Applicants must submit the following credentials by February 1:
- Completed Cape Cod Community College Application for Admission.
- Official high school transcript or GED diploma.
- Official transcript(s) for all colleges and universities ever attended, (if applicable)
- Dental Hygiene Information Sessions: Attendance at an information session within the last two years is required for all applicants to the Dental Hygiene program. The Coordinator of Admissions and the Dental Hygiene Program Director will share up- to-date information about the program and answer questions about the curriculum, clinical assignments, support services and the admissions process. Information sessions are held each fall and winter. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Office.
- Criteria for admission includes:
- Satisfactory performance in the most recent educational experiences
- Successful completion of chemistry with a lab within the last five years. Students meeting this application requirement with high school chemistry must, once accepted, complete Chemistry for the Health Sciences I (CHM109)* or equivalent no later than the summer prior to enrollment in Oral Tissues I (DEN101).
The preferred applicant will present:
- An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
- An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in mathematics and science courses. Priority will be given to the candidate who has taken additional courses to fulfill the core requirements.
- Admission decisions are based upon a review of all candidates.
Once the incoming class has been selected, a wait list will be formulated with the following criteria:
- An overall GPA of 2.8
- An overall GPA of 2.8 in mathematics or science courses.
- The Wait List is maintained in chronological order until the first week of Fall semester.
- Completion of courses required by English and elementary algebra skills assessments prior to registration for dental hygiene courses.
Additional Program Information/Requirements
- Students who are required to study developmental education courses should anticipate a three-year program of study.
- The Dental Hygiene program is a sequential course of study. Upon acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program, the student must maintain a grade of 75 or better and a satisfactory clinical evaluation in each Dental Hygiene course in order to proceed to the next Dental Hygiene course. Students who fail a course may apply for re-entry in accordance with the Dental Hygiene Program Re-Entry Policy.
- Due to the rigorous nature of the Dental Hygiene program, completion of additional science and general education courses outlined in the Dental Hygiene program are recommended prior to acceptance.
- Each Dental Hygiene student must: undergo a complete physical examination and meet the physical and mental abilities required to achieve the clinical objectives; complete all required tests and immunizations as indicated on the Cape Cod Community College Report of Physical Examination form; have completed all Hepatitis B immunizations prior to the September of the year the student is entering the Dental Hygiene program. In addition, each Dental Hygiene student is required to maintain current CPR certification at the BLS Provider (AHA) level or BLS/CPR for Healthcare (Red Cross) level, and carry malpractice and health insurance.
- Please refer to the policy statement of Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information checks. CORI/SORI checks will be required throughout the program.
- As in any health care environment, students in the Dental Hygiene program may have risks of exposure to infectious diseases. The Dental Hygiene program adheres to all state and federal regulations to reduce the risk of health care associated infections. Individuals who disclose the presence of bloodborne infectious diseases will be shown the same consideration as non-infected individuals and will be offered reasonable accommodation. Information regarding health status of an individual is considered confidential and protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
- Applicant must be able to meet the physical and behavioral capabilities outlined in the Dental Hygiene Program Technical Standards.