• Dental Hygiene Application Process & Admission Details


  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall term 2022 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.

    The Dental Hygiene (DH) program is using DHCAS (Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service) to receive applications. Applicants should thoroughly review the program application requirements at https://mhcc.edu/DHprerequisites and start the application process early to ensure all required items are received by DHCAS by the application deadline of February 11, 2022, 9 p.m.

    Accommodations- People requiring accommodations due to disability should contact the Accessible Education Services office at 503-491-6923 or aes@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 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.

    Admissions criteria, deadlines and prerequisite requirements are subject to change from year to year. The previous year's application information is posted only as a resource. It is the applicant’s responsibility to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines. New applicants as well as applicants from previous years must complete the entire application process.

    Mt. Hood Community College reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

    Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. The deadline for Fall term 2022 admission is February 11, 2022 at 9 p.m. Courses submitted for consideration must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Coursework must be completed by the end of Fall term, December 2021. Science and math courses (including labs) must be completed between Fall term 2015 and Fall term 2021. To apply, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from all regionally accredited college institutions attended (this includes all college coursework, not prerequisites).

    Prior to applying it is very important that you read through the application and admissions criteria found in this Program Prerequisites and Curriculum section.

    How to Apply

    1.  Admission to MHCC

    Apply for General Admission to MHCC if you are new to MHCC or not have attended in the last four (4) terms. Select AGS in Health Professions as your major. Please note it could take 1-2 business days to receive your MHCC ID number. 

    2.  MHCC-DH Application Fee ($35)

    Pay the $35 MHCC-DH non-refundable application fee. You will need to upload your payment receipt to submit with your DHCAS application. 

    3.  DHCAS Application ($50)

    Create a DHCAS account and submit all application materials for your DHCAS application. The fee to apply to DHCAS is $50. The DHCAS application has four quadrants for entering your information. You are encouraged to build your application ASAP as it will take some time to complete all quadrants in time to meet the application deadline.

    Important Note: There are many questions in the quadrants that are DHCAS specific. Your responses to these questions will not be used by MHCC for admission processing and evaluation. All applicants will be evaluated strictly based on application information found on the MHCC DH web pages.

    The four quadrants where you will enter information in DHCAS are listed below:

    • Personal Information: Includes biographic and contact information, citizenship, gender, race and ethnicity, background information, etc. Some questions are optional. Dental Hygiene Program Diversity and Inclusion: The program seeks to build a diverse community of learners and invites applicants across the spectrum of diversity to apply and enter the program.
    • Academic History: Includes standardized tests, high school and college information. You will need to enter your course information (term, year, course number, title, credits and grades, etc.) from each college/university for meeting the academic prerequisite coursework. It is recommended that you have an unofficial copy of your transcripts readily available. When selecting your courses for the academic prerequisite coursework, choose the courses that best demonstrate your academic success. MHCC does not require you to enter standardized tests for the DHCAS application.
    • Supporting Information: If applicable to you, enter your licensures and certifications here. MHCC does not require you to enter Observation Hours, Experiences and Achievements. Skip these sections.
    • Program Materials: Includes MHCC prerequisite courses (see Academic Prerequisite Coursework below) and specific program questions. This is where you will identify your courses to match our required prerequisite coursework.

    Please note that DHCAS is the only way to apply to this program. No mailed or printed documents will be accepted by the MHCC Admissions, Registration and Records office or DH faculty/MHCC staff. Application notifications will be sent via the email account you designate in DHCAS.

    4. Academic Prerequisite Coursework

    Prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of the fall term prior to the application deadline. Science and math courses must be completed between Fall term 2015 and Fall term 2021. Learn more at https://mhcc.edu/DHprerequisites.

    5. College Transcript Requirements

    All transcripts, including MHCC transcripts, need to be submitted to DHCAS, NOT to MHCC.

    Send your official transcripts from every regionally accredited college/university attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age, to DHCAS. Applications will not be considered without all official transcripts submitted to DHCAS.  DO NOT send your transcripts to MHCC. Transcripts must be official (sealed in an envelope) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Information for ordering your transcripts via secure electronic delivery service or US mail delivery will be provided in your DHCAS application. Transcripts must be received by DHCAS no later than February 11, 2022, 9 p.m. This includes your MHCC transcript.

    If you’re finishing prerequisites in Fall term, wait until grades are posted before requesting transcripts. Otherwise, complete this step as soon as possible. Follow the instructions in the DHCAS application.

    • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required.
    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
    • AP, CLEP or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for meeting the writing admission requirement and must be issued directly from College Board or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives) and sent directly to DHCAS.
    • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline to DHCAS. For more information specific to MHCC, visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and the 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.
    • MHCC transcript: Your MHCC transcript must be sent to DHCAS if you took classes at MHCC.  

    6. Resume Requirement

    All applicants must submit a current resume to DHCAS. Resumes should include both related and unrelated work experience along with any volunteer information and dates. Please note, only volunteer work not older than 2017 will qualify for point awarding. College coursework completed at a college without regional accreditation will not be considered for admissions or graduation requirements; however, it may be used toward proof of related education/experience. For assistance with your resume, contact the Career Planning and Counseling Center at 503-491-7432.

    7. Dental Hygiene Volunteer Work (Optional)

    To receive additional points and increase your competitiveness, applicants who completed five (5) hours of public health volunteer experience between 1/16/2021 – 2/11/2022 must submit official documentation certifying this work to DHCAS. Official documentation must include verification of dental hygiene volunteer hours, be on company letterhead, and signed by the supervisor. A certificate supplied by the dental hygiene program to volunteers at program partnership events is also an acceptable form of documentation.

    Approximate Admissions Processing Timeline*

    Date Details
    Summer 2021 Application information available on web.
    February 11, 2022
    9 p.m.

    Application deadline. All materials due to DHCAS by 9 p.m. No postmark date allowed. No Exceptions. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admissions.

    Late March 2022 Interview invitations emailed (up to 50 applicants, may vary in the event that two or more applicants’ scores cluster at the cut-off point).
    Late April 2022 Interviews held with program faculty.
    Students can visit www.mhcc.edu/cpcc to sign up for interview preparation tips or practice online at https://mhcc.edu/standout.
    May 2022

    Notifications of interview results are emailed.

    The top 18 applicants are accepted into the program. The next 18 qualified applicants are placed onto the alternate list. Alternates are offered a position in the class if any of the first 18 applicants decline a position in the program.
    September 26, 2022 Fall term classes begin
    *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. Any changes to the processing timeline will be updated here immediately.

    Interview

    The approximate top 50 scoring applicants will be invited to attend an interview with program faculty and other applicants.

    Points earned prior to the interview do not carry forward to the interview. All applicants start at zero points during the interview phase.

    At the time of the interview, program faculty will look at the applicant's resume and work experience. Applicants will be asked to respond in writing to several questions, participate in a group activity, and an individual interview with Dental Hygiene Faculty. If COVID-19 restrictions are no longer applicable at the time of interviews, a tour of the Dental Hygiene facility will follow.

    Application Facts

    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Minimum Interview Points Needed Average GPA of Admitted Class Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    2021 73 62 11 33 3.43 Missing prerequisites, missing transcripts, expired test scores, missing application fee payment.
    2020 79 70 9 33 3.69 Missing prerequisites, missing transcript(s), observation form, cumulative GPA below required minimum.
    2019 90 74 16 32 3.49 Missing resume, missing observation form(s), missing coursework (i.e., writing, math, A&P, chemistry, wrong chemistry series/combination), missing transcripts from all institutions attended, cum gpa too low

    Reasons for Admission Disqualification- Withholding information or giving untruthful information 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.