Dental Hygienist - Program Admissions

The Dental Hygiene program uses a selective process and there is no wait list for this program. Completing the prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

If you are not an admitted and registered student at SCTCC, apply to SCTCC and submit official transcripts prior to completing the Dental Hygiene application. 

Dental Hygiene Program Open Application Period:

Dental Hygiene Fall semester start: 14 Dental Hygiene students

Open application period: The Dental Hygienist program open application period is December 1st through January 15th  the following year or later if the program is not filled.

 Available Program Information:

  • Review the Historical Program Applicant Data (PDF)
  • Review the available degree under the program options heading (prerequisites and degree requirements for the degree you are interested in pursuing.)
  • Maximum prerequisite retake policy: 
    • Applicants many retake 1 science and 1 general education course to raise the grade. (This is a one time only retake policy).
  • Attend a Dental Hygiene Information Meeting to receive the most current program information (Optional, not mandatory). You may reserve a seat for an informational meeting by signing up online here.  For those interested, the meeting will include a tour of the SCTCC Dental Clinic.

 Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program and Applicant Selection Process

  • If you are not an admitted student at SCTCC, you must apply to SCTCC, get accepted to SCTCC and submit official transcripts to SCTCC.  After transcripts are reviewed, then submit the Dental Hygiene program application during open application period.
  • Students are ranked in order of cumulative GPA in the completed science prerequisites and general education prerequisites.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from the prerequisite science classes and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the prerequisite general education course is required for the program. The higher the GPA, the higher the rank of the dental hygiene applicant.
  • Preference is given for students who have completed all science and general education courses at time of application (pending grades and completion dates).
  • Applicants will be ranked using the Dental Hygiene Program Point System.
  • Non-accepted applicants are encouraged to reapply during the next program application period.

Other Program Requirements / Accepted Students

  • After being accepted into the program, the 14 new students must complete 3 hours of observation in the SCTCC Dental Clinic. (Call the clinic to set up an observation time 320-308-5919). Details on dress code, forms and other pertinent information on this clinical observation will be mailed to accepted students.
  • Accepted students are required to complete 2 dental office observations in dental clinics of their choice.  The students will contact 2 dental offices and set up these observations and spend 4 hours at each office observing and interacting with the dental hygienist. Accepted students will receive documentation forms for these dental office observations.
  • Accepted students will attend a required orientation/registration session in the summer months prior to starting classes for fall semester.
  • Accepted Students will receive a list of supplies and purchases needed for starting the program upon attendance at the summer orientation/registration for new dental hygiene students.
  • Requests for test-outs for Dental Hygiene (DEHY) courses must be in writing prior to starting the dental hygiene program. Not all courses are eligible for test out.
  • Minnesota Department of Health Services background check required before starting program.
  • Prior to starting the Dental Hygiene program in August, new students will need to show proof of CPR Certification and AED training. Students may obtain their CPR credentials from either the American Heart Association CPR/AED certification at the Health Care Provider level, or the American Red Cross CPR/BLS for healthcare (with the AED training).
  • Proof of CPR training and certification must be on file in the Dental Hygiene Program prior to starting classes in fall semester of the first year.
  • Prior to the August start, accepted students are required to have a current Mantoux test (2 step), a current physical exam, proof of current eye exam (within 1 year) proof of immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and either be vaccinated against the Hepatitis B (HBV) or have started the HBV vaccine series.
  • Students who are not vaccinated against HBV must sign a release form.  *(HBV series must be completed prior to spring semester of the first year in the core dental hygiene program courses.)


Criminal Background Study:

Any individual who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed.  Results of the study are to be on file in the Dental Hygiene Program before students begin their clinical experiences.  Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences.  Therefore, the individual is ineligible to progress in the Dental Hygiene Program.

"If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid."

Criminal background studies are performed annually.  For a list of disqualifying crimes or conduct visit the MN Statues Sec. 245C.15 page: Questions and appeals should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN  55155-3824.  DHS Background Studies Unit  Phone: (651) 431-6620, Fax: (651) 296-1490.  Web address:

SCTCC Dental Clinic

The SCTCC dental clinic is located in the Health Sciences Building on the second floor. Anyone can make an appointment for a dental exam, cleaning, radiographs, fluoride treatment and many other preventive services.  Call 320-308-5919 to make an appointment. Hours vary each semester and all services are provided by students under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and licensed dentists.