• Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisites & Curriculum


  • The following information includes the current prerequisite courses for the Dental Hygiene program for Fall term 2020 admission. The information below is subject to change; it is the student's responsibility to verify completion of appropriate prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to address further questions about the program and/or requirements to MHCC’s Academic Adviser at the Academic Advising and Transfer Center. It is highly recommended that students meet with the adviser when selecting prerequisite courses for a Health Professions Limited and Restricted Entry Program.

    All prerequisite transfer courses are subject to review by the MHCC Admissions and Transcript Evaluator to determine transfer equivalency. All courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better. Science courses must be taken with labs.

    Point Award System: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points

    Repeated Coursework: There will be a one-point reduction each for every required and supporting chemistry and biology course that is repeated within the last seven years. Audits and withdrawals do not count as repeated coursework.

    Course Number Course Title My Points Out of /
    REQUIRED COURSEWORK TO APPLY: Must be completed by end of Fall term, December 2019. Science and math courses cannot be completed prior to Fall term 2013.
    CH112 1 OR CH106 Chemistry for Health Professions OR General, Organic & Biological Chemistry /4
    BI231 Anatomy & Physiology 1 /4
    BI232 Anatomy & Physiology 2 /4
    BI233 Anatomy & Physiology 3 /4
    BI234 Microbiology /4
    WR121 English Composition /4

    MTH065 2

    Beginning Algebra II or higher

    No points
    Completion of supporting coursework by the application deadline adds to the applicant’s pre-interview points and increases applicant competitiveness. These courses are also subject to the Point Award System.
    SUPPORTING COURSEWORK REQUIRED TO START PROGRAM: Must be completed by end of Spring term, June 2020, if courses have not yet been taken. Coursework does not expire.
    FN225 Nutrition /2
    PSY101 or
    PSY201 or
    PSY202 or
    PSY214 or
    PSY216
    Psychology Elective
    Psychology Course /2
    COMM100 or
    COMM111 or
    COMM115 or
    COMM218
    Speech Elective
    Speech Course /2
    WR122 or
    WR123 or
    WR227 3
    Writing Course /2
    ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK: Can be completed in or prior to starting the program.

    SOC204 or
    SOC205 or
    SOC206
    Sociology Elective

    Sociology Course /2
    DISCRETIONARY POINTS
    Prior Degree Associate's Degree=1 or Bachelor's Degree=2 or Master's Degree=3 /3
    Residency In MHCC district=1, out of MHCC district=0 /1
    Required Coursework Taken at MHCC Completion of required and supporting coursework at MHCC /2
    AP/CLEP/IB Coursework Completion of direct program/admissions requirement courses via AP/CLEP/IB. Applicants can earn 1 point for every required preprogram or required in program class completed via AP/CLEP/IB. /No Limit
    Veterans Active Duty (submit JST transcript) and Honorably discharged (submit DD214) /2
    Dental Hygiene Volunteer Work 5 hours in last year of dental public health volunteer experience (see the FAQ page for a list of approved organizations) /2
    CUMULATIVE COLLEGE GRADE POINT AVERAGE: Overall grade point average will be calculated from all colleges attended.  
    GPA Points /5
    3.60 – 4.00 5  
    3.20 – 3.59 4  
    2.80 – 3.19 3  
    2.50 – 2.79 2  

    1 CH112 will not be accepted for admission starting in Fall 2022. It also may not satisfy other school’s prerequisites or degree requirements. Students planning to apply to another dental hygiene program or pursue a bachelor’s degree should check their transfer school’s requirements. For the purpose of the Dental Hygiene admission requirement only, courses listed below from the stated institution can be accepted to meet our Chemistry requirement. All courses in the Chemistry series must be completed.

    • CHEM& 121 and CHEM& 131 from Washington colleges
    • CH121/CH122/CH123 from Oregon State University
    • CH102 from Portland Community College
    • CH112 from Clackamas Community College

    2 If math is completed prior to Fall 2013, applicants have the option to demonstrate current knowledge through the College Placement Test (CPT) placing into MTH095. If required placement level is not met, applicants must complete the required math course by the end of Fall 2019. If required placement is met, applicant does not need to retake math.

    3Students must take WR122 for 4 credits. If WR122 is taken for 3 credits, the student must complete WR123/WR227.

    *Mt. Hood Community College Placement Test (CPT)

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test given on a walk-in basis. For more information visit: https://www.mhcc.edu/TestingServices.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 1/17/15. If it is older, the CPT will need to be taken again
    • Mt. Hood Community College uses Accuplacer as our placement test. If you took this test at another school, or if you took a COMPASS test since 1/17/15, please have that school email a copy of your score report to Testing Services at testing@mhcc.edu. Placement test scores do not appear on your transcript. For more information contact the testing center: https://www.mhcc.edu/TestingServices.

    Transcript Requirements

    • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 on their official college transcripts (this includes all college coursework, not just prerequisites).
    • Transcripts from every college attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age, must be included for an application to be complete. Applications will not be considered without all official transcripts on file at MHCC before the deadline. Transcripts must be official (sealed in an enveloped) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu – this includes non-regionally accredited colleges. Additionally, official AP, CLEP or IB transcripts/scores must be submitted if courses are to be used for admission requirements (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives).
    • Do NOT include an MHCC transcript.
    • Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy. Courses may be in progress at the time of application submission but an updated transcript showing posted grades for the required coursework for Fall term 2019 and prior terms must be received by the application deadline.
    • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential service if courses are to be used for meeting admission/degree requirements. For more information visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and our process could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.