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Admission Requirements

Admission to The University of Texas School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program requires satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites courses from an accredited school. A grade of at least C must be earned in each of the required courses while maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Please see important information below regarding the Health Science Reasoning Test, an admission's requirement that began Spring 2014. 

Prerequisites for Certificate Program

Class Name Semester Hours
English Composition I 3 semester hours
Fundamentals of Speech 3 semester hours
General Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 semester hours *
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 semester hours *
Chemistry 4 semester hours *
Microbiology 4 semester hours *
Nutrition 3 semester hours
Computer Science 3 semester hours *
Total Semester Hours 34

* Laboratory time is required

Prerequisites for Baccalaureate Degree Program

Class Name Semester Hours
Communications  
English 6 semester hours
Speech 3 semester hours
Mathematics  
College Math or higher 3 semester hours
Natural Sciences  
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 semester hours *
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 semester hours *
Chemistry 4 semester hours *
Microbiology 4 semester hours *
Humanities  
Literature, Philosophy, Modern or Classical
Language, Cultural Language, Cultural Studies
3 semester hours
Visual and Performing Arts  
Arts, Dance, Music, Drama, Theatre 3 semester hours
Social and Behavioral Science  
Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
U.S. History 6 semester hours
3 hours each in Texas and American History or 6 hours in American History
American Government 6 semester hours
Must include a study of the Texas Constitution
Computer Science 3 semester hours *
Electives 4 semester hours**
Nutrition 3 semester hours
Total Semester Hours 62

*Laboratory time is required

**The following are recommended elective courses to enrich the student's dental hygiene education to the fullest: foreign language, research design, statistics and sciences; non-PE, non-remedial.

The TOEFL test is required if the applicant did not attend high school in the United States.  The exception to this requirement: If the applicant holds an Associate Degree or higher degree from a US accredited institution, the TOEFL test is not required.

All applicants for the Dental Hygiene Program are required to take the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) as part of a holistic application process. This is a computer based test that is specifically designed to measure critical thinking skills.  The test consists of critical thinking questions in health sciences contexts, although no specialized technical knowledge is required. For more information contact Susan Lester at 713-486-4084. An appointment is required and all testing will take place in the Training Room (SOD-4226) inside the Library (SOD-4200) at the UTHealth School of Dentistry located at 7500 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77054. The cost of the exam is $15.00. Please bring a check or money order payable to UTHSC. We do not accept cash or credit cards.    

Please contact Mrs. Susan Lester @ 713-486-4084 to set-up an appointment to take the HSRT on any of the following dates/times:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17,2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.