About Our Program

Dental Hygiene is a full-time, selective admissions program offered on Northeast Campus. Plan to attend classes Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

For details about courses and the program: Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science Degree PlanListen  (PDF will open in a new window)


Dental Hygiene Is a Selective Admissions Program

Dental Hygiene is a selective admissions program, which means you have to meet certain requirements to apply (after you have been accepted as a student at TCC), and a committee selects the applicants who will be admitted to the program each year.

  1. Apply to TCC
  2. Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

You are selected for Dental Hygiene based on your Applicant Score, which is you cumulative grade point average (GPA) + bonus points earned.

GPA Requirements

We do not currently have a minimum required GPA for your application to be considered by the Selection Committee. 

However, given the competitiveness of the applications, we suggest you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Bonus Points

Bonus points are assigned based on the grades you earned in school before applying to this program and on your work experience or observation.

To earn bonus points:

  • Complete degree-specific general education courses with a C or higher before applying to Dental Hygiene.
    • Science courses must have been completed within 5 years of program deadline date.
  • Complete college-level courses with a C or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Points are awarded proportionately to the number of semester hours completed.
  • Earn a bachelor's degree.
  • Have documented work experience in the field.


How Can I Make Myself a Competitive Applicant?

  • Make A's and B's in most–if not all–college courses
  • Confirm through the Registrar’s Office (817-515-0498) that you have met the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) requirements for credit course enrollment
  • Complete all science courses:
    • BIOL-2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL-2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIOL-2420 Microbiology Non-Science Majors
    • CHEM-1406 Intro Chemistry I-Allied Health
      For selection purposes, the lab portion of science courses cannot be completed online and will not earn bonus points.
  • Complete all other non-Dental-Hygiene-Program-(DHYG)-specific courses listed on the degree plan:
    • ENGL-1301 English Composition I
    • PSYC-2301 General Psychology
      PSYC-2315 Psychology of Adjustment
    • Sociology (SOCI) elective of choice
    • Creative Arts/Language, Culture and Philosophy elective of choice
  • Get as much work or observation experience as you can and document it
  • Read carefully and follow all application instructions


How Much Will It Cost?

The overall cost of our 2-year Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science program is based on tuition, books, instruments and licensing board exam fees.

For details, see a detailed cost analysis.


Dental Hygiene Program by the Numbers

  • 24 students are accepted each fall.
  • 150-200 prospective students submit applications to our program each year.
  • 3.5 is the suggested GPA for you to be a competitive applicant.
  • 2015:
    • 6.26 was the highest overall rating accepted.
    • 5.65 was the lowest overall rating accepted.
  • 2014:
    • 6.26 was the highest overall rating accepted.
    • 5.54 was the lowest overall rating accepted.
  • 2013:
    • 6.60 was the highest overall rating accepted.
    • 5.63 was the lowest overall rating accepted.


Need More Details?

Dental Hygiene Information PacketListen (PDF will open in a new window)



Northeast Campus
Health Sciences Department
Building NHSC, Room 1131
828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054

Debra Krebs, Career and Technical Education Advisor
NFAC, Room 1109


Updated March 10, 2016


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