• Dental Hygiene Enrollment Guidelines

  • Information Sessions

    Information sessions are offered on a regular basis and details about time and location are on the website. Once you have read the application materials and attended an information session, you may email LRAdmissions@mhcc.edu if you have questions about the admission process. Do not contact the faculty adviser for application or admissions questions.


    The limited and restricted entry programs require additional steps before students are considered for admission to the program. Students must apply within the time period prescribed annually by the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office. Upon notice of acceptance into the program by the Admissions, Registration and Records office, the applicant must indicate his/her intention to enroll in the program by completing registration in the program prior to an established deadline. Applications are for one academic year only. Students must reapply for the next year if not accepted. Admission to Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) does not guarantee admission to a limited or restricted entry program.

    Selection Process

    For the Dental Hygiene program, applications are initially reviewed by Admissions/Transcript Evaluator and pre-interview points are calculated. Applications must be complete and submitted by the January deadline no later than 5 pm to be considered for point calculation. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admission. Pre-interview points include coursework, GPA, residency, AP/CLEP/IB coursework, military service, prior degrees earned, and if all prerequisites and other coursework were completed at MHCC. Please see Application Process & Admission Details for number of points awarded for each area. Up to 50 applicants (may vary in the event two or more applicants’ scores cluster at the cut-off point) will be invited for an interview with program faculty and other selected interviewers. Once invited for an interview, all applicant points revert to zero.

    A four-part structured, standardized interview process consisting of a timed critical thinking exercise, a timed writing exercise, an observed group activity, and an individual interview. Points scored from the interview process will determine the applicant’s accepted or alternate status. Applicants will be notified of their status via email shortly after interviews.

    Restricted-Entry Programs

    Applicants for a restricted entry program must complete the admissions application procedures and meet program criteria by a specified application deadline before being considered for admission into the program. The packet must be completed accurately and returned by the application deadline date. Only completed packets meeting the program admission criteria for applying will be considered. The deadline for submitting a completed packet varies for each program, so it is important to check the specified deadline date for each program.

    Course Requirements

    The course requirements for MHCC programs are subject to change each academic year. For MHCC certificate/degree requirements, a student must follow the program requirements either for the year the student is officially admitted to the program or the year the student is completing the program.

    Student Progress

    Students in limited or restricted entry programs are expected to complete the curriculum within the normal two-year period or less depending on the degree or certificate. However, a program may be extended with permission from the program faculty adviser. In such cases, the student will need to complete a "Petition for Program Leave of Absence" form. This form outlines the details of the program extension agreement. Because of enrollment limitations, extending a program beyond two years must be on a space-available basis.

    If studies are interrupted or extended by five years or more, degree requirements for graduation may have changed, and the student may be asked to complete current requirements in order to earn the certificate or degree. Students who are unable to maintain satisfactory progress may, through a process of review, be removed from a program. This is especially true in regard to clinical education in which patient safety is involved.

    Transfer In

    Advanced standing to some programs may be available to some students with previous education by faculty approval. This may be possible where students have partially completed similar programs at other institutions or where related one-year certificates have been completed.