Admission Requirements

Admission criteria and application procedures are subject to change. Please contact the Director of Dental Hygiene Admissions for updated information.

Prerequisite Courses

Admission policy requires the following prerequisite science and general education courses.

*Science

Courses Credits
Anatomy 4
College Chemistry 4
Microbiology 4
Physiology 4

+General Education

Courses Credits
College English I 3
College English II 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Principles of Speech 3

 

* Science prerequisite courses must include a laboratory and be completed at a GPA 2.75 or greater, and completed within five years prior to admissions. Most competitive applicants will have a science grade point average above 3.0. The average science grade point for admitted students in recent years was 3.1 – 3.2.

+ General education prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years prior to admissions.

Overall prerequisite courses must be completed at a GPA 2.50 or greater. Most competitive applicants will have an overall prerequisite grade point average above 3.0. The average grade point for admitted students in recent years was 3.2 – 3.3.

NOTE: To be a candidate for first selection of applicants all prerequisite courses must be completed by the application deadline February 15 annually.

Prerequisite courses

Prerequisite courses may be completed at other accredited post-secondary institution. Transfer credits will be awarded for courses completed with a grade of “C” or better. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and be in good academic standing. Evaluation of an applicant’s qualification is based on prerequisite course work, grade point average, and statement of interest, autobiographical sketch/essay, and letters of recommendation.

Credits received during the dental hygiene program at Howard University can be applied to obtaining a baccalaureate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University, or in a degree completion program at another institution. Students interested in obtaining a baccalaureate degree at Howard University after completion of the two-year dental hygiene program must apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.