• Dental Hygiene Application Process

  • Prior to applying, it is a very important that you read the Admission Details for the year you plan to apply since admissions criteria, deadlines and prerequisites, are subject to change from year to year. The previous year’s application information is posted only as a resource. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines for the application year they are applying.

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

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

    Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. The deadline for Fall term 2023 admission is January 27, 2023 at 5 p.m. 

    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 non-refundable application fee. You will need to upload your payment receipt to submit with your application. 

    3. Academic Prerequisite Coursework

    Courses submitted for consideration must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Coursework must be completed by the end of Fall term, December 2022. Science and math courses (including labs) must be completed between Fall term 2016 and Fall term 2022. 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). Learn more at https://mhcc.edu/DHAdmissionDetails.

    4. College Transcript Requirements

    Official transcripts from every regionally accredited college/university attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age must be received no later than January 27, 2023 by 5 p.m. If you’re finishing prerequisites in Fall term, wait until grades are posted before requesting transcripts. Otherwise, complete this step as soon as possible. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you  applied  through DHCAS in 2022, you must submit official transcripts for non-MHCC institutions.

    Transcripts must be issued directly by the institution from which the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) via secure electronic delivery service may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu. E-transcripts cannot be sent from the student to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting transcripts by mail, send to:

    Mt. Hood Community College – Dental Hygiene Application
    Admissions, Registration and Records
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Gresham OR 97030

    • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required from all institutions attended.
    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
    • AP, DSST or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for meeting the writing admission requirement and must be issued directly from College Board, DSST or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives) and sent directly to MHCC.
    • 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 for the program. For more information, 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: Not required, already on file. 

    5. Resume Requirement

    All applicants must upload a current resume to submit with your application. Resumes should include observation hours, volunteer, academic, work (include related and non-related work) and leadership experience you may have along with specific dates, facility/location and frequency for all work/volunteer/observation experience. To qualify for point awarding and increase your competitiveness if invited to an interview,

    • volunteer work that is not dental hygiene related cannot be older than 2018;
    • dental hygiene observation must be completed between 2/12/2022 – 1/27/2023 in specific services of a dental setting (i.e., filling/injection/local anesthesia/radiograph, periodontal evaluation, dental examination, oral cancer screening examination, etc.).  

    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.

    6. 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 2/12/2022 – 1/27/2023 must submit official documentation certifying this work. 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. Upload the document to your application. 

    Approximate Admissions Processing Timeline*

    Date Details
    Summer 2022 Application information available on web.
    September 19, 2022  Applicants may begin submitting applications to the program. 
    January 27, 2023 at 
    5 p.m.

    Application deadline. All materials due to MHCC by 5pmPostmark date or online submission timestamp after the stated timeline are not accepted, no exceptions. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admissions.

    March 2023 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 2023 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 2023

    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 25, 2023 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.


    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.

    During the interview phase, program faculty will look at the applicant's resume including observation hours, volunteer, academic, work and leadership experience. Applicants will be asked to respond in writing to several questions and will have an individual interview with Dental Hygiene Faculty. Your attention to detail/ability to follow directions and logical reasoning skills will be evaluated during the interview phase. If COVID-19 restrictions are no longer applicable at the time of interviews, a tour of the Dental Hygiene facility will follow. 

    Admission Disclosures

    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.

    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 or if you applied last year through DHCAS.

    Application Statistics

    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Minimum Interview Points Needed Average GPA of Admitted Class Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    2022 98   85  13  35  3.62 Missing prerequisites, missing transcripts
    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.