Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Admissions Process
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How to apply
- A centralized application center is used to process the dental hygiene school application to UT Health San Antonio. Applications may be obtained from The American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application System(ADEA DHCAS). To begin the ADEA DHCAS application, the applicant must first apply for a dentpin. Applications are accepted between October 29 and December 31 of the year preceding anticipated matriculation.
- Send official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and mail transcripts to ADEA DHCAS. International applicants must have transcripts from foreign universities evaluated by a professional firm.
- Shadowing a dental hygienist in a clinical setting is required. Applicants are asked to observe at least a total of sixteen hours. An applicant should shadow a hygienist so that they can witness the various responsibilities a hygienist has in the work environment. Applicants can choose to complete more than sixteen hours if they wish. Click here to download the shadowing form. Due to Covid-19, the shadowing requirement is waived for 2020.
- Upon completing the application submit $60 to UT Health San Antonio - Dental Hygiene in the form of a check or money order with the same name as you used for the ADEA DHCAS application and include a print out of the first page of your application. This will allow your payment to be matched with the correct applicant.
Please send $60 fee to:
UT Health San Antonio
Periodontics - Division of Dental Hygiene, MC 7904
Attn: Martha Browning
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio TX 78229
- TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Required only of international applicants from countries where English is not the native language; minimum score of 68 (Internet), 220 (computer), or 560 (paper) is required.
Timeline for application/admission process
- October 29 - December 31 - Application period in the year prior to the desired admission.
- October 29 - January 15 – Submit all transcripts to ADEA DHCAS. School begins interviewing applicants.
- December 31 - Deadline for submitting the application
- January 15 – Deadline for submitting all transcripts from all schools attended
- Mid-March – Applicant interviews during School of Dentistry’s Spring Break period
- May 1– Applicants notified of acceptance
- July 1– Fall semester begins
What makes a successful applicant?
- Up to 30 students may be admitted to the Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Entry program. The curriculum is rigorous with each course being a prerequisite to go on to the next semester of course work. Students are in class full time, Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm each day. Applicants should be familiar with the daily demands of full-time course work.
Admission to the dental hygiene program is highly competitive. Successful applicants are those who show evidence of consistently performing well academically and having extracurricular interests and achievements.
- Applicants are reviewed and granted interviews based on consideration of the following factors in no particular order or weight:
- Bilingual language ability
- Employment history
- Letters of recommendations
- Dental assisting job
- Public/community service in volunteer-related areas
- Awards, honors, and leadership in academics
- Graduation from another accredited healthcare-related program
- Communication/written skills
- Hometown or county of residence that has been designated a medically underserved and/or health professions shortage area, with particular emphasis on South Texas.
- Previously selected alternate for the dental hygiene program
All dental hygiene students at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry must perform certain essential functions in order to successfully complete the curriculum.
Cognitive functions: All students must be able to solve problems, using the ability to understand and retain knowledge derived from readings, lectures, and demonstrations. Students must be able to use reasoning, to analyze and to integrate learned material and apply principles to new problems.
Sensory and motor skills: All students must be able to observe patients and simulations and gain patient information to be used in diagnosis. They must possess sufficient vision, hearing, and physical abilities in order to obtain a patient history, perform a physical examination and provide patient care. Students must have adequate stamina to manipulate dental equipment appropriately and to perform in class, clinic and laboratory settings during long hours.
Communication skills: All students must be able to effectively communicate with patients, peers, staff, and faculty. Students must be able to demonstrate respect and understanding of emotional, social and cultural issues.
Professional and behavioral skills: All students must demonstrate the capacity for sustained function under stress and to respond appropriately to unpredictable circumstances. Furthermore, students must demonstrate high ethical standards and professional behavior when interacting with patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and the public.
Admission by transfer
Admission by transfer is available on a very limited basis. The purpose is to provide the opportunity for placement in this institution to highly qualified transfer students from U.S./Canadian dental schools who have a definite need for location in this institution. The number of positions available is limited to any unfilled spaces within a class.
If a current UT Health dental hygiene student is seeking to transfer to another dental hygiene program, course transferability would be determined by the program to which the student is transferring.
- Is an entrance exam required?
An entrance exam, ACT, or SAT is not required.
- Do I need to complete all prerequisite courses before I apply to the program?
Up to 6 credit hours of prerequisites may be in progress during the spring semester prior to admittance with all science courses completed by the prior fall semester. The 6 credit hours must be completed and transcripts submitted by June 1.
- How do I find out the status of my application?
Upon successful completion of the ADEA DHCAS application, ADEA DHCAS will verify all courses taken as indicated on the application and transcripts submitted. Only applications with the ADEA DHCAS status of “verified” will be sent to UT Health San Antonio’s dental hygiene program for admission consideration. A verified status means that the application has been completed to include submitting all transcripts from every college or university attended, references, and shadowing experience.
- Will all verified applicants be invited for an interview?
The DHAC will review the applicants who have been verified by ADEA DHCAS and will invite those applicants who meet program requirements for an interview. Up to forty applicants can be invited for an interview.
- Is an interview required?
Only applicants who are invited to the interview will be considered for admission. Applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified via email. Applicant interviews are granted on a competitive basis and are conducted in mid-March. If you are invited to interview, you will be notified two to three weeks in advance of the interview date. You will be required to confirm your attendance as instructed in the invitation letter.
- What will happen on the interview day?
A faculty member will conduct the interview. You will also take part in a written essay and have the opportunity to meet with current dental hygiene students.
- How will I be notified of acceptance?
Acceptance letters will be sent via e-mail around May 1. You will be required to submit a letter of intent to secure your spot in the class. Up to four unranked alternates will be chosen and will receive a letter stating their alternate status. Alternates will be contacted should someone decline their acceptance into the program.
- How many students are admitted into the entering class?
Up to 30 students can be admitted for each entering class.
- What is the average overall GPA and prerequisite GPA?
For the entering class of 2020, the overall average GPA was 3.2 and the prerequisite GPA was 3.5.
- How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor?
We do not have advisors. If you have a question about prerequisites please contact your undergraduate college’s or university's pre-dental hygiene advisor.
- What scholarship opportunities are available?
Dental hygiene scholarships are made available once the student has begun the program. The scholarships are made available throughout the two years of study.
- Do you require any supplemental fees or applications?
Besides the fee for the ADEA DHCAS application, a fee of $60 must be sent to UT Health San Antonio - Dental Hygiene in the form of a check or money order.
- Do you have more questions about applying?
What is UT Health San Antonio's policy regarding bloodborne pathogens?
Individuals who are involved in the provision of dental hygiene services may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens that may result in human disease. Students and faculty members who experience exposure to potentially infectious materials (needle stick, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin) or airborne inhalation require specific follow-up attention. For more information on the policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases refer to the UT Health San Antonio Policies on Bloodborne and Infectious Diseases.
What do I need to know about immunizations in preparation for this program?
Immunizations must be completed before June 1. No exceptions will be made for any student. Several immunizations can take six weeks to complete, so please familiarize yourself with the required vaccinations by visiting our student health page on this topic.
What happens after my application is submitted?
- Upon successful completion of the ADEA DHCAS application, ADEA DHCAS will verify all courses taken as indicated on the application and transcripts submitted.
- The Admissions Committee at UT Health San Antonio will review the applicants who have been verified by DHCAS and will invite those applicants who meet program requirements for an interview.
- Interviews will be conducted in early spring (March-April). Only applicants who are invited to the interview will be considered for admission.
- Applicants will be notified of dental hygiene program acceptance or denial by May 1st.