Dental Hygiene

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Program Admission

Application and location changes

The PCC Dental Hygiene Program is participating in the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). Applicants applying to enter the Dental Hygiene Program will apply online using the ADEA DHCAS application.

In January 2021, the program will move to a new building and location at SW 4th and Montgomery. This is will be a newly built, collaborative building that will also house the OHSU/PSU Graduate School of Public Health and means exciting changes and opportunities for PCC dental students! Please note, students applying for 2020 admission will start Fall Term September 8, 2020 and end November 13 at the Sylvania campus and begin with the rest of PCC in January, at the new 4th and Montgomery location.

Thank you for your interest in PCC’s Dental Hygiene Program. The application cycle for the dental hygiene program starting in the fall of 2020 will open January 1, 2020 and will close on April 15, 2020 at 9pm PST.

Students applying for fall 2020 admission are highly encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Continue reading for more information on payment due dates and payment plans.

PCC uses an independent organization for online application processing called the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Dental Hygiene Centralized Application System (DHCAS). Applicants should review the program application instructions early to ensure the new process is clear. Applicants will need to mail and upload all materials for the DHCAS online application by the April 15, 2020 by 9pm PST (12 midnight EST) deadline. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, including PCC.

The PCC Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive, closed entry program. Dental Hygiene program applications are evaluated on a point system.

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Dental Hygiene student working on a patient

Selection Criteria

The Dental Hygiene program selection is based on the following criteria. Please review the Dental Hygiene advising guide for a detailed point breakdown.

Admission process, phase I: application evaluation
  • Overall college GPA
  • Grades in science prerequisites
    • Please Note: The PCC Dental Hygiene Program requires a full term of organic chemistry with lab. Applicants using a non-PCC organic chemistry course must include a copy of the course syllabus. Acceptance of non-PCC organic chemistry courses will be evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure the content is sufficient. All transferred courses are subject to approval by the dental department and the PCC student records office.
  • Completion of general education courses
  • Completion of a prior degree
  • Active US military members or veteran status
  • Experience
    • CDA or one year full-time work experience in a dental setting
    • 20 hours of job shadowing
Admission process, phase II: proctored essay

Based on application point totals from phase I, the highest scoring 40 applicants will be invited to participate in an on campus proctored essay worth up to 25 points. Essays are held at the Sylvania Campus. Applicants will be notified of the date and time they are assigned to attend the timed, proctored essay via the email address they designate through their DHCAS application. This is the only method of notification. The 102 application points from phase I will be added to the 25 essay points from phase II to determine who will be offered a seat in the program.

20 applicants with the highest combined point totals from phase I and II will be selected into the Dental Hygiene program. Student selection notification takes place in late-June each year.

The PCC Dental Hygiene program encourages interested applicants to become familiar with the professional duties of a dental hygienist. Basic computer skills in word processing are also encouraged prior to applying to the program.

The 2020 proctored essay dates will be posted here when they are scheduled.

Admission process, phase III: post-selection requirements

Admitted PCC Dental Hygiene students must meet the following requirements before they begin the Dental Hygiene program.

  1. Successfully pass a criminal background check from agency designated by PCC.
  2. Successfully pass a drug screening from agency designated by PCC.
  3. Provide proof of current immunizations.
  4. Provide current proof of CPR for Health Care Providers certification.

Students should not pursue completing phase III requirements until they are formally accepted into the program and receive specific instructions from the Dental Department.

Grade requirements

Individual prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Additional recommendations

Due to the highly competitive nature of the Dental Hygiene admissions, there is no guarantee of admission to the program upon completion of prerequisites. It is recommended that applicants apply to as many different colleges as possible. A listing of entry level Dental Hygiene programs can be obtained by contacting the American Dental Hygienists Association at 312-440-8900.

Application process

The PCC Dental Hygiene Program is using the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS) for program application.

PCC’s program will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2020. Students are strongly encouraged to begin building their DHCAS application as early as November 1, 2019.

The PCC Dental Hygiene application opens January 1, 2020.

The application deadline is April 15, 2020 at 9pm PST.

Program regulations

You will be required to wear protective gear and clothing during all laboratory procedures that produce airborne particulate matter or expose you to patients during dental procedures.

Admission timeline for the program starting fall 2020

  • January 1, 2020: application opens
  • April 15, 2020 at 9pm PST: application deadline
    • Please be aware that DHCAS can take between 2-4 weeks to document/show receipt (verification) of your transcripts. Send transcripts as early as possible to avoid delays or missed deadlines for your application.
  • Late May: 40 applicants notified by PCC email of invitation to proctored essay.
  • Mid-June: Applicants informed of their admission status. Notifications will be emailed to the email you designated through DHCAS.
    • Once you’ve been offered a seat in the program (alternate or accepted) all communication will come to your PCC email address – not the email you designated through DHCAS.
  • Late June: Admitted and Alternate applicants are required to attend and on campus orientation. Applicants offered placement in the program must meet the post-selection requirements before final admission status is complete.
  • August 24, 2020: Due to relocation of the Dental Hygiene program, Fall term 2020 will have the following schedule change: Fall 2020 will run August 24 through October 31, Monday through Friday at Sylvania Campus. The Dental Hygiene Program runs 7 consecutive quarter terms.

Please review page three of the advising guide to view the point distribution. Once an application cycle closes, point distribution will again be under review and subject to change for 2020. Please consistently check the website, advising guide and/or attend an information session to stay informed of any program updates and/or requirement changes.