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Yearly Admissions Process

The Dental Hygiene application deadline is January 31, 2015. Therefore all applications must be received by January 31, 2015. Please submit your application to the Allied Health Department, Attention: Vincent Cocozza, Union Hall, Room 577.

It is the established policy of Columbus State Community College and the Dental Hygiene Program not to discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Health records must be in order prior to the student's enrollment into the Dental Hygiene Program.

Spring Semester: Accepted students begin the health record process. This is considered the pre-enrollment period. They also must attend a new student program orientation session held in June.

Accepted students must start to collect and submit their health records including physicals, health insurance forms, and immunizations to Columbus State’s Health Records Office. Accepted students will be required to undergo drug testing, complete the “Health Care Provider” CPR training, and submit a BCI and FBI background check prior to starting the program. Please note that it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete all of the health requirements and background checks. Therefore, these tasks should be started immediately.

Student Success

The graduation rate from the dental hygiene program is 91%

The licensure examination success rate for the last 8 years on the 1st attempt for the National Boards is 100%.

The ADEX DH (clinical examination) success rate for the last 2 years on the 1st attempt is 93%.

Admitted Students

Subsequent to application or admission to the Dental Hygiene program, Columbus State Community College requires the self- reporting of the following regardless of state or country of occurrence: felony conviction, conviction of a crime involving violence, conviction of a crime involving harm to others, or conviction of a crime involving a weapon. Any plea bargains associated with any of the previously listed crimes are also required to be reported. The College can and may deny continued enrollment depending upon the nature and circumstances of the crime in question.

Furthermore, the Ohio State Dental Board can and may deny Dental Hygiene licensure to anyone with a felony conviction.

Specific Program Admission Criteria & Requirements Information

1. Admissions Criteria/Requirements

  • The Dental Hygiene Program is a rigorous competency-based program of study. All admission courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.
  • Applications for admission to the program will be evaluated based on completion of admission requirements, Biology pre-requisite grades, and general and basic education grades. Students who have completed additional required courses will receive benefit during consideration based on courses and grades completed. Students who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree will receive credit in the admissions process. A Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee makes final decisions of accepted students.
  • Placement testing (All placement testing deficiencies must be corrected by application deadline):
    • Math Skills: Placement into MATH 1148 - College Algebra or completion of MATH 1075.
    • Writing Skills: Placement into ENGLISH 1100 - Freshman Composition.
    • Reading Skills: Place out of reading course requirement or completion of DEV 0145. Even if a student has transfer credits for ENGL 1100 from another college, they must still take the reading placement test unless they already have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.
  • College Prerequisite Course(s): Students applying to the Dental Hygiene program must complete with a grade “C” or better in the following courses:
    • BIO 2300 - Human Anatomy
    • BIO 2232 - Human Physiology
    • CHEM 1113 - Elements of Organic Biochemistry
  • Completion of the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) is required for admission to Dental Hygiene.  Applicants have one attempt to complete the HOBET per application year.  The HOBET is a computerized, timed exam which evaluates academic and social skills. Math and reading skills will be evaluated for the application process; however, the HOBET must be completed in its entirety.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the HOBET study guide in preparation for taking the test.  The study guide is available at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, or for purchase in the bookstore. To register to take the HOBET, contact the Testing and Talent Assessment Center (614) 287-5750.  The HOBET will cost approximately $50.00 payable at the Cashier’s Office in Rhodes Hall. On the day of the test, bring a picture ID and your paid receipt with you to the Testing and Talent Assessment  Center.  See campus map on-line at the CSCC web site for location.  You must inform the Testing and Talent Assessment Center that you are a Dental Hygiene applicant.  The staff in the Testing and Talent Assessment Center will NOT advise you or discuss your results with you.  The results of your HOBET will be mailed to you.  You MUST complete the HOBET by no later than January 13th in order for the Dental Hygiene program to receive your results by the application deadline of January 31st.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule the HOBET as soon as possible as scheduled testing times fill very quickly.
  • Achievement of a minimum overall GPA of 2.95 on a 4-point scale based upon the last 12 credit hours at the college most recently attended.

2. Students may complete other General Education (G) and Basic-Related (B) courses with a grade of “C” or better during the admissions process. (See Plan of Study).

3. Required Documentation to be submitted to the Columbus State Community College Admissions/Records and Registration Office:

  • Final official high school transcript (sent directly by the high school to Columbus State’s Records Office) verifying date of graduation OR General Education Development (GED) test results with a minimum average standard score of 45 and a minimum of 35 in each subject.
  • Official transcripts from other college(s) attended (sent directly by the other college(s) to Columbus State’s Records Office). A photocopy of all previous college transcripts MUST be included with your dental hygiene application as well.
  • Application to Columbus State (if not a current student). Note: Students MUST apply to Columbus State Community College before they can apply to the Dental Hygiene program.
  • International Students: See section 4-G

4. Required Documentation to be submitted to the Dental Hygiene Program......Note: We will only accept your application IF it is included as part of your application packet. You must initial the Dental Hygiene Application Packet Checklist indicating that ALL items are included in the packet. If ALL items are not included in the packet, your application will not be considered. Items to be included in the packet (must be returned in Columbus State envelope given to you at the mandatory information session) are:

  • Dental Hygiene Program Application: This is distributed ONLY at the mandatory Information sessions. (Yellow form)
  • Dental Hygienist Observation Form: This is distributed ONLY at the Information sessions and must be submitted with the official Dental Hygiene Program Application. It is NOT acceptable to observe a dentist rather than a dental hygienist. (Green form)
  • Copy of final high school transcript verifying date of graduation OR General Education Development (GED) test results. (NOTE: If you have been out of high school for more than three (3) years, you do not need to provide the Dental Hygiene program with a copy of your high school transcript. You do, however, need to provide Columbus State Records Office with an official high school transcript).
  • Copy of transcripts from other college(s) attended. When you contact your other college(s) to request that your official transcript be sent to Columbus State’s Records Office, you must also request that your other college(s) send you a copy of your transcript. You must then provide the Dental Hygiene program with your copy of your transcript.
  • COMPASS Placement test results.
  • Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) results.
  • International Students:
    As well as submitting the above information, international students must also submit foreign high school AND college transcripts to one of the following transcript evaluation agencies.
    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or
    World Education Services,

DEADLINE for submission to transcript evaluation agency: October 30th. (Cost of transcript evaluation is the responsibility of the student.) Please ask the agency to send one copy of the completed evaluation directly to Columbus State’s Admissions Office (Madison Hall, 550 E. Spring Street, P.O. Box 1609, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1609) and one copy to you. You must then provide the Dental Hygiene program with your copy of the completed evaluation.

The transcript evaluation MUST include a “Course-by-Course” evaluation which shows equivalent credit for the following courses and shows course grade and GPA equivalent:

__________ BIO 2300 Human Anatomy equivalent at Columbus State

__________ BIO 2232 Human Physiology equivalent at Columbus State

__________ CHEM 1113 Elements of Organic and biochemistry equivalent at Columbus State
__________ Placement into ENGL 1100 (Freshman Composition)

__________ Placement into MATH 1148 or completion of MATH 1075.

__________ Place out of reading requirements or completion of DEV 0145.

5. Other Application Requirements:

  • Attendance at a Dental Hygiene Information Session:
    All applicants are required to attend a mandatory Dental Hygiene Information Session the year of application. Sessions are held during summer and autumn.
  • Observation of a dental hygienist at work in an office, clinic or other dental hygiene setting within the year of application is required. Twenty hours of observation must be documented on the observation form and must be co-signed by the supervising dentist and the dental hygienist. Complete information regarding documentation will be available at the Mandatory Information session. The observation form is also obtained at an Information session. (If a student is re-applying to the program, the observation must have occurred within 18 months of the application deadline.)
  • Students who have attended other colleges must have their official transcripts sent to Records and Registration where the transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. This must be completed BEFORE submitting the Dental Hygiene application packet. If you are not currently a Columbus State student, you must submit a Columbus State College application prior to submitting your transcripts for evaluation. In order for transcript evaluation to occur by the application deadline, transcripts must be submitted to the Records and Registration by January 15th. All transcripts must be evaluated and transfer credit posted BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

6. Additional Admission Information:

  • If you are not a current or previous Columbus State student, you may enroll in Columbus State online at: You may also enroll over the telephone by calling: 287-5353, or (800) 621-6407. You may also visit the Welcome Center in Madison Hall. Please note enrollment in Columbus State is not the same as enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program.
  • For information regarding placement testing, contact the COMPASS Lab, Aquinas Hall, Room 002, (614) 287-2478 OR (800) 621-6407, ext. 2478 or visit
  • All students who are accepted into the program must attend a mandatory orientation session in the summer and to complete a series of “Health Record” forms and immunizations before they are permitted to start the program. Students who fail to complete health record requirements by the Summer Semester will relinquish their place in the program. Accepted students will receive written information regarding these requirements in their acceptance packets.
  • Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background check and drug screening.

7. Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases:

Students in any of the Allied Health programs, including Dental Hygiene, perform their clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or sexual preference. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, and the students may therefore be exposed to many types of communicable diseases.

These are not limited to but may include: Hepatitis (A, B, C, or D), HIV/AIDS, TB, measles, mumps, rubella, rubeola, varicella, etc. All students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program, but by the summer orientation session. Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself. All students entering the Dental Hygiene program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential. All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.

8. Accreditation:

Columbus State Community College Dental Hygiene Program was fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation in 2000. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 606611-2678. Third party comments considered that are submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals interested in submitting comments, requests can be made to the Commission office for receiving standards and/or the Commission's Evaluation Policies and Procedures (EPP).