Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications are accepted October 1 through February 15 for review. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the admission meeting of admission status.
Of the 30 seats available each year, spaces are reserved for Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River Community College, Black Hawk College, Southeastern Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College residents; additional at-large spaces are available to include out-of-district applicants.
After the review of applications each student will be offered admission, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission. Alternates will be offered conditional admission as positions on the conditional admission list become available. All students, including those on alternate lists, are required to attend a mandatory meeting to receive program specific information and hear the discussions that take place.
Students who are admitted (including alternates) to Dental Hygiene program must pay a $100 acceptance fee when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place in the program. For the student fully admitted to the program, the $100 will be applied towards the first semester tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money. Alternates who are not admitted will receive a refund.
1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College
2. Meet with the admission counselor working with prospective Dental Hygiene students.
3. Submit official transcripts from high school and all appropriate post-secondary educational institutions.
4. Complete the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
Biology - BIO 101 or its equivalency
Chemistry - CHM 100 or its equivalency
Medical Terminology - MDT 100
5. HOBET V (HOBET V scores may be valid for only one admission cycle):
Reading - minimum score of 60
Math - minimum score of 55
Science - minimum score of 39
English - minimum score of 50
Total Adjusted - minimum score of 53
6. Complete an application for the Dental Hygiene program. Applications are available through the counselor.
Students interested in enrolling in this program may complete as many general education courses as they wish before going through the application process. Although it is not necessary, it is recommended to complete as many of the general education courses prior to the start of the DHG coursework, due to the rigorous quality of the program. General education courses do not have to be taken at Sandburg, although course equivalency should be verified prior to enrolling in courses at other institutions.
NOTE: This program requires a CPR certification prior to entering dental hygiene classes. Details for this requirement are presented at the mandatory meeting.
It is strongly recommended that prospective students study for the HOBET exam. The Sandburg Library has HOBET study guides.
It is strongly recommended that BIO, CHM, and MDT courses be completed no more than five (5) years prior to the starting date of the program. It is highly recommended, but not required, that students taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 211 & 212 or equivalencies) complete both of these courses at the same institution.