Apply to the Program

Applications for Fall 2019 are available starting July 1st and must be electronically submitted no later than midnight on December 1st, 2018.  No exceptions will be made.

Enrollment Information

Thank you for applying to the dental hygiene program. Our office is here to assist you in any way possible, but it is your responsibility to read the Important Information and follow each of the Steps to Enrollment carefully.

Please contact Michelle Kohler 303.365.8334 if you have any questions.

  • Admission to the dental hygiene program is very competitive; the number of applicants always exceeds the number of positions available. Twenty-six students are accepted each year with classes beginning full time in August (fall semester). The science and clinical base of the curriculum teaches educational, clinical, and communication skills that are required for you to become a valued member of the profession.
  • During your two years of study, the full-time program requires you to be able to attend school Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the possibility of an evening class or clinic. You are also required to attend classes in the summer between your first and second years of instruction.
  • As a student of this program, you will be encouraged to be self-directed in your learning and to establish high standards of professional and personal excellence. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail, motivation, and the ability to complete tasks within a specified timeframe. Students will also be expected to maintain their own clinical schedule and recruit patients as needed.
  • As a graduate, you are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, all dental hygiene clinical board examinations and to apply for licensure in all 50 states.

Congratulations on choosing Community College of Denver for your dental hygiene education. The dental hygiene program receives more applications each year 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, which consists of the following criteria:

  1. Required Science Prerequisites | Accounts for Possible 25 Points out of 100.
    a. Like course grades are only averaged if they were completed within two (2) years of each other. For example, CHE 109 taken in spring 2013 (grade of “C”) and retaken in fall 2013 (grade of “A”) will be averaged for an overall grade of “B.” Also, CHE 109 taken in spring 2010 (grade of “C”) and retaken in spring 2013 (grade of “A”) will result in a grade of “A.”
    b. All science courses must be current to within 7 years of when you plan to begin the program.
  2. Required General Prerequisites | Accounts for Possible 15 Points out of 100.
    a. Like course grades are only averaged if they were completed within two (2) years of each other. (See examples above.)
    b. All general prerequisites are good for a lifetime.
  3. Performance on the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam | Accounts for Possible 15 Points out of 100.
    In order to participate in this exam, you must meet our minimum science GPA of a 3.0 and minimum general GPA of a 2.5 in our required prerequisites at the end of the fall semester when you submit your application. Fall grades will be included in determining your GPA. Any prerequisite courses that will be taken in Spring after applying to the program will count as zero points in determining your GPA. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will receive a letter from the dental hygiene program inviting you to participate in this exam. You will not be able to complete this exam without your admittance letter.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation | Accounts for Possible 5 Points out of 100.
  5. Dental Hygienist Observations | Accounts for Possible 6 Points out of 100.
  6. Dental Experience | Accounts for Possible 4 Points out of 100.
    It is not required that you obtain dental experience. However, in order to receive four points, you must have one of the following: a.) a dental assisting certificate or b.) more than six months of employment at a dental office (volunteer/shadowing work does not suffice for this requirement.)
  7. Interview with the Application Committee | Accounts for Possible 25 Points out of 100.
  8. Proof of Colorado Residency | Accounts for 5 Points out of 100.

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. 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 in the above paragraphs. There is not a wait list and the applicant pool is determined on a year-by-year basis.

Disclosure Statement

Due to the large volume of applications received, we ask that you not contact our office to inquire about your application status. Each applicant will receive several notifications from our program.

  • The first notification will be via email by January 15th and will inform you on whether your application is complete or whether more information is needed.
  • The second notification will be via the self-addressed, stamped envelope and this will inform you if your application met the minimum GPA requirements and if so, directions on how to complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam.
  • The next notification will be via phone to the top 36 candidates inviting them to participate in the interview process.
  • Those applicants, not in the top 36, will be sent a letter informing them that the applicant pool is full for this academic year. If you receive this letter, you are welcome to apply in subsequent years.

Before applying, you must meet the prerequisites for this program.

  • Use the information below to determine which prerequisites you'll need to be accepted into the dental hygiene program.
  • Then, use the Prerequisite Course List to provide us with more details on the courses you have successfully complete.
  • Once complete: scan, save, and upload this document with your online application (see Step 11).

Prerequisite Information

Before applying, you must meet the prerequisites for this program.

  • Demonstration of college-level readiness in math or completion of equivalent level math course: MAT 120, 121, or 135.
  • Completion of college math course or equivalent CCPT score: MAT 120, MAT 121, MAT 135 or higher.
  • Complete dental hygiene general education prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Complete dental hygiene science education prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Courses completed during the fall semester of submission of the dental hygiene application will be included in determining your general/science GPA averages.
  • Courses to be completed during the spring semester of submission of the dental hygiene application will be counted as zero points in determining your general/science GPA averages.
  • Courses taken more than once will be averaged if taken within two years of each other.
  • Proof that you are enrolled in the course for the spring semester must be sent in along with the application.
  • All general prerequisites courses are good for a lifetime.
  • All science prerequisites are good within seven (7) years of beginning the program.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary, including email, Internet, Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.
  • Ready access to a computer is mandatory as instructors correspond via email and post notes on D2L.
  • A criminal background check and a drug screening are required upon admittance to the program. Read the Disqualifying Criminal Offenses here.
PREREQUISITE COURSES REQUIRED
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 204* Microbiology - *BIO 208 will compensate for BIO 204 4
CHE 109* General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
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
  TOTAL 28

 

Steps to Successful Enrollment

The steps listed here are a guide to assist you in the application process. Please read each step carefully. You must gather the appropriate documents (sign and saved on your computer) before you may start the online application (see Step 10). Please contact our office with any questions throughout this process. We're here to help!

Applications are available July 1st and must be received electronically by no later than midnight December 1st, 2018.

No exceptions will be made.

Step 1. Check-off List

Use this check-off list to help you keep track of your application documents. This form must be signed, dated, and uploaded to submit with your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Last Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Check Off List.

Step 2. Enroll in CCD

If you haven’t done so yet, you must be a current CCD student to enroll in the dental hygiene program. The CCD application is free. Please select Associate of Science as the degree option.

When completing the online application (see Step 10), you will be asked to provide your Student ID number. Please save your S# once you have successfully completed your CCD enrollment.

Step 3. Prerequisites

  • Use the information below to determine which prerequisites you'll need to be accepted into the dental hygiene program.
  • Then, use the Prerequisite Course List to provide us with more details on the courses you have successfully completed.
  • Once complete: scan, save, and upload this document with your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Prerequisite Course List.

Prerequisite Information

Before applying, you must meet the prerequisites for this program.

  • Demonstration of college-level readiness in math or completion of equivalent level math course: MAT 120, 121, or 135.
  • Complete dental hygiene general education prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Complete dental hygiene science education prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Courses completed during the fall semester of submission of the dental hygiene application will be included in determining your general/science GPA averages.
  • Courses to be completed during the spring semester of submission of the dental hygiene application will be counted as zero points in determining your general/science GPA averages.
  • Courses taken more than once will be averaged if taken within two years of each other.
  • Proof that you are enrolled in the course for the spring semester must be sent in along with the application.
  • All general prerequisites courses are good for a lifetime.
  • All science prerequisites are good within seven (7) years of beginning the program.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary, including email, Internet, Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.
  • Ready access to a computer is mandatory as instructors correspond via email and post notes on D2L.
  • A criminal background check and a drug screening are required upon admittance to the program. Read the Disqualifying Criminal Offenses here.
PREREQUISITE COURSES REQUIRED
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 204* Microbiology - *BIO 208 will compensate for BIO 204 4
CHE 109* General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
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
  TOTAL 28

Step 4. Observation

  • Regardless of current or past experiences, you 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 offices submitted for observations 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 online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Observation Form-1.

Step 5. Transcripts from Previous Education

  1. For each college or university attended, you must submit an unofficial transcript with your dental hygiene application. Only submit unofficial transcripts that pertain to the dental hygiene required prerequisites. When completing the online application (see Step 10), you will be asked to upload your unofficial transcript.
  2. You must also send official transcripts to Office of Registration & Records, Campus Box 201, P.O. Box 173363, Denver, CO 80217. When completing the online application (see Step 11), you will be asked if you have successfully submitted your official transcript.

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document-Name of College, e.g., Last Name-Transcript-Name of College.

Step 6. 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 of ID was issued less than one year ago, other proof of Colorado residency must be submitted. If you have questions about this, please contact Michelle Kohler.

Please have this copy ready to submit with your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Residency Status.

Step 7. References

Part of your application process is to submit two professional references. While completing the online application, we will ask you to submit the name, title, phone number, and email address of the people you would like our office to contact to complete a reference for your application. Have this information ready when you complete the online application (see Step 11).

It is your responsibility to inform the persons listed on the application that someone from the Center for Health Sciences will be reaching out to him/her via email to complete a reference for you.

Step 8. Estimate of Program Expense

Complete the estimate of program expense form. Sign, scan and upload this document to submit with your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Program Expense Form.

Step 9. Biographical Profile

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 your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Biographical Profile.

Step 10. Bloodborne Pathogens

Review, sign and date the Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Scan and upload this document to submit the form with your online application (see Step 11).

Please note: We ask that you save all of your documents before you upload with this convention: Your Name-Name of Document, e.g., Last Name-Bloodborne Pathogens.

Step 11. Complete the Online Application

Once you have gathered, completed, and saved each of the documents required for this application, you may begin and submit the Health Science's Dental Hygiene Program Application.

Should you have any questions while completing this online form, please contact our office.

Finalized Application Notification

 After you have completed the above steps and submit your completed online application, you will be emailed a notification informing you of one of the following:

  • your application is complete and the specifics of the next step, or
  • your application is incomplete and what is needed, or
  • your application does not meet the minimum qualifications.

Please note: Due to the large volume of applications received, we ask you do not contact our office inquiring about your application status. You will receive an email from us no later than January 15th, informing you if your application is complete or if we need additional information. Please wait for the arrival of this email before contacting our department.

Please Note:

Once we have determined you meet our minimum GPA requirements (minimum GPA of a 3.0 in our required science prerequisites and a minimum of a 2.5 in our required general prerequisites), you will receive a notification to take the Health Occupational Aptitude Exam. You must be invited by our department to complete this exam.

Reactivating Your Application from a Previous Year

If you have previously applied to our program within the last year and want to reactivate your application, please contact Michelle Kohler, Program Chair 303.365.8334.