Application to the program is due by February 15. Please read all of the information provided to assure that you submit a completed application.

The dental hygiene education curriculum is scientifically oriented, rigorous, and intensive. Because enrollment is limited by facility capacity special program admissions criteria and procedures are necessary to ensure that the students selected have the potential for successfully completing the program. Therefore applicants are required to complete pre-dental hygiene course requirements. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a “C” or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on cumulative GPA of the prerequisite courses only. Each year the top 24 highest GPA candidates are offered positions in the program. All other qualified applicants are placed on the Alternate List. (Being placed on the Alternate List does not guarantee admission.) To apply to the program for one of the 24 available positions students must complete the following steps in order listed:

Download the Applicant Detailed Personal Check List

Step 1

Completion of all required prerequisites as outlined below:

(20 prerequisite course credits must be completed prior to application.)


Cr Hrs

CHEM Chemistry Requirement (Intro Chem 1000 or Chem I-1020 or Chem II-1030) – Must include a lab


CO/M Communication Requirement (Intro Pub Speak 1010 or Interpersonal Comm 1030)


MOLB  2210* General Microbiology – Must include a lab


PSYC  1000 General Psychology


ANTH  1200 Cultural Anthropology or SOC 1000 Sociological Principles


ZOO 2010* Human Anatomy & Physiology I


ZOO 2020* Human Anatomy & Physiology II


HOEC 1146 Nutrition for Heath Care


ENGL 1010 English Composition I


ENGL 2005 Advanced Writing Requirement


MATH Basic Math Requirement- (Prob Solv 1000 or Pre Calc Alg 1400)


*Must be 5 years current at the time of entry into the program. TOTAL PREREQUISITES CREDITS 37 – 38      

Step 2

Applicants must complete an application for general admission to NWCCD Sheridan College online or at the Admissions Office. (phone extension 2002)

Step 3

Applicants must request and send official transcripts from high school and each college previously attended. GED recipients must request and have an official score report sent to the Admissions Office.

Step 4

Applicants must complete and submit an online application for admission into the Sheridan College (SC) Dental Hygiene Program no later than February 15th. Completed observation forms need to be submitted to the program administrative assistant by February 15th by mail, fax, scanned email, or in person. Please download the Dental Hygiene Program information packet, which includes the new observation forms with reduced hour requirements.

All prerequisite course work must be completed the spring semester of application year with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater. The most recent grades for the prerequisite courses taken will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the program administrative assistant to make sure the application is complete.

Step 5

Students will be notified of their admission status by mail by mid May: Conditional Acceptance, Alternate List, and Not Accepted. If any candidate selected for the program does not accept their appointment the admissions committee will then select from the Alternate List. Vacancies may occur as late as the first week of class.

No applications will be held or placed on a waiting list for the next year. Applicants may reapply as many times as they wish. It is important for all applicants to consider alternative options available in the event of not being selected.

Final acceptance into the program is offered when the following additional requirements are completed and submitted by the dates stipulated in the Conditional Acceptance Form and Information Letter (mailed in May):

  1. Conditional Acceptance Form with a position holding fee of $250.
  2. Documentation/verification of vaccinations and titers to administrative assistant:
    1. TB test/PPD- 90 days current by program start date
    2. Tetanus/Diptheria (TD)/Pertussis (Tdap)- current within 10 years while in the program
    3. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)- 2 in lifetime or current titer
    4. Hepatitis B- (series takes 6 months) complete by program start date
    5. Influenza- required both years by November 1 while in program. Waiver requests will be considered.
    6. Varicella- recommended/optional
  3. CPR Certification (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers is required to be taken from the SC Dental Hygiene Program offered at the beginning of the fall semester of entry into the program.)
  4. Acceptable Criminal Background Check. (Information Letter- link provided)
  5. Dental Hygiene Clinical Kit fee paid. (Information Letter)

The SC Dental Hygiene Program and cooperating clinical agencies reserve the right to require urine testing for a reasonable suspicion of a dental hygiene student under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, controlled substances, or intoxicants (prescribed or non-prescribed) in the educational setting.

Dental health professionals may be exposed to contagious diseases, therefore strict compliance with Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Although diseases may be encountered research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control is practiced. Policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene Program.