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Q: Do I have to apply to the College before I can apply to the Dental Hygiene program?
A: Yes. You must apply for admission to the college before you can apply to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Q: May I take other courses while I'm waiting to apply to the Dental Hygiene program?
A: Yes. You may take any courses on the Dental Hygiene plan of study except the Dental Hygiene Technical courses. In fact, we recommend that students try to complete as many of the general education and basic-related courses that they can. Although this is not a requirement, it makes the course load easier for the working student. The Dental Hygiene Program is an extremely demanding program academically, and students have reported that it is easier to manage when their other courses are out of the way.

Q: What do I do if I have attended another college? Which courses will transfer?
A: Generally speaking, if you have attended another college, you must have your transcripts reviewed by the Records and Registration Office to determine if your credits transfer. Dependent on this review whether you have a degree from another institution will determine if you need any placement or admissions testing for acceptance into the college.

Q: What about biological sciences taken at other colleges?
A: Generally speaking, courses taken at another accredited college and which have similar content and credit hours might be accepted as credit for required biological science courses. The Records and Registration Office can best assist you in reviewing your transcript to see which courses transfer.

Q: When are Dental Hygiene classes held?
A: Dental Hygiene classes are held in the afternoons and evenings, 5 days per week, generally beginning at 12 P.M. and ending at 8:30 P.M. Students may also have classes on Saturdays and extra enrichment requirements that require morning attendance.

Q: Where will the clinical training be held?
A: Clinical training is completed at The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry facilities. By formal agreement, we share their clinical facilities in the evenings.

Q: Is the program accredited?
A: The program has been granted the official status of "Accredited" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Q: I would like to finish the program in a year. Can I do that?
A: No. The program has been designed to span five consecutive semesters in order to provide the student with progressive skills acquisition. It cannot be completed in less than five semesters.

Q: I would like to take some of the concurrent general-education or basic-related courses at a college nearer my home. What are my options?
A: You may complete any of these courses at any regionally-accredited college in Ohio. Please check with the Records and Registration Office ahead of time to see if a course is equivalent and will transfer. You may also wish to consider taking some of these courses as "Distance Learning" courses from Columbus State. Check our "Global Campus" website on the Internet for more information about our distance learning courses. The URL for the site is:

Q: What grades will I have to maintain during the program?
A: To be eligible for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program a student must have a minimum of an overall 2.95 GPA and must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA once admitted (in ALL courses) during the program of study.

Q: If I am admitted to the program, but I already have an Ohio Dental Radiography License, do I still have to take the Dental Hygiene Radiography courses?
A: Yes. The Radiography License is a minimum credential required for the field of Dental Assisting. The Dental Hygiene Radiography courses go into much more depth than is required by the State because more content is tested on the Dental Hygiene credentialing examinations.

Q: If I already work in a dental office, do I need to fulfill the observation at another office?
A: Yes. It is advantageous to observe dental hygienists fulfilling responsibilities in various settings.

Q: Does being employed as a dental assistant or office receptionist/manager qualify for credit towards the application process?
A: No. There is no credit in the application process.

However, students who have completed a dental assisting program for which Columbus State has a formal articulation agreement will receive 1% credit in the admissions process. Agreements are in place for Fort Hayes Career Center, Eastland Career Center, Fairfield Career Center, South-Western Career Academy, C-TEC, Delaware Area Career Center, Scioto County Career Center, Pioneer Career Center and Pickaway-Ross Career Center.

Q: What is the process for ranking applicants?
A: The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee follows a set formula and makes final decisions of accepted students.

  1. 55% Science Courses

    The admission committee is aware not all of these courses may be completed by the applicant at the time of application.

    BIO 2300 - Human Anatomy
    BIO 2301 - Human Physiology (formerly BIO 2232)
    BIO 2302 - Human Pathophysiology (formerly BIO 2263)
    BIO 2215 - Microbiology
    CHEM 1113 - Elements of Organic & Biochemistry
  2. 20% Additional Courses

    The admission committee is aware not all of these courses may be completed by the applicant at the time of application.

    ENGL 1100 - Intro to Composition
    STAT 1350 - Elementary Statistics
    PSY 1100 - Intro to Psychology
    HNTR 1153 - Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle
  3. 24% HESI A2 Exam
  4. 1% Bachelor's Degree or Dental Assisting Certificate

Q: Where will I be able to find the answers to my other questions?
A: The Information Sessions provide a forum for this. It is required that you attend an information session the year of application. Please note that latecomers will not be admitted to the session. They are held three per summer, autumn, and spring semesters. The Health and Human Services advisers are also available to answer questions. Their offices are located in Union Hall, Room 477.