Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene
The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team who provides educational, preventive and therapeutic oral health services. Employment opportunities may be available in private dental practice, hospitals, public health agencies, educational institutions, and research.
Average Salary for a Dental Hygienist
Pre-Dental Hygiene Curriculum
IUPUI supports the State of Indiana's Core 40 curriculum. Therefore, students should complete Core 40 to be sure they satisfy the course requirements for regular admission to most programs. Academic preparation should include graduation from an accredited high school with four units of English and a combined total of at least nine units from the following three areas with representation in each: mathematics, science (biology and chemistry), and social studies or foreign languages.
Required College Courses - One semester of each unless otherwise indicated:
microbiology course must include immunology)
Required College Courses - Can be taken at any time in the curriculum
A minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.50
A minimum science (elementary chemistry lecture and lab, microbiology lecture and lab, human anatomy and physiology) prerequisite GPA of 2.70.
All required science courses must have been completed within the past (7) seven years
All prerequisite courses listed above must be complete by the end of the spring semester of the year in which students wish to enter the program.
Observation at two (2) separate Dental Offices for a minimum of 8 hours total
Completion of Dental Hygiene Applicant Orientation
Application Procedures Have Changed Beginning September 2013
- IUPUI Application - Applicants who are not currently IUPUI students must submit an IUPUI application. The online IUPUI application requires payment of a $55.00 application fee using a credit card at the time of submission. Updated official transcripts must be sent to the IUPUI Admissions Office at the end of each semester/quarter of coursework. If you are currently attending classes at another IU campus or department, you can select to transfer and you will not be required to pay this fee.
- 2014 DH Application - IUSD is using a new centralized system through ADEA (American Dental Education Association), The system is referred to as DHCAS. The Indiana University School of Dentistry requires no application fee, but DHCAS does require a fee of $95.00. However, this fee can be waived, if you qualify.
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1st . Note when applying you will need to have your college transcript(s) available to enter all college course work you have completed and plan to complete. If college courses are not entered, your application will not be considered. The Student Records and Admissions Office will notify applicants by email as to the status of their application and additional information that may be required.
- Official College Transcripts: DO NOT send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. All transcripts must be entered through DHCAS.
- Dental Assisting Transcript: Are required from applicants who have or are attending a Dental Assisting program.
- Dental Hygiene Personal Statement The personal statement is included as part of the electronic application and is required upon submitting the application. Please explain why you chose to pursue a career in dental hygiene and how you have prepared for this field. Describe any accomplishments you achieved, obstacles you cleared, or challenges you overcame that impacted your preparation for the dental hygiene program. Please limit your statement to 500 words.
- Dental Hygiene Practice Observation Documentation All applicants are required to observe practicing dental hygienists a minimum of 8 hours in two different private practice settings. Each dental hygienist must document your observation by providing the following information on their office letterhead: your name, date and time of observation and their signature. You may upload your observation hours through the personal letters of recommendation section on the DHCAS application.
- Completion of the Required Dental Hygiene Applicant Orientation. Applicants to the program must either attend the In-house orientation or complete the online orientation. Registration forms will be emailed to you after your application has been reviewed.
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
1121 W. Michigan Street, Room 105
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 274-8173
Fax: (317) 278-9066