Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions FAQs

Who can provide me with information about admission into the program?

The Health Sciences Advidsing office handles all admissions correspondence. Please visit Health Sciences Admissions for more information or call 919-747-0402 to reach an admissions counselor.

Are letters of recommendation required for admission? Is an admissions interview necessary?

No. Letters of recommendation and interviews are neither required nor considered in the admissions process. Admissions criteria are based on objective rather than subjective data.

Are courses transferred from another college accepted as transfer credit into Dental Hygiene?

Once a student is accepted into the Dental Hygiene program, transcripts are reviewed by Health Sciences Admissions to determine transfer credit. Only courses completed at a regionally-accredited institution within the U.S., in which the student has earned a grade of “C” or better, are eligible for credit. Following the review, the student is notified of coursework that may need to be completed.

How do I change my curriculum code to Dental Hygiene?

The first step is to attend an information session on Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting. You may then schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor to make the change.

As a graduate of Wake Tech’s DA program, am I required to send my high school transcripts?

Generally, no. Transcripts are stored on microfiche in the Admissions office; however, double check with Admissions to be certain.

Does Wake Tech have a waiting list for the Dental Hygiene Program?

No, names are not placed on a wait list. Students not admitted to a program must reapply the following year and compete for a slot in the program with a new pool of applicants.

Why does Dental Hygiene have limited enrollment?

Our accreditation standards dictate that the number of students enrolled must be proportionate to the resources available to the program. Under consideration are: patient supply, financial support, size of facilities (number of clinic and lab stations), equipment and technology available and number of qualified faculty.

Dental Hygiene Program FAQs

Why is the program so competitive?

Dental Hygiene is a licensed profession that is very rigorous in its education.  It has made the lists of best programs for the earnings you can make compared to the degree needed to enter the profession and has put the profession in high demand.  But, based on the accreditation standards for our program, we limit enrollment based on resources available, including the number of chairs available in the clinic.

Why do you accept only 24 or 25 students?

Our accreditation standards dictate that the number of students enrolled must be proportionate to the resources available to the program. Under consideration are patient supply, financial support, size of facilities (number of clinic and lab stations), equipment and technology available and number of qualified faculty.

Our clinic has 23 dental chairs, thereby allowing for 24-25 students, as at least one or two students rotate during each clinic session into on-campus or off-campus rotations that don’t require a chair.  We normally accept 24 so that we have an even number of students for partner activities.


What skills are necessary to be a successful DH student?

Students need to excel in sciences, be organized, be dedicated to the program and diligent in their studies.  They need to have strong psychomotor skills and spatial relations.  Students need to be good problem solvers.  In addition, when working with patients they need to be firm when needed and empathetic when needed.  Good listening and communication skills are necessary.  Being flexible is needed as each patient is different – we can’t be black and white in our profession as we will deal with a lot of gray.  But, of utmost importance is being ethical and of good moral character.

Does my citizenship/student status impact me getting in program and obtain the DH license?

The program follows guidelines for admission related to residency status.  You may graduate from the program and not be a U.S. citizen but may not be eligible for a dental hygiene license.

In the state of NC, to obtain a DH license you need to be a U.S. citizen or hold a green card.  If you are on a student Visa (F-1 Visa) or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) individual, at this time you are not eligible for licensure after graduation.  For more information visit the NC State Board of Dental Examiners at

Why does it appear I can take the general education courses and core courses at the same time?

The program design for an AAS program in NC needs to reflect that the program can be completed in two years.  However, students are more successful in the program if the non-DEN courses are taken ahead of the DEN courses in the curriculum.  They are part of the competitive admissions process.

Why can’t I enroll in the DEN classes prior to being accepted into the program?

The Dental Hygiene Program has a lock-step curriculum.  The DEN classes are sequenced to build upon information in each course and gain knowledge to form the foundation for other courses.  They must be taken in order as listed on the Program Planning Guide.  In addition, per our accreditation standards, to take the DEN courses you must be accepted into the program and coded as a Dental Hygiene student.

If I have a bachelor’s degree, will the program still take 2 years to complete?

Yes, it is a lock-step curriculum with courses that must be taken in the order of the Program Planning Guide.  The program also has 5 clinical courses that each are pre-requisites to each other, so each student will be enrolled for at least 4 semesters and a summer term in between.

What’s a day in the life of a Dental Hygiene student?

Students are in classes M-F, 8 am – 5 pm.  While not all time is scheduled during the week, students are asked to hold these times in case of any make-up sessions, Individualized Learning Center Skills labs sessions, open labs, and clinic chart room time.  Many students choose to study during the day between classes on campus.  Students also have several labs and clinics in addition to lecture classes, so it is busier than the schedule looks.  They spend most evenings and weekends studying as well – it is a full-time commitment to be in the program.

Can I work while in the clinical program?

It is not recommended to work during the program, especially not full-time.  Classes are scheduled M-F, 8 am – 5 pm.  But if we have weather delays or cancellations, etc. we need to make up all clinics/labs/classes missed and may need to schedule on an evening or weekend.

What’s the clinical schedule?

The clinic schedules vary by semester.  Preclinic is two, 3-hour sessions.  Clinic I is two, 4.5-hour sessions.  Clinics II, III and IV are three, 4-hour sessions. All sessions are scheduled M-F between 8 am and 5 pm.

What are the patient requirements?

Patient requirements vary by semester and year and may change.  They are reviewed at the start of each semester along with syllabus review for our clinical courses.

Students will treat patients in all age range categories – pedo, adolescent, adult and geriatric.  Pedodontic begin at age 4.

Students will also be required to treat patients with special needs, and a variety of levels of gum health and tartar will also be treated.

How are patients located for the clinic?

Students are required to help locate patients for the clinic and are supplemented by a clinic pool of patients.

Only Wake Tech approved ads can be used to recruit patients, that are supplied to the students once accepted into the program.

What’s the cost of the program?

This is outlined on our website under the tab “Costs”.  It tends to increase annually but estimates for the first-year total just over $8,000.00 and for second year the total is approximately $6,000.00.