Program Information

The Community College of Denver’s Dental Hygiene program is a unique blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail, motivation, and the ability to complete tasks within a specific timeframe. Through its science and clinically-based curriculum, students learn the educational, clinical, and communication skills necessary to become valued members of the profession. Dental hygiene students are strongly encouraged to be self-directed in their learning and to establish the highest standards of professional and personal excellence.

Admission to the dental hygiene program is very competitive and the number of applicants always exceeds the number of positions available. Information is provided below regarding the application review, acceptance criteria, and other information about the program.

Application Criteria and Review

Thank you for considering the Community College of Denver for your dental hygiene education. Each year, CCD’s dental hygiene program receives more applications than there are available student spaces; 26 students are accepted each year, along with 10 alternates. Admission into the program is based upon a 100 point system. 

Review the requirements and evaluation criteria.

Program Length

Students accepted into CCD’s Dental Hygiene program study full-time for two years. During the two years of study, students are required to attend school in person for all clinical courses and labs. Classroom coursework is provided through a variety of delivery methods including face-to-face/live instruction and remote online learning. Students are required to be available to attend school Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the possibility of evening class or clinic.

Once accepted into the program, students begin to study part-time during the summer session of their acceptance year. The full-time study begins in the fall of the acceptance year and continues for two years including a summer session between the first and second year of study. Students are also expected to maintain their clinical schedule and recruit patients as needed to fulfill program requirements.

Program Curriculum

The Dental Hygiene Curriculum includes two years of study. At the conclusion of study, students will earn 64 credits and have a total of 92 credits including the prerequisite courses. View the Dental Hygiene Curriculum.

Background Check and Drug Screenings

A criminal background check and drug screening are required and must be completed 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 in January once all applications have been reviewed. 

Computer Requirements

Basic computer skills are necessary including the ability to use email, the Internet, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Word.

A Windows or Mac laptop computer is mandatory as instructors correspond via email, post-critical course, and program information on D2L and deliver examinations using third-party examination monitoring software for exam security.

Limited Access

The dental hygiene program is limited to the number of students it may admit to each class based on the size of the clinical facilities. Minimum criteria are established to be eligible for placement in the applicant pool and must be met by the application deadline of December 1. Meeting the minimum criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program. Final selection will be made using the 100 point system, which takes into account the criteria listed above. There is no waitlist and the applicant pool is determined on a year-by-year basis.