• Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program


  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2017 admission. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year.

    Prior to applying it is very important that you read through the application and admissions criteria found in the Admission Details section. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to be informed of requirements as criteria can change from year to year.

    Accommodations - The application must be filled out by hand and submitted, along with supporting documents and payment to Mt. Hood Community College’s Admissions, Registration and Records Office, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham OR 97030. People requiring accommodations due to disability should contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or dsoweb@mhcc.edu.

    Admission of all students is centralized in the Admissions, Registration and Records office. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program. The Admissions, Registration and Records office has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria and has the sole authority to inform students of their admission status.

    The Admissions Evaluator has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria. If you have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please email LRadmissions@mhcc.edu.  

    Need assistance making sure your application is complete? Meet with admissions during Open Hours, mhcc.edu/LRQA.

    Reasons for Admission Disqualification - Withholding information or giving untruthful answers to questions on the program application could be cause for non‐acceptance or dismissal from the program. Students who were admitted and then failed a required course or were dismissed from the program or any other health related program may be denied admission into the program.

    If you have a criminal history, we strongly encourage potential applicants to call the program director at 503-491-7128 and/or the Oregon Board of Dentistry at 971-673-3200 and inquire about whether or not licensure is possible in your situation. It is often handled on a case-by-case basis at the time of licensing application, so do not wait until you have completed your education only to find that you may be ineligible for licensure, which is required for employment.

    Application Reopen Disclosure - In the event of an insufficient applicant pool, applicants that have already gone through the interview process (within the same application year) are not allowed to reapply should the program reopen. Applicants may reapply during the application cycle for the following year.

    Previous Admission - Applicants who were previously accepted into the program and then declined acceptance or withdrew may not be given priority consideration in subsequent applications. Individuals will need to re‐apply to the program and will be required to meet the current program admission requirements and program standards. Materials cannot be brought forward from previous applications for a current application. Updated official transcripts are required only if new courses have been taken.

    Approximate Admissions Processing Timeline *
    Date Details
    July 2017

    Application available on web.

    Applicants may begin submitting completed applications to the program.
    January 19, 2018 Application due in the Admissions Office by 5 pm (no exceptions). Postmark date not accepted.
    March 2018 Interview invitations emailed (top 40 applicants only)
    April 2018
    Interviews held: Orientation with program faculty. The top 40 scoring applicants will be invited to attend a professional group selection orientation session with program faculty and other applicants. Applicants will be asked to respond in writing to several questions, participate in a group activity, and an individual interview with Dental Hygiene Faculty. A tour of the Dental Hygiene facility will follow. Written responses will be evaluated for neatness, legibility, grammar, spelling, and content.
    April 2017

    Notifications of interview results are emailed.

    The top 18 applicants are accepted into the program with the next 22 applicants placed onto the alternate list.
    *Please note, dates are subject to change. We ask that you DO NOT inquire about the status of your application while processing is taking place to help expedite the evaluation process.
    Application Facts
    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Minimum Interview Points Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    2017 97 78 19 32 Missing resume, missing incorrect faculty evaluation form(s), missing coursework (i.e., writing, math, A&P, chemistry, wrong chemistry series/combination), missing transcripts from all institutions attended
    2016 76 64 12
    34 Missing proof of academic completion, no reading course/expired/invalid CPT score, missing application fee.
    2015 68 54 14 Not Available No reading course/expired/invalid CPT score, missing observation form, math course is outdated, missing transcripts.