• Dental Hygiene Admission Details

  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2018 admission. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year.

    The Dental Hygiene program at MHCC offers in-depth instruction in basic and dental sciences integrated with instruction and broad clinical experiences in dental hygiene therapy and dental procedures. Highly qualified instructors have years of experience in the dental and dental hygiene profession. The dental hygiene clinic is equipped with contemporary dental chairs and delivery systems, a digital panoramic and intraoral radiology system, an intraoral camera, and electronic dental record software. Education and preparation to qualify for all Oregon and many regional licensing, permits, and endorsements is included in the curriculum; this includes administering local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, and providing both amalgam and composite restorative care. Most graduates also hold Expanded Practice Permits.

    Admissions into the Program

    Requirements to Apply

    To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the requirements described below by the application deadline of January 19, 2018 by 5 p.m. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better, unless otherwise noted. We only accept coursework through Fall 2017. Science and math courses cannot be completed prior to Fall 2011

    • General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I – CH104
      • IMPORTANT NOTE: As of the 2019-2020 application cycle, we will accept CH112 to meet the CH104, CH105, and CH106 series requirement. Students planning to apply or transfer to another dental hygiene program should check their transfer school’s requirements. CH112 may not satisfy other school’s prerequisites or degree requirements
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I –BI121 OR BI231
      • IMPORTANT NOTE: As of the 2019-2020 application cycle, we will accept only the BI231, BI232, and BI233 series to meet the A&P requirement.
    • Beginning Algebra II – MTH065 OR placement* into Intermediate Algebra – MTH095 If math is completed prior to Fall 2011, applicants must demonstrate current knowledge through the College Placement Test (CPT). If required placement level is not met, applicants must complete the required math course to reapply in the future. If required placement is met, applicant does not need to retake math.
    • Introduction to College Writing – WR115 OR placement* into College Composition – WR121

    Students can substitute an equivalent course or series to fulfill the requirements above. It's recommended that students connect with an academic adviser to make sure the course is acceptable. Prospective applicants who would like to pursue a bachelor's degree are advised to take the 200-level anatomy and physiology.

    * Mt. Hood Community College Placement Test (CPT)

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test given on a walk-in basis. Students are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep. There is no fee to take the CPT. Your scores will be available upon completion of the test.
    • If you have COMPASS scores from another school, you will not need to take MHCC's Accuplacer CPT. Please submit your COMPASS score report with your application packet, and we will convert your test results for use at MHCC. Please note: MHCC is unable to utilize ALEKS scores for math placement.
    • Test scores are not on official college transcripts. You will need to contact your college's testing center to obtain your reading, writing, and math scores for use at MHCC.
    • CPT scores are valid for 5 years.
    • Students who choose to retest in reading or writing will need to complete a Retest Self-Referral Form, which is available in the Testing Center or Academic Advising.

    Requirements to Start the Program

    Students who are accepted for Fall 2018 must complete the following courses with a "C" or better by the end of Spring term, June 2018 if listed courses have not yet been completed.

    • Full series of Chemistry* – CH105, CH106
    • Full series of Anatomy & Physiology* – BI122 OR BI232 AND BI233
    • Microbiology* – BI234
    • English Composition – WR121
    • Beginning Algebra II – MTH065 or higher

    *Science courses must be taken with labs. Chemistry and A&P series cannot be mixed and matched. Applicants must complete the same series of each subject for applying.

    Transcript Requirements

    • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 on their official college transcripts (this includes all college coursework, not just prerequisites).
    • Transcripts from every college attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age, must be included for an application to be complete. Applications will not be considered without all official transcripts on file at MHCC. Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu – this includes non-regionally accredited colleges. Additionally, official AP or IB transcripts/scores must be submitted if courses are to be used for admission requirements (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives).
    • Do NOT include an MHCC transcript.
    • Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
    • Nationally accredited (for-profit institutions) transcripts are not required and will not fulfill program or degree requirements, but may be submitted.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy. Courses may be in progress at the time of application submission but an updated transcript showing posted grades for the required coursework for Fall term 2017 and prior terms must be received by the application deadline.
    • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential services. Acceptable credential evaluation services may be found at www.naces.org and http://aice-eval.org/. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and our process could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

    Additional Requirements to Apply

    In addition to the academic requirements listed above, students must also:

    • Submit a resume. Resumes should include both related and unrelated work experience along with any volunteer information and dates. College coursework completed at a college without regional accreditation will not be considered for admissions or graduation requirements; however, it may be used toward proof of related education/experience. For assistance with your resume, contact the Career Planning and Counseling Center at 503-491-7432. Please note, only volunteer work not older than 2013 will qualify.
    • Observation Hours. A minimum of 20 hours of observation (cannot be older than 1 year) in a dental setting is required, 10 of which need to be with a hygienist.

    Point Award System: (A= 4 pts, B= 3 pts, C= 2pts)

    There will be a one-point reduction each for every required and supporting chemistry and biology course that is repeated within the last 7 years.

    Course Number Course Title My Points / Out of
    (CH103/CH112 at MHCC does NOT fulfill this requirement!)
    General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 1 /4
    BI121 or BI2312 Anatomy and Physiology 1 /4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II No points
    Completion of WR115 (no expiration date) or placement into WR121 No points
    Supporting Coursework: Must be completed by end of Spring term, June 2018 if courses have not yet been taken
    CH105 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 2 /4
    CH106 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 3 /4
    BI122 or BI232/233 Anatomy and Physiology 2/ Anatomy and Physiology 3 /4
    BI234 Microbiology /4
    WR121 English Composition /4
    MTH065 or higher Beginning Algebra II No points
    Additional Coursework: "C" grade or higher = 2 points
    FN225 Nutrition /2


    Psychology Elective* /2
    SOC204/SOC205/SOC206 Sociology Elective* /2
    COMM100/111/115/218 Speech Course /2
    WR1223/123/227 English Composition: Research/Technical Report Writing /2
    Discretionary Points
    Prior Degree Associate's Degree=1, Bachelor's Degree=2, Master's Degree=3 /3
    Residency In district=1, out of district=0 /1
    Required Coursework Taken at MHCC Completion of required and supporting coursework at MHCC /2
    AP/CLEP/IB Coursework Completion of direct program/admissions requirement courses via CLEP/AP/IB. Applicants can earn 1 point for every required preprogram or required in program class completed via CLEP/AP/IB. /No Limit
    Veterans Honorably discharged, submit DD214 /2
    Grade Point Average— the applicant's overall GPA will be used to calculate points. Use table below to calculate:
    College GPA Points
    3.60 – 4.00 5
    3.20 – 3.59 4
    2.80 – 3.19 3
    2.50 – 2.79 2

    1CH112 (formerly CH103 at MHCC) Chemistry for Allied Health, or equivalent one-term chemistry course, does not fulfill the chemistry requirement. All chemistry courses cannot be completed prior to Fall, 2011 and must be completed with a "C" grade or better. For the purpose of the Dental Hygiene admission requirement only, courses listed below from the stated institution can be accepted in lieu of CH104, CH105, and CH106.

    • CHEM& 121 and CHEM& 131 from Washington colleges.
    • CH121/122/123 from Oregon State University
    • CH102 from Portland Community College
    • CH112 from Clackamas Community College
    2If you have plans to further your education and earn a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene, BI231/232/233 is recommended and will be required for the application cycle 2019-2020. .
    3Students must take WR122 for 4 credits. If WR122 is taken for 3 credits, the student must to complete WR123/WR227.

    *Depending on what courses an applicant takes, an additional class may need to be completed to meet the human relations portion of the AAS degree.


    • Points earned prior to the interview do not carry forward to the interview. All applicants start at zero points during the interview phase. Applicants are strongly advised to attend the Health Professions Interview Preparation Sessions.
    • At the time of interview, program faculty will look at the applicant's resume, work experience and observation hours.
    • In the event of a tiebreaker, program faculty will take into account repeated coursework to make a final decision.

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