Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene
Admissions Criteria

Pre-Dental Hygiene Curriculum

High School Course Recommendations

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.  It is strongly recommended that dual courses be taken whenever possible to satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Computer Literacy
Faculty members of Indiana University School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program expect dental hygiene students to use computers well enough to log on the Internet to access information (including some course content).  Expectations include the ability to search for dentistry related materials and to return to an interesting site by using bookmarks.  Students must have basic word processing skills and to be able to use word processing programs.  Students will also be expected to log on to an e-mail account to communicate with other students and faculty.  The program provides remediation in basic online research strategies.  On-site word processors are available at IUSD and the IUPUI libraries.
Gen-Ed Core
Effective fall 2013, all beginning first-year students at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) are required to complete 30 hours of general education course work (the IUPUI General Education Core) prior to graduation with either an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree. This course work is aligned with the Indiana Statewide Transferable General Education Core  competency domains and once completed, will subsequently transfer to another Indiana state educational institution.  The IUPUI General Education Core serves as the foundation for all degree programs at IUPUI.

Prerequisite College Courses - One semester of each unless otherwise indicated:
ENG-W 131  English Composition (3)
-  CHEM-C 101, C121  Elementary Chemistry with Laboratory (a minimum of four (4) semester hours)

BIOL-N 261 AND BIOL-N 217 Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (PREFERRED)
-  BIOL-N 212 Human Biology I and N 213 (1 hour laboratory course)
-  BIOL-N 214 Human Biology 2 and N 215 (1 hour laboratory course)

-  MICR-J 210  Microbiology with laboratory (a minimum of four (4) semester hours – the
   microbiology course must include immunology)
 PSY-B 110  Introductory Psychology (3)                                           
-  SOC-R 100  Introductory Sociology (3)              
-  COMM-R 110  Public Speaking (3) (Interpersonal Communications does not fulfill this requirement)
- One Arts and Humanities Course (Choose from approved Arts and Humanties List.)
- *One Cultural Understanding course (Choose from approved Cultural Understanding List.) 
- *One Analytical Reasoning course (Choose from approved Analytical Reasoning List.)
- *One Statistics course (Elementary Statistics Method 1 - STAT 30100 or Statistics - PSY-B305
*Must be completed prior to graduation.
Please click on the following degree completion map for more information. 

Effective with 2013 application process Advanced Placement courses will be accepted as meeting prerequisite requirements.
If you have any questions regarding transfer credits from another university, please visit the following link  If you still have questions after reviewing IUPUI's Credit Articulation and Transfer system call the Dental Hygiene Division at 317-274-7801 to set up an appointment to talk to an advisor.

Eligibility Requirements

  • All required college courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above 2.5; grades earned must be with a letter grade; no pass/fail options accepted.
  • A minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • A minimum science GPA of 3.00 in the following prerequisite courses: elementary chemistry lecture and lab, microbiology lecture and lab, human anatomy lecture and lab and physiology lecture and lab
  • All required science courses must have been completed within the past (5) five 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. 
  • Personal Statement
  • Observation at two (2) separate Dental Offices for a minimum of 8 hours total
  • Completion of Dental Hygiene Applicant Orientation 

Application Procedures 

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.

  1. 2019 DH Application  The dental hygiene program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry plans to participate in the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) in the 2018-19 application cycle.  Applicants applying to the entry level baccalaureate program for 2019 enrollment will apply online using the ADEA DHCAS application beginning on November 1, 2018.  To learn more about ADEA DHCAS, please visit
  2. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.  - 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 Dental Hygiene office will notify applicants by email as to the status of their application and any additional information that may be required.
  3. Transcripts - For each college entered, click the download Transcript Request Form button in DHCAS to download and print a transcript matching form.  Provide this form to your college's Registrar's Office so that they can send an official transcript to ADEA DHCAS.  For those who have attended Dental Assisting program, be sure to include your dental assisting transcripts as well.
  4. 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.
  5. Dental Hygiene Practice Observation Documentation - All applicants are required to observe practicing licensed dental hygienists (LDH) 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 the licensed dental hygienist's signature.  Please upload your documentation to DHCAS.
  6. Completion of the Required Dental Hygiene Information Session - Applicants to the program must either attend the In-house Information Session or complete the Online Information Session. Registration forms will be emailed to you after your application has been reviewed. 
IUSD requires Criminal Background Checks from all applications who receive offers of admissions.
All questions concerning course prerequisites taken at various colleges and universities, credit transfer and admissions requirements should be directed to:  

Indiana University School of Dentistry 
Department of Dental Hygiene
1121 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202  
Telephone: (317) 274-7801    

Fax: (317) 274-1363 

Nondiscriminatory Policy

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