Dental Hygiene Admission Requirements
There is no discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, military status or physical disability of individuals. Since there are a limited number of dental units in the teaching clinic, the department must limit the number of students admitted each fall. Doing so provides all students with equal opportunity to practice and develop their clinical skills.
Applications and current transcripts must be received by February 1st. The Director of Admissions, the Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, the Dental Hygiene Department Chairperson, and the Curriculum Coordinator of the Associate level program will begin reviewing applications at that time. The College utilizes a selective admissions process when determining who is offered acceptance. Points are awarded based upon the student’s academic experiences. The applicant’s overall GPA as well as grades in Math and Science courses earn the applicant points on the ranking form. Accepted students will receive letters and are expected to submit a deposit to reserve their spot; and will be required to attend an orientation during the month of May.
Admission Requirements for Direct Admits From High School
High school students who have completed advanced placement or college level courses are expected to fulfill the same requirements of a “transfer student from another college”. High school students with no college level experience will be admitted to the Dental Hygiene Select Program offered on SUNY Canton’s main campus. Students enrolled in this program will complete the required basic sciences and general education courses which include: Oral & Written Communication, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Intro to Cultural Anthropology, Infection Control, Medical Emergencies and Introduction to Dental Hygiene. Students achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher while attending the Select program will be guaranteed admission into the AAS program in Rome the following academic year. Completing the Select Program provides the student with an opportunity to become acclimated to college life, live in a dorm, and complete the basic sciences and general education courses providing more time to focus on the dental sciences once matriculated in the AAS program in Rome.
- High School diploma or a high school equivalent.
- High School GPA of 80 or better.
- Completion of High School Biology with 75% proficiency in both the course and the Regents Examination so they are prepared to take Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Completion of High School Chemistry with 75% proficiency in both the course and the Regents Examination
- Completion of High School Math A with 75% in both the course and the Regents Examination; plus an additional year of defined math
- If the student did not take NYS Regents Examinations in high school, s/he is expected to submit scores for either the ACT or the SAT Examination. Applicants must earn a minimum score on 22 on the ACT Composite, Science & Reading Examination; OR a minimum score of 1030 on the SAT Verbal and Math.
- Completion of the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam, administered at SUNY Canton, to assess reading and writing skills and placement into Oral & Written Expressions.
High School students not meeting these prerequisites may be eligible to enroll in the Health Science Career Studies Certificate program. Once the necessary prerequisites are met, the student may then apply for a curriculum transfer into the Dental Hygiene AAS program.
Admission Requirements for SUNY Canton Students Seeking a "Curriculum Transfer"
- Completion of English 102: Oral & Written Expression
- Completion of BIOL 217: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 218: Human Anatomy & Physiology II with a C grade (2.0) or higher.
- Completion of BIOL 209: Microbiology with a C grade (2.0) or higher
- Completion of the NYS Regents Examination in Chemistry with a 75 or higher OR completion of CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry or CHEM 103: General Chemistry at SUNY Canton with a C grade (2.0) or higher
- Completion of the NYS Regents Examination in High School Math A, plus one additional year of defined math OR completion of MATH 106: Intermediate Algebra with a C grade (2.0) or higher at SUNY Canton
- Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Completion of a Curriculum Transfer Form and approval by the Dean of the School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice
Admission Requirements for a Transfer Student from Another College
- Any individual who has previously registered at another college or university, following graduation from high school is considered a transfer student.
- Application for admission into the dental hygiene program will be considered after receipt of your official high school transcript and all college or university transcripts. Open this pdf file to see a list of equivalent courses that will transfer to SUNY Canton pending completion with a minimum C grade.
- All pre-requisites that are required of the SUNY Canton curriculum transfer students apply to the transfer student.
- This includes complete of Written & Oral Expressions as well as the lab sciences.
- All Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology courses being considered for transfer credit must be 4 credit courses with an attached lab; and a minimum grade of C must be earned in each of these courses.
- Transfer science courses must be no more than 6 years old since the National Licensing Exam tests in these content areas. This includes Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II.
- An overall GPA of 2.75 is required.
- Equivalency credit for all college course work shall be determined by the Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice.
- A college level chemistry and intermediate algebra course with a C grade or higher will be required prior to admission if the student is an out of state resident, or if it is a NYS resident who did not take Regents level courses in high school OR did not achieve the minimum grade of 75 on the NYS Regents in that content area.
Admission Requirements for a Student Transferring from Another Dental Hygiene School
- An individual seeking to transfer with advanced standing must meet the same pre-requisites as others admitted into the program.
- Credit for courses taken at another CODA accredited dental hygiene school will be reviewed on an individual basis. To initiate this review process, the transferring student must submit a transcript and a copy of the course syllabus for each course being considered. The syllabus must include a course description, a list of the topics covered in that course as well as a list of the course requirements. The Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice in consultation with the program director will conduct the evaluation. Dental Hygiene credits transferred into the program must be no more than 3 years old.
- Students transferring into this program must complete a minimum of DHYG 250/251: Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lecture and Clinic as well as DHYG 270: Clinical Dental Hygiene III with a C grade or higher to graduate from the SUNY Canton program.
- Must provide proof of current CPR/AED certification and liability insurance.