Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education. 

Perry Health Sciences Admissions
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PRE-DENTAL HYGIENE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:

The following steps are required to be classified as a Pre-Dental Hygiene student (working toward entrance into the Dental Hygiene program.

PHASE I: Apply to Wake Tech.

  • Complete the NC Residency Determination Interview.  
    A residency determination will be provided within 3 business days of completion. For more information regarding residency, visit: https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/

  • Complete the Wake Tech Community College Application for Admission.

  • Attend a MANDATORY Information Session for Dental Hygiene on the Perry Health Sciences Campus.

  • Apply for Financial Aid and Veterans benefits.  Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all supporting documents to make sure their request can be processed in time for the start of the semester. Be sure to include the Wake Tech school code: 004844.

  • Provide official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) of ALL previous education, including high school or GED scores and  college transcripts if applicable. Applications will not be processed until ALL transcripts have been received. Applicants can send a Request for High School or Prior College Transcript form to schools they have attended and have their transcripts sent directly to Wake Tech. Faxed or opened transcripts are not official and will not be accepted. High school transcripts must be complete and must show date of graduation.

  • Take the ACCUPLACER placement test. Schedule and prepare for the test at the Testing Center website. Students who meet certain requirements may be exempt from testing. 

PHASE II: Apply to the clinical Dental Hygiene (DEN) classes, following the steps below. Note that entry is a competitive process; submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. 

  • Demonstrate chemistry proficiency. The chemistry proficiency requirement may be satisfied by completing ONE of the following: a college-level basic chemistry course from a U.S. regionally-accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better; or one unit of a high school chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better; or CHM 090 (Chemistry Concepts) or an equivalent CHM 090 with a grade of “C” or better; or the self-taught chemistry tutorial unit in the Individualized Learning Center with a grade of 85 or higher.

  • Complete 40 hours of job shadowing with a registered dental hygienist.

  • Submit separate application (Form 1544) for the Associate Degree Dental Hygiene program (clinical)  All requirements listed above must have been met or the application will not be reviewed for the pool. Note: A new Dental Hygiene application must be submitted for every deadline

  • Dental Hygiene students will be required to undergo a Criminal Background Check in order to attend select clinical rotations.

  • Once admitted into the Dental Hygiene classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.