Admission into the IPFW Dental Hygiene Program is competitive. Students must apply separately to IPFW and the Dental Hygiene Program.
All applications for admission into the IPFW Dental Hygiene Program must be received by the IPFW Department of Dental Education on or before February 1 of the year in which an applicant desires to enter the program. Late applications will not be accepted. Although the application is due February 1, applicants are given until May 31 to complete all prerequisite courses. Applications must include:
IPFW Dental Hygiene Program Application The application and required forms can be downloaded from the Applications & Forms tab above.
NOTE: Copies of applications from other programs are NOT accepted.
Final transcripts must be received by the Dental Hygiene Program no later than May 25 unless the course ends after May 20, but before June 1. No exceptions are given for prerequisite courses to be completed during summer sessions.
Microbiology BIOL 22000 must be completed with a "C-" or better by the end of the summer sessions before starting the professional program. Since Microbiology is not calculated into the prerequisite GPA for admissions, it may be completed during summer sessions. However, the student's acceptance is based on successful completion of Microbiology with a grade of "C-" or better prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Prior to entering the Dental Hygiene Program, other strongly recommended courses include:
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Eligible applicants are ranked according to their prerequisite grade point averages (GPA's). The average minimum prerequisite GPA of students accepted into the program during the past five years is 3.39/4.0. For the past five years, the IPFW program has averaged approximately 69 applicants per year for the 30 positions we have. If you have any questions, contact the Dental Education Office in Neff 150 at 260-481-6837 or email the Dental Education secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total Credits: 26
NOTE: Microbiology (BIOL 22000) must be completed prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene professional program. Since Microbiology is not calculated into the prerequisite GPA for admission, it may be completed during summer sessions, just prior to admission into the dental hygiene program. However, the student’s acceptance is based on successful completion of Microbiology with a grade of C- or better prior to the beginning of Fall semester. Failure to complete this required corequisite course with a C- or better will result in the student being withdrawn from the professional program and their position given to the next qualified applicant. Microbiology taken more than five years prior to admission into the professional program must be retaken.
Class Selection Process
In the event of multiple applicants who have the same prerequisite GPA, they will be ranked within that prerequisite GPA level by their cumulative GPA.
Priority consideration will be given to students who have completed the required prerequisite courses at IPFW or another Indiana University or Purdue University campus.
Special Academic Regulations
In addition to completion of the required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to meet the following additional requirements:
Tattoos and Head and Neck Piercings
The dental profession is extremely conservative. In clinical settings, tattoos and head and neck piercings are not considered acceptable in the health science professions. If students have tattoos that are noticeable, they must be covered by clothing. If they cannot be covered by clothing, students are required to cover tattoos with bandages. For clinical attire, all head and neck piercings must be removed, including plugs.
All students accepted into the Dental Hygiene program must attend both the College of Health and Human Services orientation and the Dental Hygiene orientation which occur on the same day in the summer.
Because of the experiential learning process used in all dental hygiene courses, attendance is essential and mandatory. Some evening hours are required for additional clinical experiences and professional association meetings.
Compliance: Physicals, Immunizations, TB, CPR, Background Checks, and Potential Drug Screening
Before beginning a Dental Education program, students must submit evidence that they have completed a recent (the summer before the program starts) physical examination, completed recent (the summer before the program starts) TB testing, Hepatitis B immunizations and titer, and hold a current CPR certification at the professional/ healthcare-provider level with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
Reapplying to the Dental Hygiene Program
If you are not selected for admission the first year you apply, a new application will be required for all subsequent years. We strongly encourage you to schedule a meeting with a dental hygiene faculty advisor to review your application and GPA before applying again. In general, students are encouraged to raise their prerequisite GPA's by retaking prerequisites courses before submitting a new application. Contact the Dental Hygiene Program at 260-481-6837 for specific information about the reapplication process and/or to schedule an appointment with a dental hygiene advisor.
Criteria for Dismissal from the Dental Hygiene Program
A student who is dismissed from the program may appeal the decision to the Department of Dental Education. If the student is dismissed for failure to meet the university’s minimum academic standards, application for readmission must follow the procedures established by the university.
Dismissal from the Dental Hygiene Program may result from professional misconduct. Students who have been accepted to the program will receive a program manual at summer orientation that must be read before they start the program.
The College of Health and Human Services Academic and Professional Misconduct Appeals Policy and forms can be found at Student Resources