• Dental Hygiene Application Process & Admission Details

  • 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 are subject to change from year to year. The previous year's application information is posted only as a resource. Prerequisite requirements are reviewed annually for each new application year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines as they may change from year to year. 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 2021 admission is January 15, 2021 at 5 pm. 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 2020. Science and math courses (including labs) must be completed between Fall term 2014 and Fall term 2020.

    Accommodations- The application must be hand signed 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 Accessible Education Office at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu.

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

    Approximate Admissions Processing Timeline*

    Date Details
    Summer 2020 Application available on web.
    Applicants may begin submitting completed applications to the program.
    January 15, 2021

    Application due in the Admissions Office by 5 pm (no exceptions). Postmark date not accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admissions. Please check the College's homepage for potential inclement weather closures.

    Submit application in a large envelope.

    February/March 2021 Interview invitations emailed (up to 50 applicants, may vary in the event that two or more applicants’ scores cluster at the cut-off point).
    April 2021 Interviews held with program faculty. The approximate top 50 scoring applicants will be invited to attend a professional group selection 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. If COVID-19 restrictions are no longer applicable at the time of interviews, a tour of the Dental Hygiene facility will follow. Written responses will be evaluated for neatness, legibility, grammar, spelling, and content.
    April/May 2021

    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 20, 2021 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.


    • 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.

      Resumes should include both related and unrelated work experience along with any volunteer information and dates. 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. Please note, only volunteer work not older than 2016 will qualify for point awarding.

    Application Facts

    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Minimum Interview Points Needed Average GPA of Admitted Class Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    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
    2018 104 93 11 35 3.44 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

    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.