Dental Hygiene Admissions FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about the admissions process for the Dental Hygiene program. Information also is available in this document.

Who can provide me with information about admission into the program?

The Health Sciences Advidsing office handles all admissions correspondence. Please visit Health Sciences Admissions for more information or call 919-747-0402 to reach an admissions counselor.

Are letters of recommendation required for admission? Is an admissions interview necessary?

No. Letters of recommendation and interviews are neither required nor considered in the admissions process. Admissions criteria are based on objective, rather than subjective, data.

Does my citizenship status impact me getting in the program and obtaining a license?

The college and the program follow guidelines for admission related to residency status. You may graduate from the program and not be a U.S. citizen, but you might not be eligible for a dental hygiene license, per federal laws.

In North Carolina, to obtain a license, you need to be a U.S. citizen or have resident status. If you are on an F-1 student visa or are a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program participant, you are not eligible, at this time, for licensure after graduation.

For more information on obtaining a North Carolina Dental Hygiene license, visit the State Board of Dental Examiners website.

Are courses transferred from another college accepted as transfer credit into Dental Hygiene?

Once a student is accepted into the Dental Hygiene program, transcripts are reviewed by Health Sciences Admissions to determine transfer credit.

Only courses completed at a regionally-accredited institution within the U.S., in which the student has earned a grade of “C” or better, are eligible for credit. Following the review, the student is notified of coursework that may need to be completed.

How do I change my curriculum code to Dental Hygiene?

The first step is to attend an information session on Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting. You may then schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor to make the change.

As a graduate of Wake Tech’s DA program, am I required to send my high school transcripts?

Generally, no. Transcripts are stored on microfiche in the Admissions Office; however, double check with Admissions to be certain.

Does Wake Tech have a waiting list for the Dental Hygiene program?

No, names are not placed on a wait list. Students not admitted to a program must reapply the following year and compete for a slot in the program with a new pool of applicants.

Why does Dental Hygiene have limited enrollment?

Our accreditation standards dictate that the number of students enrolled must be proportionate to the resources available to the program. Under consideration are patient supply, financial support, the size of facilities (number of clinic and lab stations), the equipment and technology available and the number of qualified faculty.