• Dental Hygiene Admission Details

  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall term 2024 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.

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    The Dental Hygiene (DH) program is limited entry. You must meet certain criteria before your application will be considered. Applicants are selected through a point-based system. Currently, the program admits 18 students every fall term. Students of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, physical abilities, and cognitive differences are Welcome, добро пожаловать! Bienvenido! ยินดีต้อนรับ!

    Admissions Requirements

    Thank you for your interest in the DH program at Mt. Hood Community College! Admission decisions are based on a point system using academic and non-academic criteria. To apply for fall term 2024 admission, you must meet the requirements below by the application deadline date of January 26, 2024. Click here to learn more about how to apply.


    • Courses must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.
    • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 from all regionally accredited college institutions attended (this includes all college coursework, not prerequisites) is required.
    •  There is a one-point reduction (not to exceed 3 points maximum) each time a required chemistry and biology course is repeated within the last seven years. Audits and withdrawals do not count as repeated coursework.
    • Courses with “Z” at the end are equivalent to the same course without the “Z”.
    Course Number Course Title My Points Out of /

    REQUIRED COURSES TO APPLY: Must be completed by end of fall term, December 2023. Science (with labs) and math courses must be completed between fall term 2017 and fall term 2023.

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

    CH106 1 Biological Chemistry for Health Professions /4
    BI231 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 /4
    BI232 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 /4
    BI233 Human Anatomy & Physiology 3 /4
    BI234 Microbiology /4
    WR121Z English Composition /4

    MTH065 2

    Beginning Algebra II or higher

    No points

    Completing the supporting and additional courses below by the application deadline adds to your pre-interview points and increases applicant competitiveness.

    Point Award System: A, B or C = 2 points

    SUPPORTING COURSES REQUIRED TO START PROGRAM: If not already complete, supporting coursework must be completed by end of spring term, June 2024. Coursework does not expire.
    FN225/HE225 Nutrition /2
    PSY101 or
    PSY201 or
    PSY202 or
    PSY214 or
    Psychology Course

    Note: If you use either SOC205 or SOC206 AND select either PSY214 or PSY216 to fulfill your prerequisite requirements, then you will need to take an additional class (PSY101 or PSY201 or PSY202 or PSY237 or SOC204) to fulfill the Human Relations requirement for graduation.
    COMM100Z or
    COMM111Z or
    COMM115 or
    Speech Course /2
    WR122Z or
    WR123 or
    WR227Z 3
    Writing Course /2
    ADDITIONAL COURSE: If not already complete, can be taken prior to or during the program. Coursework does not expire.

    SOC204 or
    SOC205 or

    Sociology Course

    Note: If you use either SOC205 or SOC206 AND select either PSY214 or PSY216 to fulfill your prerequisite requirements, then you will need to take an additional class (PSY101 or PSY201 or PSY202 or PSY237 or SOC204) to fulfill the Human Relations requirement for graduation.
    Prior Degree Associate's Degree=1 or Bachelor's Degree=2 or Master's Degree=3 /3
    Residency In MHCC district=1
    (See https://mhcc.edu/District for zip code list. Points are awarded based on the address in your MHCC student record at the time of application.)
    Coursework Taken at MHCC Completion of 6 or more required, supporting, and additional courses (listed above) taken at MHCC /2
    AP/DSST/IB Coursework Completion of equivalent AP/DSST/IB for WR121=1 point /1
    Veterans Active Duty (submit JST transcript) and Honorably discharged (submit DD214) /2
    Dental Hygiene Volunteer Work 5 hours of dental public health volunteer experience completed between 1/28/2023 - 1/26/2024. (see the FAQ page for a list of approved organizations) /2
    College Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Overall GPA will be calculated from all colleges attended.

    3.60 – 4.00: 5 points, 3.20 – 3.59: 4 points, 2.80 – 3.19: 3 points, 2.50 – 2.79: 2 points


    1 For the purpose of the Dental Hygiene admission requirement only, courses listed below from the stated institution will be accepted to meet our Chemistry requirement.

    • CHEM&131 from Washington colleges
    • CH123 from Oregon State University
    • CH102 from Portland Community College
    • CH112 from Clackamas Community College
    • CH112 from MHCC between 2017 and 2019

    2 If math is completed prior to fall 2017, you must demonstrate current knowledge by placing into MTH095 through the College Placement Test (CPT). If required placement is not met, you must complete the required math by the end of fall term 2023. If required placement is met, you do not need to retake math. CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 1/26/19. Smarter Balance Assessment, High School GPA, General Educational Development (GED) scores and Self-Placement are not accepted for meeting the math placement requirement.

    3 Students must take WR122Z for 4 credits. If WR122Z is taken for 3 credits, the student must complete WR123/WR227Z.

    Additional Requirements

    There are additional requirements you must complete for applying to the DH program. These include a current resume and 10 observation hours. See the DH Application Process page for specific details.