Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate


About the Program

The Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate curriculum is Phase I of the two-phase Dental Hygiene program and consists of the 36 hours of general education courses required for the Dental Hygiene curriculum.

(Hint) For information on completing Phase II to earn the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree, click here.

General education courses for students in the Health Sciences and Nursing Pre-Programs Certificates are available for students in classrooms and laboratories on both the Airport and Beltline Campuses. Allied Health Science courses with a laboratory component are taught only on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building and Lexington Hall. There are no required externships/internships for this program.

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements for the Health Sciences Department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Pre-Dental Hygiene program include:

Acceptable Interview Eligibility Criteria

  • TEAS V (September 2014-present): 60 total percent (minimum reading 70 percent, math- ematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) taken within the last three years and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • ​SAT 990 (minimum critical reading 475) taken within the last three years and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 18) taken within the last three years and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; or
  • Associate degree or higher

Admissions Criteria

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Eligibility criteria met

A student’s acceptance of a position in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate (Phase I) program implies that the student will work consistently to complete the 36-hour program within the next two or three semesters. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Students may not retake any course in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate program more than once. The student may not repeat more than two different courses in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate.  The repeat policy applies to both internal and external transcripts.

Midlands Technical College students who complete the Pre-Dental Hygiene curriculum with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or above on all courses may apply for the Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate. (Science and mathematics courses must be completed according to the timeframe established and published for all Health Sciences Programs.) At completion of the 36 hours of coursework, the student must complete the graduation clearance form for the Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate and submit an application for entry consideration and interview eligibility for the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program (Phase II). Coursework must be in compliance with the Health Science acceptance timeframes when the application for Phase II entry is submitted. The student’s date of interview eligibility for Phase II is based upon the date of acceptance to and completion of Phase I. The students will be placed on the future entry list according to the date stamp of a satisfactory application submission.

Students in Phase I should be aware that in the clinical phase of the Dental Hygiene program (Phase II), students will be expected to act as patients for classmates to practice all new skills, including infiltration anesthesia injections. Students who require antibiotics prior to dental procedures will be expected to comply with such self-medication so as to allow equitable classmate learning experiences during pre-clinical sessions. Students anticipating orthodontic procedures should complete their banding phase prior to entry into Phase II or they should delay initiation of the orthodontic procedures until the second year of Phase II.

Students entering into Phase II of the Dental Hygiene Program will be required to have a background check and a drug screening prior to beginning pre-clinical activities. Arrangements will be made by the Allied Dental Education Program.

Merit Admissions

A merit admission opportunity is available for highly qualified applicants. Click here for the Merit Admissions FAQs. Click here for the Merit Admissions Checklist.

The merit application submission deadline for a Fall 2020 clinical start date is February 28, 2020.

New for merit applicants: Two Merit Admissions workshops are scheduled for Dental Hygiene merit applicants. These workshops are not required, but are designed to help prospective merit applicants understand how merit admission works and how to properly complete the Merit Admissions Application. These workshops will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Airport Student Center, Room 225
  • Thursday, February 6, 2019 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Airport Student Center, Room 225

Please be on time and bring a copy of the 2019 Merit Dental Hygiene Admissions Checklist with you. The meeting will last approximately one hour. Because of the scope of the information covered, it is not appropriate for children to attend.


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