We are pleased that you are interested in Dental Hygiene. The department offers both associate and baccalaureate degree programs. The associate degree requires six semesters and one summer term to complete the prescribed studies. The baccalaureate requires eight semesters and one summer term. Other materials available on the website describe the field of Dental Hygiene and will answer many of the questions that you have. Students accepted must have satisfactory scholastic and social records.
To apply for the next class, please refer to the Admission Requirements and Application Checklist tabs.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all necessary application materials are on file in the Department of Allied Health/Dental Hygiene Program, Academic Complex 235.
Enrollment in the Program of Dental Hygiene is limited and applications are due by December 1 for the program beginning the following Fall semester. Admission is selective and based on the following criteria: High School GPA, ACT®/SAT® score, Reading ACT® score, College GPA, Biol 207/8 (Microbiology) grade, Biol 131 (Anatomy and Physiology) grade, and Interview. Soon after March 15th, the Committee on Admissions will meet and select the class. Applicants are informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance around April 15.
If accepted into the program, you will be required to become certified in Healthcare Provider CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) prior to entering into dental hygiene classes. Proof of certification is required. Due to the potential exposure to infectious diseases, the student must provide documentation of the receipt of two doses of the MMR vaccine, physician diagnosed measles disease, laboratory evidence of immunity, birth before 1957, or a signed statement of refusal to the Program of Dental Hygiene before the start of their clinical component. Additionally, admitted students must show proof of current varicella immunization. Students must also show proof of a current tetanus immunization and present a recent negative tuberculosis test or chest x-ray. In an effort to minimize the risk of Hepatitis B infection to patients and dental personnel, Western Kentucky University's Program of Dental Hygiene requires that all students enrolled in the program of dental hygiene receive vaccination against Hepatitis B or sign a Statement of Refusal. Current OSHA regulations are followed. Additional information is on file in the departmental office. In addition, all Dental Hygiene students are required to purchase liability insurance. Students may enroll through the University's liability insurance procedure.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at Western!
Dr. Lynn Austin, Head
Department of Allied Health
Program of Dental Hygiene
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11032
Bowling Green, KY 42101