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Our admissions cycle opens November 1st each year for both the (main) ADEA DHCAS application, and the (supplemental) OUHSC application.  
Our admissions cycle closes January 15th each year at 11:00 pm (central time) for both applications.


Prerequisite courses taken during the Spring 2020 Semester may have a "P" for passing or "S" for satisfactory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the required 2.50 GPA admission requirement still applies.

Dental Hygiene Application Process


  • The Primary DHCAS Application is submitted through The American Dental Association’s Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service. This primary application and instructions are available on the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) website:

  • Applicants must also submit an OUHSC Supplemental Application to The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).The application can be found at When applying to OUHSC, applicants apply to each site they wish to be considered for: Ardmore, Bartlesville, Oklahoma City and/or Weatherford.Site order preference is not determined during the application process.

Required Materials


1. All materials are submitted through the DHCAS website according to their instructions:

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Applicants request official transcripts from each college or university attended using a special DHCAS transmittal form.
  • ACT or SAT SCORE:  Individual component scores and composite scores are required.  Applicants are instructed to upload their ACT score report under the Standardized Tests section of the application.
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT:  For detailed instructions regarding the personal statement, please use this link ADEA Personal Statement, then scroll to the Personal Statement section.
  • 40-HOUR OBSERVATION VERIFICATION :  Signed documentation from practicing registered dental hygienist(s) for a minimum of 40 hours of observation is required.  Use additional forms if necessary.
  • TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:  Applicants provide email addresses for two letter writers to the DHCAS.  The DHCAS sends emails to letter writers with instructions explaining the submission process.
  •  OPTIONAL: Applicants that have completed the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), please upload a copy of the certificate to the DHCAS website under the Licenses and Certificates section of the application. 

 2. TOEFL Exam (Test of English Foreign Language)

The TOEFL Exam is Required for Applicants to Whom English is a Second Language


  • The TOEFL exam is waived for applicants whom have earned a high school diploma from a United States high school
  • The TOEFL exam is waived for applicants whom have earned a bachelor’s degree from a four-year United States institution

*Minimum TOEFL Scores for Dental Hygiene Program applicants:

  • Paper Based TOEFL Score: 550
  • Internet Based TOEFL Score: 79

*Please be aware that TOEFL scores expire after two years 

Applicants with additional questions regarding the TOEFL exam, please click here: Who should take the TOEFL Exam? 

3. Foreign Transcripts or Credentials:

Applicants with foreign transcripts or credentials are required to submit official grade documents to WES for a course-by-course evaluation. Please click on the World Education Services (WES) link above to visit their website.

Applicants with additional questions regarding foreign transcripts or credentials, please click here: OUHSC Admissions­ Click on Prospective Students, then International Applicants


How long does the dental hygiene program take?

Our baccalaureate degree dental hygiene program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework, including specific prerequisites. The 60 hours of prerequisite coursework can be completed in two academic years. If accepted to our Dental Hygiene Program, students attend an additional two years to complete their degree.

Is it possible to work part-time while enrolled in the dental hygiene program?

No. There are very heavy demands made on students' time. Attendance is mandatory and classes, labs and clinics are often scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In addition, there is a significant amount of required study and at times, projects that are very time consuming.

What is the deadline for admission?

The deadline for application submission is Jan. 15 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.

What college should a prospective student attend?

In-state or out-of-state applicants are afforded equal opportunity for admission.  All prerequisite courses must be from accredited institutions and transfer correctly to our program.  To see OU Transfer Equivalencies, click here. Applicants with questions regarding classes transferring to our program, please contact  

Beyond required courses, are there any other courses that will improve my chances of getting into the program?

Beyond the necessary prerequisite courses, no other coursework in a particular area is given preference. Areas for additional study should include courses that are of interest to the applicant. Some suggestions for courses that may improve one's knowledge for any health-related career might include medical terminology, immunology or other biologic science courses, education or behavioral science courses, research, or any number of other courses that relate to a higher degree of knowledge.

Are online courses accepted?

Pre-requisite courses may be taken online, as long as they transfer correctly to our program.  Please use the Course Equivalency Table to determine course transferability.  To see OU Transfer Equivalencies, click here. Applicants with questions regarding classes transferring to our program, please contact



Are dental assistants given preference as applicants?

They are not.  Applicants may be able to gain valuable information about the desirability of a career in dental hygiene as well as a better overall understanding of dentistry by working as a dental assistant. However, dental hygiene requires a different knowledge and skill set from those of dental assisting.

What if I still need prerequisite courses when I apply?

Foundational Prerequisite Courses must be completed or in progress during the spring semester of the year in which admission is sought. If the applicant is accepted into the program, original, official transcripts are required by OUHSC Admissions and Records, prior to June 15, verifying courses are complete and a grade of a C or better has been earned. 

Foundational Courses Include:  English II, Statistics, Chemistry, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Nutrition, Psychology


Non-Foundational Prerequisite Courses must be completed by August 15 of the year in which admission is sought. If the applicant is accepted into the program, original, official transcripts are required by OUHSC Admissions and Records prior to August 15, verifying courses are complete and a grade of a C or better has been earned. 

Non-Foundational Courses Include:  English I, Public Speaking, Foreign Language, U.S. Government, Sociology, U.S. History, Artistic Form, Western Civilization & Culture, Non-Western Civilization & Culture, 3-hour Upper Division General Education Course.

When will I know if I will be invited for an interview?

Interviews take place in March.  We interview 75 applicants, so not all applicants that apply will receive an interview.  All communication from our program is handled through email.  Please note that If we don’t receive a response to our interview request by email, we will reach invited applicants by phone, so there is no need to call our office to check on the status of your application.

I interviewed for the program. When will I know if I have been accepted?

Our Admissions Committee aims for its decisions to be mad by mid-April. Candidates are notified of their application status by email as soon as possible after the new class is selected. 

Why wasn't I selected for this year's class?

The top reasons applicants aren't selected are as follows:

  • Total Cumulative Undergrad GPA may not be competitive

  • Science GPA may not be competitive or possibly may have several courses still outstanding.  Science Courses:  General Chemistry, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Microbiology & Nutrition

  • ACT Score may not be competitive

  • Interview score may not be competitive

  • Several Foundational Courses may still be in progress

  • Foundational Courses may not be complete or in progress

  • Several withdrawals or failing grades on transcripts

How can I improve my application for the next admissions cycle?

  • Retake foundational and/or science courses in which you did not do well
  • Examine your knowledge of the dental hygiene industry and practice interview skills to prepare for the next interview cycle
Many applicants who were not successful during the first admissions cycle have reapplied and gone on to be some of our best students and graduates – so don’t give up.  Decide whether or not you are willing to do what it takes to become a more competitive applicant.  We look forward to receiving your application to The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Program! 


Karen Rucker
Dental Hygiene Program  
Student Program Coordinator  
Phone: (405) 271-4435