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Dental Hygiene Program

Dental Hygiene FAQ's

How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?
The Dental Hygiene Program is 2 academic years in length with a summer session included.  All traditional college holidays are observed.

What is the degree granted at the end of the curriculum?
Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program students are granted an Associate of Applied Science degree.

What is the schedule like?
Students are in class full time on a daytime schedule, four-five days a week. Each semester is slightly different, but most classes end at 5:00 pm. Clinic preparation begins at 7:30 AM for morning clinic and 12:30 PM for afternoon clinic.

How much does the program cost?
Including tuition, books, instruments and clinic supplies, immunizations, uniforms and board exam fees, the cost is approximately $14,500.00 for out-of district students.  Students are required to purchase and wear scrubs to wear in any lab or clinic setting.

What entrance Exam is Required?
The pre-entrance exam for dental hygiene applicants is the ATI-TEAS

When will I be notified?
Applicants will be notified mid-March of the results of the application process.

Is there a waiting list?
Blinn College Dental Hygiene will not keep a waiting list from one year to the next.  Each applicant must reapply the following year if they are not accepted to the program by the fall start date.  We will, however, maintain an alternate list for the application cycle, should an accepted applicant decline entry into the program.

What else is required?
Once accepted, students will receive a packet of information regarding drug testing, criminal background clearance and immunization requirements.

How do I get a license to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist?

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE)
  • Successful completion of a regional clinical examination
  • Successful completion of state jurisprudence, laws, rules and regulations
  • Once you have satisfied these requirements, you may apply to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for licensure in Texas. 
  • If you are seeking licensure in another state, please investigate licensure requirements for that state.

You are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam during the spring semester of your final year in the Dental Hygiene Program.   You are eligible to sit for a clinical exam near graduation of your final semester, or after graduation.

How many times a year will Blinn College admit a new dental hygiene class?
Our program, like many of the others in the state, accepts and admits one class per year in the Fall semester.

Do I need prior work experience in a dental office to be considered for admission?<
Points are awarded in the application rubric for any work experience.  It is helpful to have some dental office experience to solidify your personal and career goals, but is not required.
We do, however, require a minimum of 16 hours of observation of a dental hygienist

I took Anatomy and Physiology ten years ago. Will I need to retake the course?
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1, BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology 2 MUST be no more than 5 years old when applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology MUST be no more than 3 years old.

If I fail a course and retake it, which grade do you consider in the application process?
The highest grade earned will be used in the points rubric for course completion.  Both grades will be calculated in the GPA.

Application Rubric: subject to change each application cycle
For Fall, 2017:

  • GPA : 15%
  • Grades in general academics: 28%
  • Sciences : A=5 points, B=3 points, C=0 points
  • Other general academics: A=2 points, B=1 point, C=0 points
  • ATI TEAS : 46%
  • “other”: 11% (employment, observation, community service, hours in college, degrees awarded

Entrance into the Dental Hygiene is very competitive. It is not unusual for applicants to have a 3.4-3.6 in the pre-requisite courses and more A’s than B’s in the general education courses. By utilizing a points rubric, however, we are confident that we will accept the very best students, utilizing a multi-factorial approach to admission.

Blinn College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities. For information regarding Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and other anti-discrimination coordinators, see the Required Notices link on the Blinn College main webpage.