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Dental Hygiene Application & Admissions


Eligibility & Prerequisites


Online Application Process

  1. Apply for Admission to Dixie State University
    • Apply to DSU at least two weeks before the Dental Hygiene Application is due
    • You must have an assigned DixieID to apply for the Dental Hygiene Program
    • Transfer Credits? Check the Transfer Guide for course equivalency
  2. Gather Required Documents for Application Submission

Prerequisite Courses

Before Applying to Dental Hygiene

Prior to submitting an application to the Dental Hygiene Program, the following courses must be completed and graded. All graded attempts for each course must be listed on the application. The number of attempts for each course will be verified. There is no limit on course retakes to remain eligible for admission.

All science courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Grade "C-" is not accepted.

Prior to Beginning Program Coursework

All of the following courses must be completed and graded prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene Program. All DSU General Education Requirements must be completed before beginning the program. There is no limit on course retakes to remain eligible for admission.


    • Each graded attempt for every science course will be averaged on a 4.0 scale for admission scoring.
      • For example, a student earns a C+ (2.4 points) the first time in a science course and wants a better grade. The student chooses to retake the course and then earns an A- (3.7 points), the averaged points for admission scoring would equal 3.05 points for that course.
    • Only science course grades are averaged. Overall GPA is not averaged and is taken from official transcripts evaluated by DSU.
    • There is no limit on course retakes.
    • All science courses must have been completed in the last five (5) years
      • If any prerequisite science course is over 5 years old at the time of program admission, student must take the HESI A2 for Sciences Exam for all science courses to demonstrate academic readiness for the program and preparation for success on national boards.
        • For Dental Hygiene Admissions, the HESI A2 Sciences exam must include three sections:
          1. Biology
          2. Chemistry
          3. Anatomy & Physiology
        • The cumulative score of the HESI A2 must be at 75% or higher.
          • If the cumulative score is below 75%, remediation is available online through Elsevier's Evolve login.
          • Two retakes are allowed in a two-year period.
      • Contact the DSU Professional Testing Center for HESI exam information
        • 435-652-7667


Applicants should have at least 46 college-level credits prior to starting the Dental Hygiene Program. Dental Hygiene Program graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree and must have 120 credits to graduate.

All DSU General Education Requirements must be completed before beginning the program.  If you don’t have an Associate’s degree, please see the specific General Education Requirements to earn a Bachelor’s degree or contact an advisor.


Contact the Dental Hygiene Advisor or email