I need to complete all prerequisites and general education courses before I
apply to the Dental Hygiene program?6 of the 8 general education courses must be complete by the end
of the fall semester prior to application date (February 1). The student must
have all fall grades recorded and demonstrate evidence of enrollment for the
remaining two courses in the spring semester.
Do I have to take my prerequisites at
Pueblo Community College?No. Although you do score points for taking your
general education related courses at PCC, you can take them at any accredited
college or university. You will need to
verify the transferability of courses not taken within the Colorado Community
College System with a dental hygiene advisor.
What is the criteria for admission to
Selection is based on
a point system. Points awarded from the
candidate’s interview and application packet will be combined and the top
sixteen students will be offered admission. Additional points will be received
for meeting with a PCC Dental Hygiene Advisor.
Is previous experience important?Students
are required to shadow a Dental Hygienist.
It is vital that you understand that this is the right career for you.
Is there selective
admission to the program?Yes.
Is an interview
You will be interviewed by a panel of professionals. You should dress as though
you are going to a job interview. You will be asked a variety of questions,
many of which will not have right or wrong answers. Answer as directly and as
honestly as you can. Try to relax.
If I don't get accepted
into the program will I be placed on a "waiting list" for next year? No.
We do not have a wait list. You must apply to the program every time you want
to be considered. If you are considering reapplication you must submit a letter
requesting that your file be kept open for the following year. We
recommend that you meet with a Dental Hygiene advisor to discuss areas in
which you can improve your chances for admittance.
Are letters of recommendation needed
for application?No we do
not accept letters of recommendation.
who gets accepted have a 4.0 GPA?The minimum cumulative GPA to apply to the PCC Dental
Hygiene Program is a 2.7. Good grades are important to be successful in the
program, but we look for applicants that are well-rounded—displaying high
levels of community engagement, responsibility, a strong commitment to ethical
behavior, professionalism, and a history of academic success. Remember,
the program is only as competitive as the people applying, and the people applying
change from year to year.
Based on the physical demands of the
program and profession, some health problems can impact a student’s ability to
be successful. Who should I talk to about this?It’s important to be
honest about any physical challenges you face. Make an appointment with a
dental hygiene advisor if you have specific concerns. You must sign an
essential functions form prior to entering the program.
background checks and drug screen required?Yes. Specific
information is provided at orientation once you have been accepted.
I went to jail/prison for a
misdemeanor/felony, can I still be admitted into the program?
We strongly encourage potential applicants in this situation to contact the
American Dental Association
prior to starting their prerequisites and applying to the program. Even
if you are accepted into the program, you will have to pass a drug screen and a
criminal background check before you begin the program in the fall. PCC does
have a list of disqualifying offenses that will prevent you from starting the
program. If you have a concern, please contact the program.