Application Submission Process

Dental Hygiene Department

How Do I Apply?

Dental Hygiene Program’s Online Application Requirements

In addition to the completion of all prerequisite science courses, students must submit the following items using the online application system.

  • Login with your DixieID and password
  • Directions for uploading requirements will be included in the online application system
  • All non-DSU transcripts must be submitted to records@dixie.edu for transfer evaluation as soon as science courses are completed or by the application deadline, whichever is sooner.

 

 

Application Requirements

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FORMS & DOCUMENTS

Below are examples of online application requirements. 

  • Application Form: A simple, demographics collection tool now in an online survey-style format.
    • Application data collector (powered by SurveyMonkey) asks for your DixieID, name, phone number, cumulative GPA, transfer student status, gender, race, language fluency, and a few other items.
  • Dental Experience Form Example
  • Essential Functions of a Dental Hygiene Professional: A quick checklist to acknowledge the necessary skills and attributes in the practice of dental hygiene.

APPLICATION FEE

For 2020 Admissions, the following fees will be assessed for each application

    • $50 for first-time applicants
    • $25 for re-applicants

Directions for payments are included in the online application.


FINAL GRADES & Transcripts

Successful applicants must be academically prepared for the inherent learning demands of a rigorous curriculum.

  • All science courses must be complete and graded (with grade C or better)
  • Course Age: All science courses must have been completed in the last five (5) years
    • If any prerequisite science course is 5 years or older at the time of admission, applicant must demonstrate academic readiness by passing a knowledge exam (the HESI Exam).  Science coursework over 5 years old is considered “aged-out” until a HESI exam is successfully completed.
      • Applicants with “aged-out” science coursework must complete all parts of the HESI exam regardless of which course(s) is “aged-out” to prove academic readiness.
    • The cumulative score on the HESI Exam must be at 75% or higher.
      • If the cumulative score is below 75%, two retakes are allowed in a two-year period.
    • Contact the DSU Professional Testing Center for HESI exam information
  • Most general education (GE) courses should be complete and graded (with passing grade)
    • Unfinished GE coursework must be completed prior to starting the Dental Hygiene Program

 

Transfer Student?

Official transcripts from all non-DSU coursework must be submitted to records@dixie.edu for transfer evaluation as soon as science courses are completed or by the application deadline, whichever is sooner.


HSRT SCORE

Health Science Reasoning Test

The Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) is a cognitive exam that “measures high-stakes reasoning and decision-making processes. The HSRT is specifically calibrated for trainees in undergraduate and graduate health sciences educational programs. Scores on this instrument have been found to predict successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings” (Insight Assessment 2019).


PROCTORED WRITING SAMPLE

The proctored written statement offers each applicant a way to describe their thoughts about the dental hygiene profession.

Well-written responses should be no more than 250 words for each question, but there is no minimum length requirement. A total of one hour is allotted to complete the two questions. A scoring rubric is published for students to better understand scoring criteria prior to submission.  Additional directions will be provided in the online application system.

Directions: At a proctored testing facility computer, open the DSU Dental Hygiene Application Canvas Course. Open the “Quiz” for the Proctored Writing Sample.

Question 1:
What will you contribute to the dental hygiene profession?

Question 2:
Not posted in advance


DENTAL EXPERIENCE FORM(s)

All applicants must have experience with intra-oral procedures by either observation or dental assisting. All required hours must be with adult patients.

Submit completed Dental Experience Form(s)  to total the number of hours required for completion.

  • One of the following criteria must be met:
    • **Observation: At least 50 hours of active observation with a general dentist or a periodontist with adult patients within the last two years**.
      • Active Observation is defined as documenting types of dental procedures observed on adult patients during observation periods by marking check boxes on the required Dental Experience Form.
      • Previous applicants: See below
    • Dental Assistant Employment: At least 500 hours of paid dental assisting on adult patients with a general dentist or periodontist within the last five years.
      • Employment experiences must document types of dental procedures observed or assisted on adult patients during employment by marking check boxes on the required Dental Experience Form.
        • If employment experiences are less than 500 hours and/or are not with adult patients in a general dentist or periodontal office, applicant must submit to the active observation requirement.

 

For Fall 2020 Admission, observation hours dated within three years will be accepted provided submission of the following items:

  1. At least 50 hours of previous observation were with adult patients; and
  2. A completed Dental Experience Form is submitted with the new application.

CONFIDENTIAL EVALUATION / RECOMMENDATION

Two confidential recommendations must be completed each application cycle.

    • One from Employment Supervisor (from the last five years)
      • Any employment experience is acceptable; dental employment not required
    • One from an Unrelated Adult the applicant has known for at least 2 years

 

New paper submissions are accepted, however, electronic submissions are preferred.


Admissions FAQ

Application Questions:

  • How are applications scored?
    • Similar to the previous scoring, eligible applicants will be scored using criteria weighted from highest importance (#1) to less important (#5):
      1. Science GPA (averaged)
      2. Overall GPA
      3. HSRT Exam
      4. Proctored Writing Sample
      5. All Other Application Requirements
        • The other required documents will be considered for scoring as deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee.
  • Can I get any extra points on my application?
    • There are no “extra” points available Each application is scored according to the documents properly submitted in the current application cycle.
      • Documents submitted in any previous application cycle will not complete current cycle application requirements.
  • When will I find out if I’m accepted to the program?
    • Official notification on program admissions will be sent via Dmail in early March.
  • I applied last year. Can I reuse any of the forms I submitted last time?
    • No, we cannot reuse any documents from previous applications. Each applicant must submit all required documents for each admission cycle.
    • Observation hours (Now called Dental Experience): No, we need new forms. Marking N/A on each item is perfectly acceptable if the office supervisor cannot recall which procedures were observed or assisted. This form simply verifies that each applicant has some experience seeing the processes of patient care in the dental field—from charts and x-rays to saliva and sterilization.
    • Confidential Recommendations: No, we need new forms. We cannot reuse any documents from previous applications. Each applicant must submit all required documents for proper scoring during each admission cycle.
  • Are there any study guides for the HSRT exam?
  • What’s the advantage of having the 500 paid hours of dental assisting over 50 hours of observation?
    • There is NO advantage to applicants who have 500 paid hours versus 50 observation hours; no points are assigned for hours. The 500 hours of paid DA experience equals approximately 3 months of full-time work. Candidates with 500 hours in dental assisting simply have more experience but do not necessarily score better during admissions.
  • My science grade is “aged-out” so I must take the HESI exam. Are there any study guides for the HESI A2 exam?
    • Only take the HESI if at least one of your science grades is 5 years old or more. Elsevier publishes an exam review book for the HESI A2 Exam (ISBN: 978-0323353786). There are also free practice tests online if students search for the information.
  • Will you accept FSDH 1500 in place of PSY 1100?
    • Yes, FSHD 1500 does substitute but it’s not on DegreeWorks yet. (We’re working on it!)
  • What is meant by “short essay” for the proctored writing sample?
    • The proctored written statement offers each applicant a way to describe their thoughts about the dental hygiene profession. Well-written responses should be no more than 250 words for each question, but there is no minimum length requirement.
    • A total of one hour is allotted to complete the two questions.
    • No notes are allowed. A blank piece of paper will be provided by the testing center for applicants who wish to organize their thoughts prior to writing their responses.
    • Additional directions will be provided in the online application.

  • Admissions criteria will be finalized each year by May 1st
  • Required application forms will be updated for the next admissions cycle and available by June 1st
  • Electronic applications will open each year by November 1st

 

  • Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 25th
  • Official notification for application status will be sent via Dmail in early March 
  • Accepted candidates must submit acceptance documentation by April 1st
    1. Signed acceptance letter
    2. Proof of payment for the $500 non-refundable program deposit
    3. Favorable drug screen results
  • Additional requirements will be due during the summer. Dates will be announced.
    • Signed disclosure and consent forms
    • Proof of vaccination or immunity testing
      • Hepatitis A (2 shots in 6 months)
      • Hepatitis B (3 shots in 6 months)
      • MMR (2 shots in 1 month)
      • Varicella (2 shots in 1 month)
      • TDaP (1 shot in last few years)
      • Tuberculosis (2 tests in one month)
      • Influenza (optional)
    • CPR Certification
    • Background Check

Academic Program

Email: DentalHygiene@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4905

Fax: 435-879-4929

Public Clinic

Email: DHclinic@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4900

Fax: 435-879-4929

Program Advisor

Cindy Clark, Dental Hygiene

Email: Cindy.Clark@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4809

Office: Taylor 258