Dental Hygiene

Important Notice for the 2021 and 2022 Dental Hygiene Clinical Application

The Dental Hygiene Program 20-hour shadowing requirement will be waived. We will accept any completed shadowing hours as supplemental information but will not penalize any applicants who are unable to complete hours.

The Dental Hygiene program provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education. 

Our Dental Hygiene program is a limited enrollment program accepting approximately 24 students once a year. Our acceptance rate can vary based on clinical space availability. Since we receive more than 100 applications for every application cycle, we use a competitive, point-based admission process – NOT a waiting list. Points are assigned based on the grades earned in the eight general education classes required for the program – such as ENG 111, PSY 150, and BIO 163. The better the grade, the more points a student will be awarded.  Please note our program is both in high demand and highly competitive. We cannot guarantee acceptance into the program, even if you have straight A's in all eight general education classes. 

Anyone interested in our Dental Hygiene program must first attend a MANDATORY Information Session for Dental Hygiene. Advisors will not meet with students until after the information session has been completed. Since the Dental Hygiene program is very competitive, we strongly recommend meeting with a Health Sciences Admission/Academic Advisor to discuss an academic plan.

 

Perry Health Sciences Admissions
919-747-0402
[email protected]

Dental Hygiene Admission Checklist

 

Ready to get started at Wake Tech? Follow the steps below to begin:


Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is based on a competitive process – NOT a waiting list. When there are more applicants meeting admission requirements than available clinical spaces, those applicants with the highest number of points will be selected. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. 

  • Once all minimum admissions requirements have been met, including the 20 hours of job shadowing, submit a completed Clinical Application to [email protected]

    • For the Fall 2022 Dental Hygiene class, the Dental Hygiene clinical application period is April 1 through January 31.  
    • Beginning with the Fall 2023 Dental Hygiene class, the clinical application period is August 1 through January 31.

    • The applicants with the highest number of points (as determined through the competitive ranking process) will be selected for the available clinical slots.

      • Applicants with equal point totals will be selected by choosing the applicant who has submitted a completed Dental Hygiene clinical application earliest in the application period.

      • If a tie continues, the date the student was accepted as a pre-dental hygiene student will be utilized to break the tie.

    • Important Notice for the 2021 and 2022 Dental Hygiene Clinical Application. The Dental Hygiene Program 20-hour shadowing requirement will be waived. We will accept any completed shadowing hours as supplemental information but will not penalize any applicants who are unable to complete hours.

  • Dental Hygiene students will be required to undergo a Criminal Background Check in order to attend select clinical rotations.

  • Once admitted into the Dental Hygiene classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.