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Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission in the Program of Dental Hygiene at Western Kentucky University, students must complete the following requirements:

Completion of prerequisite courses

Applicants seeking admission must complete at least 15 hours of the required general education course hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.  The typical successful applicant has a composite ACT score of 23 or higher.  The typical successful applicant also has earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the science pre-requisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene curriculum. The following prerequisites should be completed by the end of the fall semester* prior to the student beginning the program:

Anatomy and Physiology (Biology 131)

Microbiology w/ Lab (Biology 207/208)

Psychology 100

English 100

*In the event that Anatomy and Physiology OR Microbiology will be taken in the Spring semester after the application period, admission into the program would be conditional upon satisfactory completion of the course.


Admission is limited and inherently competitive. Applicants' ACT/SAT scores, college GPA, Biology 131 grade, and Microbiology 207/208 grade are considered on a competitive basis along with granted personal interviews as warranted based on the previous considerations.  In the event of more qualified applicants than available slots, preference will be given to currently enrolled Western Kentucky University students who have earned a minimum of 15 hours at WKU and Kentucky residents. There are no restrictions regarding age, sex, race, religion, or marital status.  Candidates for admission must be eligible for dental hygiene licensure and capable of fulfilling clinical practice requirements.  Notification of status will be sent by the end of April.

Job Shadowing

Documentation of 15 or more hours of observation of a dental hygienist.


Candidates who possess the highest academic qualifications necessary to be successful in the program will be granted an interview. Because of the nature of the program and the necessity to work closely with faculty, patients, and students, the interview is of key importance in the admission process. To earn a score of 5 on the interview portion of the admissions process, a candidate must be able to: speak knowledgeably about the profession, clearly articulate reasons for pursuing this career choice, possess the ability to communicate clearly, and display professional deportment. Candidates who fail to achieve a mean rating of 3.5 (on a 5 point scale) on the interview will not be admitted to the program regardless of academic qualifications.

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 Last Modified 9/14/15