Transfer Student?


Meet an Advisor

Meeting with an advisor will make this process much easier and clearer.

On Dental Hygiene Advising you can view your pre-dental advisor's contact information under "I have not been admitted to the program" box.




Prerequisite courses: Applicants must complete all of the following Dental Hygiene Program prerequisite courses with a final grade of C or better by the application deadline of February 1st. Keep in mind, these prerequisites might also have their own prerequisites.

Course Number Course Name Credits

ENGL 1010*

or ENGH 1005*

College Writing I

Literacies and Composition Across Contexts



CHEM 1110* Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences 4
ZOOL 2320* Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2325* Human Anatomy Lab 1
ZOOL 2420* Human Physiology 3
ZOOL 2425* Human Physiology Lab 1

The following four courses can be taken after applying but must be completed upon starting the program and must be completed with a final grade of C- or better:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MATH 1030 or 1035 or 1040 or 1045* Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Statistics or Statistics with Algebra or a higher level college math course 3/4/5
COMM 1020 Intro to Public Speaking 3
SOC 1010 Intro to Sociology 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3

*You cannot take this course more than TWICE for the admission requirements. If you take this course twice, we will use the grade from the SECOND TIME for admission points.



Admission to UVU

Applicants who are not already a UVU student must apply and be accepted to UVU. To apply, please visit UVU Admissions. To apply for UVU scholarships, students must be a UVU student and have a UV ID number. (This process can take up to 3-4 weeks, so please do this prior to the Dental Hygiene application date if possible.):



Official Transcripts must be either mailed in a sealed envelope from the institution or emailed directly to Shalece Nuttall. This includes UVU transcripts. Please have them mailed or emailed to:

UVU Dental Hygiene Program Advisor
Attn: Shalece Nuttall
800 W. University Pkwy,  MS 314
Orem, UT 84058 

[email protected]



Completion of the Health Science Reasoning Test: Applicants must take the Health Science Reasoning Test given at UVU’s Testing Services Department. The test must be taken between September 1 and January 30. Please contact the UVU Testing Services Department at 801-863-8269 or email them at [email protected] for the cost of the test as well as any other information about the test. This is a timed test. You must bring a voucher and photo ID when taking the test. The voucher can be picked up from the Dental Hygiene academic advisor prior to taking the test. Please call 801-863-5788 to set up an appointment to pick up the voucher.

You may take the test ONE TIME during the above period. UVU Dental Hygiene will not consider scores on the HSRT taken during other application years. The HSRT measures high-stakes reasoning and decision-making processes. The HSRT is specifically calibrated for trainees in health sciences educational programs (undergraduate and graduate) and for professional health science practitioners. Scores on this instrument have been found to predict successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings.


Clinic Hours

Clinical Observation: Before applying to the program, students must submit documentation of 25 hours of observation of a practicing dental hygienist OR 250 paid Dental Assisting hours IN-OFFICE with ADULT PATIENTS in a periodontal and/or general dentistry practice. Observation hours must be completed within the past 6-12 months. Complete and submit the Dental Office Observation Form with appropriate signature.


Letters of Reference

You will need two separate letters of reference written by either an employer/supervisor or academic instructor which include:

  •  A paragraph or sentence that explains how this person knows you.
  •  An evaluation of your skills, accomplishments and/or character traits.

These letters need to come directly from the employer/supervisor in a sealed envelope and must be mailed to this UVU address:

UVU Dental Hygiene Program Advisor
Attn: Shalece Nuttall
800 W. University Pkwy,  MS 314
Orem, UT 84058 



Complete a 2-page essay (double spaced, 12 point font) on why you are a good candidate for the UVU Dental Hygiene Program.



An Application for Associate in Dental Hygiene must be submitted along with an application fee of $50, made payable to UVU Dental Hygiene.

Apply online or download the application:


Finished with all of the prerequisites?

Application Process