Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

Please note that this application requires a CCD S Number to access; you must have already applied to and been accepted by the Community College of Denver and have a current S Number to apply.  The application is only open between August and December of every year. These materials are for reference and are subject to change.

We look forward to reviewing applications beginning August 1, 2023 through December 1, 2023.

Apply to CCD if you are not a current student.

  •, click on the “Future Student” link, “Apply to CCD Today,” then “Apply Now”
  • Declare your “major.” 

Please read all application instructions and information to ensure your application is complete. 

We encourage you to download the application checklist and ensure that you have all your materials gathered prior to starting the online application.  Once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email for your records in case of problems with the application process.

  • Application Check List (please ignore the directive to change your program of study to AGS)
  • Prerequisite Course List Form
  • Dental Hygienist Interview Form (two interviews required)
  • Register for and take ATDH (Admission Test for Dental Hygiene)
  • Biographical Profile*
  • Estimated Program Expenses Form (only available during application window)
  • Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Form
  • Written Prompt Response* - Applicants will choose ONE of the following prompts and provide a typewritten 500-word response using 12 pt. font and 1-inch margins. The writing sample will be evaluated for content, organization, language use, structure, grammar, and mechanics. We feel it is important for individuals to provide a written response to assess the individual’s writing skills and ability to communicate effectively, as this is important in practice and as a dental hygiene professional.
    • Prompt 1: Conflict Resolution Describe a situation in which you were in direct conflict with someone – a colleague, patient, or fellow student. Address your feelings at the time, how they impacted the situation, and how you were able to resolve the conflict.

    • Prompt 2: Community Service Activity & Summary Describe your participation in a minimum of two volunteer activities, demonstrating at least 4 hours of active involvement for each session. Describe your experiences and the impact on you personally. 


*Writing Sample and Biosketch Rubric

The Community College of Denver’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene program is designed for those who wish to become a dental hygienist. It is a unique blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail, motivation to succeed, and the ability to complete tasks within a specific timeframe. Through its science and clinic-based curriculum, students learn the educational, clinical, and communication skills necessary to become a valued member of the dental team.

Applications to the Dental Hygiene Program are accepted once a year between August and December. One class is accepted each year, and study begins part-time in the summer semester following application and acceptance. The full-time study begins during the fall semester following application and continues for five semesters.

To see how each application is evaluated, visit our Application Review section to learn more.

All applicants must complete a criminal background check and drug screening before being offered an opportunity to interview for the program. Applicants who meet the minimum GPA criteria will be provided information on how to complete this step once all applications have been received and reviewed. 

Have Questions? Connect with Us!

Need further assistance? Please contact one of the following individuals to assist you with your specific question or concerns:

  • For general info about CCD and application to the college, contact Admissions.
  • If you are a current CCD student needing help for prerequisite classes, make an appointment with your Academic Advisor using Navigate or contact Academic Advising.
  • For application help, including submission of supplemental items, contact Voletha Bradley, the application reviewer.
  • With questions about the Dental Hygiene Program or its application, contact Rebecca McGruder, CCD Dental Hygiene program director.