet additional program specific requirements

Additional Requirements If Accepted Into the Program

There are some additional requirements to be aware of that will need to be met and followed by students who are accepted into the program. If is important to know these requirements before applying in case they cause an issue and so that you are aware of everything that is entailed.  

Mandatory Orientation and Equipment Purchases

Both first and second year students must attend a mandatory orientation the week before the start of classes. Students are required to purchase instruments, magnification loupes and uniforms, refer to the Cost Estimate sheet for more detailed information regarding additional expenses. Other critical requirements include proof of Hepatitis vaccination and titer, annual TB test, vision examination, dental examination and current health care provider CPR certification.

Bloodborne Pathogens/Infectious Disease(s) Policy

The UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Department recognizes that bloodborne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) present a risk to students, faculty, staff and patients.


Dental Hygiene Selection Process

The program admissions committee will review the academic records, reflective essay and office observations for all students who meet the minimum selective admission criteria and complete the application process. The highest rankings will be given to those students who are most successful in the following areas:

  • High school biology or college equivalent 
  • High school chemistry or college equivalent
  • Current cumulative GPA (high school or college)
  • Essay (quality of content and context)

Contact Information

Walters Hall / Room 189
Phone: (513) 745-5635
Email: dentalhygiene@ucblueash.edu