Dental Hygiene

Important Notice for the 2021 and 2022 Dental Hygiene Clinical Application

The Dental Hygiene Program 20-hour shadowing requirement will be waived. We will accept any completed shadowing hours as supplemental information but will not penalize any applicants who are unable to complete hours.

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. 

Our Dental Hygiene program is a limited enrollment program accepting approximately 24 students once a year. Our acceptance rate can vary based on clinical space availability. Since we receive more than 100 applications for every application cycle, we use a competitive, point-based admission process – NOT a waiting list. Points are assigned based on the grades earned in the eight general education classes required for the program – such as ENG 111, PSY 150, and BIO 163. The better the grade, the more points a student will be awarded.  Please note our program is both in high demand and highly competitive. We cannot guarantee acceptance into the program, even if you have straight A's in all eight general education classes. 

Anyone interested in our Dental Hygiene program must first attend a MANDATORY Information Session for Dental Hygiene. Advisors will not meet with students until after the information session has been completed. Since the Dental Hygiene program is very competitive, we strongly recommend meeting with a Health Sciences Admission/Academic Advisor to discuss an academic plan.

Wake Technical Community College academic programs (credit and non-credit) that are designed to lead to professional licenses are either tied to the State of North Carolina or national certifications.

 If you intend to pursue professional licenses outside the State of North Carolina once you have completed your academic program at Wake Technical Community College, please refer to the Professional Licensure Section on the college's distance education authorization page for additional information.    


Perry Health Sciences Admissions
[email protected]

Dental Hygiene Admission Checklist


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:

  • Complete the Wake Tech Community College Application for Admission.

  • Complete the MANDATORY Information Session for Dental Hygiene Sessions are currently only offered online.

  • Request official transcript(s) from high school, or high school equivalency, and previous college(s). Transcripts may be sent electronically to [email protected]Once received, your file will be reviewed for admissions and course placement.   

  • 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.

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 completion of Wake Tech’s chemistry tutorial (CheMOOC); 

  • Once all minimum admissions requirements have been met, including the 20 hours of job shadowing, submit a Clinical Application to be considered eligible for the Dental Hygiene program. Please email your filled clinical application to the Perry Health Sciences Campus Admissions and Academic advisors at [email protected]

    • The Dental Hygiene clinical application period is April 1 through January 31.  Only those applicants who have submitted the Dental Hygiene clinical application will be considered eligible to be ranked for the clinical spaces. 
    • The applicants with the highest number of points (as determined through the competitive ranking process) will be selected for the available clinical slots. As the number of filled slots draws to a close, applicants with equal point totals will be selected by choosing the applicant who has submitted a completed Dental Hygiene clinical application earliest in the application period. If a tie continues, the date the student was accepted as a pre-dental hygiene student will be utilized to break the tie.
    • Important Notice for the 2021 and 2022 Dental Hygiene Clinical Application. The Dental Hygiene Program 20-hour shadowing requirement will be waived. We will accept any completed shadowing hours as supplemental information but will not penalize any applicants who are unable to complete hours.

  • 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.