Dental Hygiene Admissions

Important notice for the 2023 Dental Hygiene application

The Dental Hygiene program requires 20 hours of job shadowing.

The program application window will open August 1.

Check out the new Dental Hygiene program video and the updated Dental Hygiene admission packet. 

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.

The Dental Hygiene program is a limited-enrollment program accepting approximately 24 students once a year. The acceptance rate can vary based on clinical space availability. Because 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. Still, there is no guarantee of acceptance into the program, even if you have straight A's in all eight general education classes.

Anyone interested in the 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. Because the Dental Hygiene program is very competitive, we strongly recommend meeting with a Health Sciences admissions/academic advisor to discuss an academic plan.

Perry Health Sciences Admissions
[email protected]

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

Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is based on a competitive process. The applicants with the highest number of points (as determined through the ranking process) will be selected for the available clinical slots. If point totals are tied among applicants, the applicant who submitted a completed application earliest in the application period will be chosen.Once all minimum admissions requirements have been met, including the 20 hours of job shadowing, submit a Dental Hygiene program application to [email protected]

  • The 2023 Dental Hygiene program application will be available by July 31 and the application period runs from August 1 through January 31.
  • Submit the Dental Hygiene Job Shadowing form verifying the completion of 20 hours of shadowing with your program application

As noted, acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is highly competitive, so applying to the program does not guarantee acceptance. Once accepted into the program, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements