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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

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In addition to the University admission requirements, applicants to the two-year AAS degree program must meet the following program requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  1. A minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 and a college GPA of a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. One year of high school algebra.
  3. One year of high school biology.
  4. One year of high school chemistry. (A high school transcript that indicates the above courses are required; and if a student is deficient in any of these courses, one semester of each course at the college level will be accepted).
  5. A composite score of 19 on the ACT, or an equivalent score on the SAT.

College Prerequisites and Other Requirements

  1. *One semester of college English Composition.
  2. *One year of Anatomy and Physiology.
  3. *One semester of Microbiology.
  4. *One semester of Humanities.
  5. **One letter of recommendation from science teachers describing the applicant’s potential for success in the Dental Hygiene curriculum.
  6. One character recommendation.
  7. An autobiographical sketch in the applicant’s handwriting; 100 words or more
  8. A complete dental evaluation on the official forms provided by the Department of Dental Hygiene once an applicant is admitted to the program; and a copy of the TSU health questionnaire should be submitted to the Department.
  9. A personal interview (interviews may be arranged for applicants who live beyond 300 miles from the University).
  10. A criminal background check will be required once an applicant is admitted into the program.

Any transfer credits will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions once official college transcripts are submitted.

*Course prerequisites required for the AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene, must be completed before acceptance into the program. Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Microbiology must be taken within the last 5-Years upon applying to the program. All prerequisites courses must be completed and passed with a grade of “C” or better before acceptance into the program.

**If an applicant has had a long period of absence from an academic program, references from employers, counselors, or other community leaders who know the applicant may substitute for references from science teachers.

The following advanced Health Sciences courses should not be taken unless you are officially enrolled in the BS Completion Degree Program: HLSC 4500 , and HCAP 4900 

Departmental Requirements

Freshman Year

Summer Session

Sophomore Year

Credit Hours for AAS Degree - 79 - Hours

**These courses must be taken prior to acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program.


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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