Program Admission Requirements
Admission to the Dental Hygiene professional courses is by a special application procedure. The only entry to the professional courses is the fall semester of each year. Specific instructions are provided on the official application available December 1 - February 1. The application process is very specific and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is very competitive.
To be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene professional courses, a student must request an application after December 1. All application material must be submitted to the Dental Hygiene Program office by February 1. Students should have completed or be able to complete the following general education and support and related requirements prior to the fall semester entry:
1. ENGL 1113, English Composition I*
2. ENGL 1213, English Composition II*
3. CHEM 1114, Introductory Chemistry*
4. CHEM 1124, Introductory Organic and Biochemistry*
5. LFSC 2035, Principles of Microbiology* OR
HSBC 1224, Intro to Clinical Microbiology*
6. SPCH 1213, Fundamentals of Speech*
7. SOC 1113, Introduction to Sociology*
8. POLS 1113, American Federal Government
9. HIST 1483 or 1493, U.S. History
10. PSYC 1113, Introduction to Psychology*
11. HES 2323, Nutrition*
*A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher must be maintained in the above general courses with a grade of "C" or higher received in each of the courses marked by an asterisk (*). The Internet address for Oklahoma Higher Education course transfer information is: http://www.okhighered.org.
Stale Credit: Effective December 1, 2003, coursework in Nutrition, Microbiology, Introductory Chemistry, Introductory Organic/Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must have been completed within seven (7) years of application.
Effective August 1, 2009: CHEM 1124 Introductory Organic/Biochemistry must be completed byt the end of the spring semester of the entry year.
Effective August 1, 2009: ACT scores must be within three (3) years of the spring semester of the entry year. Compass scores must be within three (3) years of the spring semester of the entry year.
Application Information: To be eligible for consideration to the Dental Hygiene professional courses, a student must apply and be accepted. The official RSC Dental Hygiene Program application will provide detailed and accurate directions. The following application procedure is an example of the procedure. The applicant pool is strong and admission is very competitive. A strong academic record and familiarity with admission procedures and criteria is critical to success.
1. Complete an Application for Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. (Request application after December 1, and submit all application materials prior to the deadline). The application to the College is not the application to the Dental Hygiene Program.
2. Forward "official" transcripts from all colleges attended. Copies are accepted if official transcripts are on file with Rose State College Admissions. Earned college academic degrees should be posted on the transcript.
3. Complete the Enrollment Form indicating the courses enrolled in for the current spring semester and planned summer semester.
4. Dental office observation or employment is required for application consideration. Provide information about employment or observation (other than as a patient) in a dental office on specific form provided with application. Complete student portion of the Dental Office Employment/Observation form. The dentist must sign and verify your activities and approximate dates and time involved. The form MUST be submitted prior to the application deadline. Letters of reference are not utilized. A point will be awarded if observation totals 32-40 documented hours.
5. ACT scores are required. Submit a copy of ACT scores. Call 733-7320 for information regarding registration for the ACT examination. The residual ACT is acceptable. Online ACT registration for the National ACT exam can be completed at www.actstudent.org The composite score is utilized and it is acceptable and encouraged to retake the exam to improve score and increase points earned.
6. COMPASS test scores are required for Program application consideration. You must submit a copy of the scores prior to the application deadline. Minimum reading levels may be required for application consideration. It is advisable to submit current scores. Call 733-7320 for information regarding COMPASS testing and Test Center hours.
The COMPASS Assessment Tests for Writing Skills, Reading Skills and the COMPASS Pre-Algebra/Numerical skills must be taken prior to admission to the DH programs. The COMPASS Assessment is given in the Testing Center, Student Services Building, Room 210. Students can only take the COMPASS Assessment twice during one enrollment period. Eligibility for re-testing will be determined by the counselors in SSB 100. A photo I.D. is required. Test results are available immediately and entered into your student file on the College database. If the COMPASS Assessment scores are below the minimum standard required, you must seek academic advisement for remediation.
7. Interviews with the Director of the Dental Hygiene Program and a member of the Dental Hygiene faculty will be scheduled in late March. The number of completed required science courses, test scores and grade point average may affect the opportunity to schedule an interview. All applicants are notified by mail by mid March of application status.
8. Points may be earned if you are currently a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), and/or have current dental assisting expanded duty permits from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. Graduation from an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation Dental Assisting Program as well as earned academic degrees earn points. Points may be earned with documentation of degree awarded: Associate; Baccalaureate; Masters.
9. Your application will not be considered unless ALL documentation is submitted. All application materials must be received by the Dental Hygiene Program office no later than February 1.The appropriate address for mailing material is:
Rose State College Dental Hygiene Program 6420 S.E. 15th Street Midwest City, OK 73110
Failure to designate DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM as a part of the address may result in a delay or loss of materials.
10. Criminal History and Drug Testing: Rose State College Health Sciences Division students are required to complete a criminal background check, sex offender check, and drug testing prior to the beginning of the program and clinical assignments. An Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) criminal and sex offender history report is required. Students will be required to complete a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Panel 5 drug test to screen for amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP and opiates. Students are responsible for the costs of these services. Information regarding completion of these requirements will be provided during the application and orientation process. Additional information on these policies is available upon request. Criminal convictions may prohibit a graduate from obtaining a license to practice dental hygiene.
11. Students with a history of latex sensitivity or allergy are cautioned about selecting a career as an allied dental healthcare professional. Consultation with a physician is recommended if a history of allergy or sensitivity is present.
The COMPASS Assessment Tests for Writing Skills, Reading Skills and the COMPASS Pre-Algebra/Numerical Skills MUST be taken prior to admission to the DH Program. The COMPASS Assessment is given in the Testing Center, Student Services Building, Room 210. Contact the Testing Center at (405) 733-7320 for information. Students can only take the COMPASS Assessment twice during one enrollment period. Eligibility for re-testing will be determined by the counselors in SSB 100. A photo I.D. is required. Test results are available immediately and entered into your student file on the College data base. If the COMPASS Assessment scores are below the minimum standard required, you must seek academic advisement for remediation. Forms to take the COMPASS tests are provided in the Student Services Building, Room 100.
Interviews with the Director of the Dental Hygiene Program and faculty will be scheduled in late March. The number of completed required science courses and grade point average may affect the opportunity to schedule an interview. Points may be earned if you are currently a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), and/or have current dental assisting expanded duty permits from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. All application materials must be received by the Dental Hygiene Program Office no later that February 1. If you have attended another college or university, you must submit an official college transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records. Upon submission of your official College transcripts, you must request a Degree Audit from the Office of Admissions and Records. The Degree Audit verifies acceptance by Rose State College of credit hours earned from another institution of higher education (within or outside the state of Oklahoma). Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Students are responsible for obtaining and submitting all required documentation by the application deadline. All application information and documentation will become part of the application file and will not be returned to the applicant.