Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a dental hygienist.

Applications to the Dental Hygiene Program  Applications for fall 2022 will be accepted between September 1, 2021, and December 1, 2021. Do you have questions about the application process and want to learn about how to apply? RSVP to attend our Dental Hygiene Application Q&A Webinar on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to register and receive the meeting link

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Dental Hygiene application requires the completion of 8 prerequisite classes and several supplemental documents that you'll need to prepare before you start to apply. Review the information below to learn more about how to prepare for the dental hygiene program and what documents you will need to submit with your application to the AAS Dental Hygiene program.

As you prepare your documents, please save and name all documents for submission using the following format: Last Name – Document Name. For example, Smith -  Prerequisite Course List.

All documents must be saved as a PDF for submission.

Completion of Program Prerequisites

Before application, all applicants must complete the following courses. A minimum Science GPA of 3.0 must be achieved as well as a minimum General Education GPA of 2.5. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall application semester. 

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better required. Courses must be taken within 7 years of the start of the Program.

BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 204* Microbiology  4
CHE 109* General, Organic & Biochemistry -*CHE 101 and 102 will compensate for CHE 109 4

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better required. Courses good for a lifetime.

ENG 121* English Composition - *ENG 122 will compensate for ENG 121" 3
PSY 101* General Psychology I - *PSY 102, 226, 235, or 240 will compensate for PSY 101 3
SOC 101* Introduction to Sociology - *ANT101, SOC 102 or 218 will compensate for SOC 101 3
COM 115* Public Speaking - *COM 125 or 126 will compensate for COM 115 3
  • Determine course placement in math (for criteria, see or completion of equivalent level math course: MAT 120, 121, or 135.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of all transcripts containing prerequisites and use the Prerequisite Course List to provide us with details about your complete courses. If you are completing prerequisites during the fall application semester, proof that you are enrolled in the course must be submitted with your application by submitting an unofficial transcript copy indicating the course is in progress.  
  • Once the form is complete: scan, save and prepare to submit with your other supplemental application documents. 

Note: Courses taken more than once will be averaged if taken within two years of each other. 

Completion of Dental Hygienist Observations or Interviews

Dental Hygiene Observation or Dental Hygienist Interview

Choose one option below and use the instructions provided to complete this application. A combination of observations and interviews will not be accepted to complete this step.

  • Regardless of current or past experiences, all applicants are required to observe at least three (3) separate dental hygienists (not dentists) for a minimum of four (4) hours each (total of 12 hours).
  • You must observe three different hygienists and we encourage you to have these observations occur at three separate offices.
  • Please be aware that offices submitted for observation hours will be contacted for verification.
  • After your observation is complete, all signatures and other pertinent information must be filled out on the Dental Hygiene Observation form.
  • Please scan the three signed copies of this form and submit each separately with your supplemental application documents.

Dental Hygienist Interview Instructions

  • If you are unable to complete the observations, conduct an interview using the attached format with two (2) separate dental hygienists (not dentists). All questions on the Dental Hygienist Interview form must be asked and a recording of each interview must be submitted separately (max file size: 100 MB). Applicants must also submit a typewritten summary of the interview using the form provided.
  • Please submit a copy of each summary separately with your supplemental application documents.

Residency Status

If requesting Colorado residency status, you must scan, upload, and submit a copy of your Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado State Identification Card. If the license or ID was issued less than one year ago, other proof of Colorado residency must be submitted. 

Please have this copy ready to submit with your supplemental application documents.

Previous Dental Experience

Dental assisting experience is not required for the Dental Hygiene program. However, applicants with prior dental assisting experience may provide documentation of their education or paid experience for consideration. Please provide either a copy of your dental assisting certificate and documentation of six months of employment in a dental office in the role of chairside or hygiene assistant or documentation of paid employment for six months or longer as a chairside or hygiene dental assistant. Dental employers should provide a letter on official letterhead documenting the individual’s duties and length of employment. The letter should be signed by the employer, scanned, and submitted with your supplemental application documents.

Estimate of Program Expenses

Complete the estimate of program expense form. Sign, scan and upload this document to submit with your online application.


Applicants to the dental hygiene program must submit the names and contact information (phone number and email address) for two individuals willing to complete a reference form for the applicant. Individuals asked to provide a reference will be contacted by the Dental Hygiene department to complete the reference form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with individuals providing a reference to confirm completion. Please allow up to 14 days (2 weeks) from application submission for the reference to be contacted.

Biographical Profile Essay

Complete the biographical profile.

Biographical Profiles will be evaluated and scored as part of the interview process. Please sign, scan, and upload this document to submit with the typewritten profile with your supplemental application documents.

Bloodborne Pathogens Notice

Review, sign and date the Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Scan and upload this document to submit the form with your supplemental application documents.

Advising questions, please contact Daniela Higgins

Application questions, please contact Voletha Bradley

Dental Hygiene Program Chair, Mary-Catherine Dean

After you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive an email notification informing you of one of the following:

  • your application is complete and the specifics of the next step, or
  • your application does not meet the minimum qualifications to move forward, or
  • Your application is incomplete, you will be notified of outstanding items. NOTE: this may delay the review process and the consideration of your application.

Please note: Due to the large volume of applications received, please allow a minimum of 14 days for our office to contact via email. If you have not been contacted, please reach out to our application reviewer, Voletha Bradley, to determine that the application has been received by our office. 

Please Note:

The final application review will occur in December. Once we have determined you meet the minimum GPA requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0 in our required Science prerequisites and a minimum of 2.5 in our required General Education prerequisites), you will receive a notification to take the Health Occupational Aptitude Exam and complete the required background check and drug screening. You must be invited by our department to complete these next steps.

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Send questions you may have to the dental hygiene program chair, Mary-Catherine Dean