Application & Admission Procedure

Applications are available after mid-November. All high school and college transcripts and ACT scores must be received along with the application by March 1st.   When the application is available, the link located below will be active.

 

The Dental Hygiene Technology Program provides students with a general education and a comprehensive clinical dental hygiene experience that prepares them for a career in the dental hygiene profession. The program includes clinical experience in treating patients throughout the lifespan with normal oral care and general systemic conditions. All phases of dental hygiene education are covered and practiced by clinical experience.

The program consists of 52 hours of dental hygiene courses and 37 academic hours.

The MDCC Dental Hygiene Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. They are eligible to write the National Board of Dental Examiners, as well as individual state board examination for dental hygiene licensure.

Legal Limitations for Employment as a DH:
According to Mississippi State Law, an individual may not be eligible for employment in a health care agency if the person has ever been convicted of a felony, or plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (f), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust or aggravated assault, of felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Meet general admission requirements.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET).
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 18 (15 if taken before October 28, 1989) OR a minimum ACT score of 16 to 17 (12 to 14 if taken before October 28, 1989) and have completed at least 12 semester hours with a “C” average or better in courses approved by the DH program.
  • Take the entrance test at the applicant’s own expense. Must be taken within 18 months of application deadline
  • Observe a registered dental hygienist.

Procedure

Applicants must complete a Dental Hygiene Technology Application Packet. The following documents must be on file in the Dental Hygiene office by March 1 to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Technology Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Dental Hygiene Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript from all colleges previously or presently attending
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test scores
  • One academic and one personal/work reference form

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

Selection

No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, performance on core courses, and references submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:

  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of “C” or better during the summer session or regular session prior to admission to the DH program
  • Satisfactory completion of Healthcare Providers CPR taught during the summer
  • Satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • Health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis-B vaccination series, Tdap booster and TB skin test
  • Acceptable pre-admission drug screen

Student Responsibilities

Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • Attend a DHT orientation session.
  • Be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Dental Hygiene Technology students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, background check, Hepatitis B vaccination series, national and state certification examination fees, accident insurance, and registry review seminars. Fees are not limited to these listed.
  • Be responsible for their own transportation to the college campus and community agencies
  • Female students are encouraged to follow the pregnancy policy

Progression

A Dental Hygiene Technology student must maintain a grade of “C” in all Dental Hygiene Technology core courses to progress in the program. Additionally, a student must obtain a grade of “C” in all DHT co-requisite courses to graduate from the program.

Policy on Readmission to Health Science Programs

A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.

Resources

Pregnancy Policy
Rating Scale for Admission
Core Performance Standards
Course Check Sheet