General and Admissions Information
Admission Philosophy: The Department of Dental Hygiene is committed to ensure an educational program of excellence to its students. Therefore, admission to the Dental Hygiene program is considered on a competitive basis. The committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the applicants and accepting those who possess the finest credentials based on the listed admission requirements mentioned below. Two other areas are also considered in the admissions process:
- ACADEMIC APTITUDE: Students entering the program must hold a strong educational base and the ability to understand the basic sciences.
- PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
Dental hygiene is regarded as a "people profession". The capability to
communicate, provide and obtain cooperation from others is
a necessity. The ability to manage stress and ownership of high ethical
standards with the ability to implement these standards is a desirable
After the application deadline of January 15th,
candidates are interviewed individually by members of the Admissions
Committee the spring prior to the fall semester for which admission is
MATERIALS: The required admission materials for the Associate Degree
must be completed and returned to the Department as an all-in-one
packet, which includes the following materials:
- COMPLETED APPLICATION
OF RECOMMENDATION: one letter (does not have to be confidential) should
be presented from the science teacher, at the college level, describing
the applicants' potential for success in the Dental Hygiene Program.
If the applicant has had a long period of absence from an academic
program, references from an employer, counselor, or other community
leader, who knows the applicant, may be considered as a substitute.
- COPIES OF TRANSCRIPT(S): copy of High School and College is recommended. Official or Un-official transcript acceptable.
- COPY OF TSU TRANSCRIPT: Official or un-official acceptable.
Admission, Progression/Retention, Readmission Requirements
must be accepted into the University and be advised by the Dental
Hygiene Department faculty to ensure students are completing the
required courses for the AAS and BS degree programs.
high school and college deficiencies, developmental, remedial, courses
and pre-requisite courses must be completed before being admitted to the
AAS and BS degree programs. Students are admitted on a space available
Students who meet the admissions requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program must complete the admissions process.
required admission materials for the Associate Degree Dental Hygiene
Program are a completed Department of Dental Hygiene application; with
copies of the following information attached and turned in to the
department in an all-in-one packet:
letter of recommendation from a science teacher describing the
applicant's potential for success in the dental hygiene curriculum. If
an applicant has had a long period of absence from an academic program,
references from employers, counselors, or other community leaders, who
know the applicant, may substitute for references from science teachers.
Copies of transcripts from all other institutions.
Copy of current TSU transcript.
TSU admission letter for new and newly re-admitted students.
One character recommendation.
A brief autobiographical sketch in the applicant's hand writing.
A complete health evaluation on the official forms provided by the Department of Dental Hygiene.
A personal interview. Interviews may be arranged for applicants who live beyond 300 miles of the University.
The Department of Dental Hygiene will begin accepting applications September 30 through January 15. It is advisable to send the entire application packet at one time during the application period.
The Admissions Committee will consider students who have submitted completed application materials by January 15. A ranking system is used which considers the number of required general courses completed.
Applications received after January 15 will not be considered. It
is advisable to send the entire application packet at one time during
the application period. Applicants will be contacted or mailed a letter
of incomplete application after the deadline and their materials will
not be held. Students who are not admitted may re-apply for the next
Students who are admitted
into the program must have a health examination indicating the following
required immunizations: Hepatitis B, Tetnus, MMR. Evidence of a
negative Tuberculosis skin test is also required.
who are admitted into the program must show evidence of current CPR
certification in order to attend dental hygiene clinics.
are admitted into the program must expect expenses of approximately
$2500 in addition to the university's tuition and fees. This amount
covers instruments and other supplies needed for clinical courses.
These monies are paid directly to vendors.
less than "C" earned in dental hygiene courses are considered
non-passing. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point
average of 2.0 for each academic year. Students who earn a non-passing
grade in a dental hygiene course(s) are unable to progress. Dismissal
from the program may result from documented poor studentship.
for advancement are the charge of the Dental Hygiene Evaluation
Committee, which meets following mid-term and the final examination
Students who have been dismissed from the Dental Hygiene
Program are eligible for reconsideration only under extenuating
Students who earn a non-passing grade in any
supporting science course or any Dental Hygiene Course will not be
permitted to take the next sequential course(s).
Students will be dismissed from the professional program for either of the following:
Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
A grade of less than "C" in two (2) or more major field courses.
A grade of less than "C" in two (2) or more clinical experiences.
A grade of less than "C" in a course that has been repeated.
from any Dental Hygiene course or failure to register for any semester
without prior written approval from the Department.
student who earns a failing grade in a Dental Hygiene Course and wants
to re-apply must do so, in writing, to the Program Director for re-entry
at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester re-entry is
requested. An updated transcript is required. Re-admissions are based
on previous performance in dental hygiene courses, faculty
recommendations, and available faculty and clinical resources. There is
no guarantee that any student will be re-admitted.
A student who earns a second failing grade in any dental hygiene course at TSU cannot continue in the program.
who withdraw from the program may be reviewed (one time only), by the
faculty to determine, on an individual basis, if they are eligible for
re-admission to the program.