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Professional Entry-Level Admissions Requirements and Selection Process

Students accepted to Texas Woman’s University may declare as pre-dental hygiene majors; however, admission to the professional entry-level dental hygiene program is competitive based upon specific written criteria for admission consideration and specific written selection procedures. 

Process and Criteria for Admission Consideration

  • Application to TWU should be completed by December 1 for first round consideration and February 1 for second round consideration. applications.
  • Application materials, including fall transcripts, should be submitted to the Dental Hygiene Program by January 10th for the first round of interviews and selections. 
    A second round of applicants may be considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled; therefore, applicants may continue to apply through March 1. Applicants in the first round have the best chance for selection
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0.
  • In good standing with the college or university last attended.
  • Competitive SAT score (verbal and math sections only) OR ACT Assessment composite score OR a Bachelor's Degree. A strong score for SAT is 1134 or above and a strong score for ACT composite score is 26 or above.
  • The required foundational coursework must be completed with a C or better when applying to the program for Fall .  Foundational coursework consists of English, psychology, sociology, anatomy (Anatomy I or A&P I), physiology ( Physiology I or A&P II), microbiology, nutrition and statistics. 
  • All other prerequisite work must also be complete prior to entry into the professional program.
  • Knowledge of the role that the professional dental hygienist plays in health care and an awareness of the professional ethics is necessary. This requirement may be met through individual research and study.

Selection Process

Students meeting the admission criteria above will be considered for the professional entry-level dental hygiene program in a two-part process:

Part 1: Documentation Review

  • Cumulative GPA is computed by TWU based upon coursework previously attempted. Applicants with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA will be further reviewed.
  • All application materials are reviewed for completeness and timeliness. Applications received by January 10 are considered in Round 1 and have a greater chance of selection. Applications dated after January 10 and no later than March 1st may receive consideration in Round 2 of the selection process. Priority is given to applications submitted for Round 1.
  • A foundational grade point average (FGPA) is computed using an applicant’s best grades in the following courses necessary for success in the program: English I & II, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition and statistics. The FGPA is used in the selection process.
  • Applicants are ranked according to an Admissions Selection Rubric. If credentials are competitive, applicants are invited to Part 2 of the process: Interview and Activities.

Part 2: Interview and Activities

  • Competitive applicants are invited for personal interview with members of the Selection Committee. Invitation for interview does not guarantee the applicant a place in the program, but serves as a part of the selection process.  All expenses of the interview are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • The interview includes subjective assessment on such qualities as ability to communicate and articulate ideas, leadership skills, motivation for selecting oral healthcare, and overall knowledge of the dental hygiene profession and its ethics.
  • Activities include a short writing sample that will be completed at the time of the interview. The writing sample evaluation will include articulation of thought (content), as well as structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance on a rolling basis until the class is filled and alternates selected.
  • All required courses must be completed in order to enter the program in the fall semester.  An exception may be requested for multicultural women’s studies required by TWU for graduation from all bachelor’s degree programs.

Factors That May Be Considered

  • Apparent critical thinking skills and positive attitudes as the applicant provides information, articulates ideas and expresses opinions during the application and interview process.
  • Overall quality of prior educational experiences including where course was taken and participation in honors program. 
  • Content of application information and the care with which the materials have been completed.
  • Evidence of a desire to provide oral healthcare to the underserved.
  • Evidence of participation in worthwhile community volunteer activities.
  • Evidence of moral/ethical character, motivation, intellectual maturity, leadership skills, and overall optimism.
  • Ability to benefit from the educational program.
  • Other appropriate life experiences may be considered.

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