Tips to apply

  • Do some soul searching: Make sure dental hygiene is the profession for you. Are you passionate about dental hygiene and working with people? Check out and research the profession and make sure you can envision yourself performing the duties of the profession.

  • Research programs: Check out the ADEA DHCAS® Search Engine for information on all participating programs. The profile will indicate the application deadline for all programs.

  • Collect materials: Know where to go to request transcripts from all colleges you attended. Speak with professors and mentors to determine who will write letters of recommendation. Develop a resume with all activities and accomplishments. Write a personal statement about why this degree and field is your goal. Print out score sheets from all standardized tests taken.

  • Review the application: Look over the application instructions, required documents, and fee assistance program.

  • Take entrance exams: The ADEA DHCAS® Search Engine includes information on which tests are accepted and which are preferred for each program; note the appropriate test for each designation.