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How to Apply: Dental Hygiene BSDH

Conditional Acceptance Requirements

Applicants must…

  • have graduated with an associate degree, from a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have an active RDH license OR
    • be enrolled and in good standing in the TJC AAS DH program.
    • be newly accepted into the TJC AAS DH program, and have received their email showing conditional acceptance.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • be within 12 hours of Core Complete (general education courses)

Application Periods

May 11th to August 10th @ 5:00PM
Applicants selected will begin classes in the following fall semester.

August 11th  to December 10th @ 5:00PM
Applicants selected will begin classes in the following spring semester.

December 11th to May 10th @ 5:00PM
Applicants selected will begin classes in the following summer semester.

Documents Necessary to Complete the Online Submission Form

Before clicking the “Online Submission Form”, make sure the necessary documents have been completed and saved in a PDF format for uploading.  Forms necessary for submission include:

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all necessary documents outlined in the Guidelines for Admission are completed and submitted, including any additional supporting documentation, through the Online Submission Form.

Submitting Your Application (Online Submission Form)

The BSDH program is a selective admissions program. This means applicants need to submit a separate application (Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Degree Application) to be considered for a position in the program.  Applicants will also submit a worksheet (Worksheet – BSDH Program), which will calculate their total points. 

The Guidelines for Admission document outlines the admission requirements in detail.  It has been designed to easily guide you through the application process.

Once you have downloaded and completed the application and worksheet, click below to apply and upload the required documents (PDF files only).



How do I know if I’m core complete?

Graduates from all colleges in Texas should have a core complete status listed on their official transcripts.  Current TJC students can check in Apache Access-Degree Works, to see if they have met the core requirements.  If you are unsure of your core status, contact a nursing & health sciences academic advisor.  You can also visit the TJC website to see what courses are required.

I have been a TJC student in the past; do I still have to apply to the college again?

Yes, if it has been more than 2 semesters since you were last enrolled in classes at TJC, you will need to apply again, online.

I’m currently enrolled in the TJC AAS Dental Hygiene Program; does that mean I am automatically accepted in the BSDH program?

No, you must apply for admission to the BSDH program.  Space is limited and will be filled based on the point system outlined in the Baccalaureate Degree Dental Hygiene Program Guidelines for Admission.

I graduated from an AAS Dental Hygiene Program outside of Texas, do I still have to be core complete, or within 12 hours of core complete?

Yes, all applicants considered for admission into the TJC BSDH program, must be within 12 hours of core completion or core complete.

I only want to take one class at a time, can I still apply to the program?

Yes. However, we encourage applicants to follow the degree plan and take at least two courses per semester.

Do I have to take all of my core classes before applying to the program?

No, you do not have to be core complete.  You must, however, be within 12 hours of core complete.

Can I take all of the DHYG courses before I take the last few general education courses?

Yes.  If you are within 12 hours of core completion and you are accepted into the BSDH program, you are allowed to take all of the DHYG courses and can finish your general education whenever you choose (during or after you take the DHYG courses). You WILL have to complete ALL classes before you are issued the BSDH degree.

Do I have to take MATH 1342 (Statistics) before I’m accepted? 

No, but you will need to complete MATH 1342 prior to taking DHYG 3330-Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Practice.  It is a pre-requisite for this course.

If I’m not accepted the first time I apply, do I have to complete all of the paperwork to apply again the next application period?

Yes, you will need to update your worksheet with any additional courses you completed since your last application.  You will need to update your application with the semester you are requesting to start.  You do not have to resubmit college transcripts unless you have completed course work at a college other than TJC since you last applied.

If I have only attended TJC, do I have to request a transcript evaluation from the registrar’s office?


I’ve taken Algebra and I’m core complete for math.  Can I substitute the math course I’ve completed for MATH 1342?

No. MATH 1342 is a pre-requisite course for DHYG 3330 and must be completed before you are allowed to register for that course.

I live outside the area and I want to complete my core classes at my local college.  Is that OK?

Yes, you are allowed to complete your core at the college of your choice, but it must transfer to TJC as a course equivalent.  If you complete your core classes at a different institution AFTER you have finished your BSDH courses at TJC, you will need to submit a transcript to the registrar’s office showing completion of those core courses, and request a transcript evaluation.  Once complete, you may apply for graduation from TJC.