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Western Oregon University

Pre-Dental Hygiene Preparation

 

Advisor:  Sarah Boomer

Email:  boomers@wou.edu

Phone:  (503) 838-8209

FAX:  (503) 838-8072

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Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Dental Hygiene is extremely competitive because there are few programs in Oregon.  Admission depends on GPA, writing/personal statement, professional/leadership experience, and specific coursework.  Most admission points are awarded on GPA and anything lower than a B is detrimental.  Many programs have unique requirements, including specialty courses or proficiency exams that are taken at the time of admission.  Students typically spend 2 years completing pre-requisite coursework before competing for admission to a Dental Hygiene Program – which WOU does not have on campus (i.e. you will be moving to another place to finish your actual Dental Hygiene training!).  These 2 years of pre-dental hygiene courses do not count for a WOU degree and are most suitable for building Health or Education degrees – not Biology.  Although this summary is as current as possible, students should ALWAYS check most recent program links above to confirm the following information is accurate as programs do change.  I also strongly recommend every applicant fill out specific program applications (for themselves only) at the end of their first year just to see what it feels like and make sure they understand ALL requirements.  They should also contact specific program admissions offices to become acquainted with the people who will ultimately be evaluating them.

 

General Summary of All Program Pre-Requisites – Also Visit Specific Sites Below

 

OIT*

PU

PCC

LCC

MHCC

Science/Math

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry

104-6

104

104-6

See**

104-6

Biology/Anatomy/Physiology

102, 234-6

102, 234-6

102, 234-6

102, 234-6

102, 234-6

Microbiology

318

318

318

318

 

Algebra

111

 

099

099

099

Statistics

 

243

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Education

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition

325

 

325

325

 

Psychology

 

201

201

201

 

Speech

111

112

111

111

 

Communications Elective

 

3 credits

 

 

 

Writing/Introduction

115, 135

115

135

135

115 or 135

Technical Writing

 

 

 

321 or 323

 

Sociology

223 or 224

223

223

223

 

Social Science Elective

 

3 credits

 

 

 

Arts Elective

 

3 credits

 

 

 

Humanities Electives

 

15 credits

 

 

 

Dental Hygiene

YES*

 

 

 

 

Medical Terminology

YES*

 

 

 

 

*OIT requires “Introduction to Dental Hygiene,” on-line via OIT’s Distance Education Program;  they also will be requiring a Medical Terminology Course likely for the 2010 year applicants, this is not available at WOU – check various community colleges, which offer it on-line. 

**LCC requires a specialty course only they offer - Chemistry/Cell for Health Occupations.

 

Several programs also require additional proficiency exams be taken for admission.

Several programs also have minimum grade requirements for each course – typically B or C.

Several programs also require verified observation/practicum hours in a dental setting.

 

OIT Now REQUIRES the HESI Exam, typically required for nursing school.  Here is a summary of this exam:  http://www.chamberlain.edu/hesi-admission-assessment-exam-faqs

You must sign up for the exam using the OIT website

 

 

Some Oregon Dental Hygiene Program Links

Pacific University Program

Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116-2328

(503) 352-2131

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OIT/ODS Program

Campuses in Salem and Klamath Falls

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National Association Links


 

Other WOU Advising Resources You Should Know About

Academic Advising and Learning Center:  general coursework planning, AP401 (8-8428)

Financial Aid Office:  financial aid questions, AD310 (8-8475)

Student Health and Counseling Center:  personal, SH101 (8-8801)

Office of Student Affairs: communicating emergencies, Debbie Diehm (8-8221, diehmd@wou.edu)