Admission to this program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee
admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Registration is by permission only. Information
and applications may be obtained from the Dental Hygiene Program Director or dental
hygiene website at http://www.collin.edu/dentalhygiene/
- Provide proof of high school graduation or GED.
- Complete pre-entrance course requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses applicable to the Dental Hygiene program.
- Submit official copies of all college transcripts.
- Complete the PSB exam with a satisfactory result.
- Submit a typed, one-page essay that discusses why dental hygiene has been selected
as a profession.
- Submit two reference forms: one from an employer and one from an educator.
- Completion of an Observation Form: Observing of a dental office / Registered Dental
- Completion of a personal interview with the Program Director and faculty.
ACTIONS REQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION
Complete immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS).
One of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which
can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform
the Program Director. In such cases the applicant must sign a declination form. All
immunizations must be complete before the first clinical visit.
- FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES / CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS STATEMENT
After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific
functional abilities with or without accommodations for successful completion of the
program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s
settings. The specific functional requirements are found in “Functional Abilities
/ Core Performance Standards” documents provided in the program information and application
packets. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards
and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as
soon as this program is of interest.
Dental Hygiene students must meet eligibility requirements for licensure as established
by the State Board of Dental Examiners (http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us
) in the State of Texas. If a student has reason to believe he/she is ineligible for
licensure, including prior involvement with the criminal justice system, he/she should contact
the Board regarding their specific concerns prior to entrance into the program. A
drug scan, background check and CPR with AED certification for health professionals
will be required upon acceptance into the program. Requirements for dental hygiene
licensure as set by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) defines that
individuals be “of good moral character.” All individuals accepted into the program
must meet licensure eligibility requirements. Information received from the background
check or drug scan may result in dismissal from the program.
The applicant must be in good health and emotionally stable and must furnish physical,
dental and eye examination records. Forms will be provided by the dental hygiene department.
In addition, the state of Texas requires the applicant to provide proof of all immunizations
required by the state as defined in the Texas Administrative Code. *Other requirements
include Hepatitis B vaccination and titer and annual TB testing, annual Flu vaccine,
Varicella titer and Tetanus vaccine. A letter of declination must be signed if the
candidate is unable to receive the Hepatitis B series.
Applicants who believe they are at an increased risk of contracting an infectious
disease should seek testing and counseling prior to making application to the Dental
Hygiene Program. All students accepted into the program are expected to follow standard
precautions and are financially responsible for any necessary testing / treatment
resulting from an occupational incident and/or communicable disease exposure. No student
is allowed to deliver patient care in any setting until he/she has mastered material
on safety / standard precautions with satisfactory accuracy.