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  • Dental Hygiene
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need to complete all prerequisites and general education courses before I apply to the Dental Hygiene program?
    When you apply to the dental hygiene program, you may have coursework in progress, as long as you are enrolled in or have taken 6 of the 8 general education requirements by February 1, you may apply.

    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 are the criteria for admission to the program?
    Selection is based on a point system. Candidates who meet all of the standard requirements in the application process will be scheduled for an interview with the admissions committee. Points awarded from the candidate’s interview and application packet will be combined and the top sixteen students with the highest points will be offered admission.

    Why do I have to take the ACT since I have already taken college level classes and/or have a college degree?
    The ACT is used in the admissions process as a screening tool to determine qualified applicants.

    Why is there a minimum of a 20 on the Reading portion of the ACT?
    We cannot overemphasize the importance of being able to evaluate, synthesize, and extract information from complex text.  Reading skills are essential to being a qualified and successful candidate.

    Is previous experience important?
    We recommend you shadow a Dental Hygienist, volunteer or work in a dental office. It is vital that you understand that this is the right career for you.

    Is there selective admission to the program?

    Is an interview required?
    Yes. 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.

    Does everyone who gets accepted have a 4.0 GPA?
    The minimum cumulative GPA to apply to the PCC Dental Hygiene Program is a 2.5. 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.

    Are vaccinations, 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 at www.ada.org 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.