Dental Hygiene Application

Dental Hygiene Application

Application Process

Prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program, individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program including the responsibilities of direct patient care.

Application Deadline: January 15th

Questions? Email


Step One: Submit Application


Not a current DSU student? Apply to DSU, verify your transfer credits, and contact an advisor.


How to Submit Applications


DSU Dental Hygiene
Taylor Health Sciences Center
225 S University Ave
St George, UT 84770

Deliver In Person:

Taylor Office #109 – Rachel or Cindy
(Behind the Elevator)

DSU Taylor Health Sciences Center
1526 Medical Center Drive, St George


Application packet must include:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Receipt for Application Fee

    • $50 for first time applicants or $25 Application Fee for re-applicants (non-refundable).
      • Pay at DSU Cashier’s Office using code HEA126
      • Pay Online
        • Use DSU Cashnet website to pay online
        • Select “Dental Hygiene Application Fee
        • Screenshot receipt and include with application
  • Official Transcripts

  • 100+ Hours Statement

    • Dentist-signed statement on official clinic letterhead documenting completion of at least 100 hours of dental experience/observation.
      • Minimum hours must be completed by the application due date.
      • Time cards are not accepted.
      • Hours are subject to additional verification by DSU.
    • At least 75% of hours must be done with a general dentist or periodontist in order to get a true representation of the role of a dental hygienist and the type of patients you’ll be treating in our clinic. Specialized dentistry (pediatrics, orthodontics, endodontics, etc.) cannot account for more than 25% of your submitted hours. 
  • Two Confidential Recommendation Forms

    • Letters of Recommendation are NOT Accepted; Must Use Form Provided
    • One Form must be completed by each of the following:
      • Current employer/supervisor
      • Academic instructor

Step Two: Candidate Testing & Selection

two students at DSU Dental Hygiene Program
Application status is sent via Dmail.

Tests & Facility Tour
  • TESTS: As part of our selection process, you may be asked to come to our campus for candidate testing. You will be contacted via email as to the exact dates of testing, but we normally schedule the sessions during the first few weekends in February.  You MUST make yourself available to come to Dixie State University to take these tests.
  • TOUR: Some of our current students will guide you on a tour where you can ask questions, see our clinic and classrooms, and get a feel for the program requirements. We also take pictures and, if selected for the program, these pictures will be placed on students’ ID badges.
Selection Criteria & Application Scoring

Candidates are ranked according to a point-value scale with the following weighted selection criteria, listed in order of importance:

  1. Science Prerequisite GPA
  2. Wonderlic Score
  3. Overall GPA
  4. Manual Dexterity Score
  5. Recommendation Forms

An extra point will be awarded for each of the following:

  • Employed as a Dental Assistant (a minimum of 520 hours)
  • Bilingual
  • Alternate (previous year)
  • Improved Science GPA (for previous applicants)

See next page for Admissions information.