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Dental Hygiene Application & Admissions

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Application Submission Process

EligibilityApplication

Online Application System Opens October 1st

All elements of the application must be received by January 25th


Online Application Process

In addition to the completion of all prerequisite science courses, students must submit the following items using the online application system. Online application link available October 1st.

  • Submit Online Application Requirements
  • Directions for uploading requirements will be included in the online application system
  • All non-DSU transcripts must be submitted to records@dixie.edufor transfer evaluation as soon as science courses are completed or by the application deadline, whichever is sooner.

Online Application Forms

Below are examples of forms included in the online application system. Fillable, electronic forms will be available in the online application by October 1st.


Application Fee

  • For 2020 Admissions, the following fees will be assessed for each application
    • $50 for first-time applicants
    • $25 for re-applicants

Final Grades

  • All science courses must be complete and graded (with highest at grade C or better)
    • 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, student must take the HESI Exam for all science courses to demonstrate academic readiness for the program and preparation for success on national boards.
      • 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
  • 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.

HSRT Results

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).


Dental Experience Form

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)
  • 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.
    • 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.

**Until Fall 2020 Admission, previously completed 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.
    • The observation office supervisor must complete the bottom portion of the form to the best of his/her recollection. Marking all items as N/A is accepted.

Confidential Recommendations

  • 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
  • Directions
    • New paper submissions are accepted, however, electronic submissions are preferred.
      • E-form recommendations are preferred. Links will be available in the online application after October 1st.
      • Paper Document Available Here: link

Proctored Writing Sample

  • Once the online application link is live, a timed, proctored submission of short essay questions will be required.
    • A rubric will be provided in the online application system prior to submission for students to better understand scoring criteria.
  • 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

Questions?

Contact the Dental Hygiene Advisor or email DentalHygiene@dixie.edu