Oakland Community College


If there are any incomplete (l’s) on your record, they must be processed through the Office of the Academic Dean two (2) weeks prior to the close of the Winter Term. Candidates with any incompletes (I) on their records, must have their records processed through the office of the Academic Dean two (2) weeks prior to the close of Winter Term.

To be eligible for selection, by December 15th of the year preceding intended enrollment into the dental hygiene program:

  1. Have a DHY curriculum designation. All students who apply to the college and indicate “Dental Hygiene” on their application will be given a “DHY” designation. Students who have been enrolled or have currently enrolled and do not have a “DHY” curriculum designation must fill out a Change of Data form at any Enrollment Service office by December 15th.
  2. Have your official OCC folder received by the Highland Lakes Enrollment Services office
  3. Have an accurate address on record
  4. Have an OCC transcript evaluation if you are a transfer student. If you are a transfer student, you must make certain that an official transcript from all previously attended institutions is sent to the Registrar’s Office at the Bee Administration center for official evaluation. All transfer students must complete the last 15 credits hours at OCC.
  5. Have obtained written approval for any course substitution
  6. Have attended a required Dental Hygiene Information Session
  7. Have a grade of “C” or better in each of the courses required for the Dental Hygiene program
  8. Have evidence of high school graduation or GED on file. Current OCC transcript must be on file
  9. Complete a Checklist for Dental Hygiene Program form with a Highland Lakes Counselor
  10. At your appointment with a counselor be sure to bring a copy (can be unofficial) of any or all courses taken with letter grade(s) from other colleges or universities, this must be attached to your final checklist.

Selection into the Dental Hygiene program is based on pre-requisite Grade Point Average. A student who has a lower grade point average than the determined average for that selection year should consider re-taking courses to improve their overall pre-requisite grade point average

Former OCC students who have not registered for classes for a three (3) year period must reapply for admission and make certain they have a DHY curriculum designation. Students who have applied to the College but have not registered for any classes for one year must re-apply. Students graduating from another program and still interested in being considered for Dental Hygiene must re-establish the DHY designation by means of a Change of Data form at a campus Enrollment Service office.

Pre-Requisite Courses for the Dental Hygiene Program:

*BIO 1570 Microbiology of Health and Disease
*BIO 2630 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
*BIO 2640 human Anatomy and Physiology II
*CHE 1320 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
COM 1600 Fundamentals of Speech**
ENG 1510 Composition I
PER 2540 Medical First Responder/First Responder
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology
POL 1510 American Government
SOC 2510 Sociology

HEA 1510 Nutrition (is not a pre-requisite course for the dental hygiene program, but a graduate requirement of the college. The course can be taken during pre-requisite coursework or during enrollment in the dental hygiene program. PLEASE NOTE: HEA 1510 is a pre-requisite for DHY 2280 fourth semester of the dental hygiene curriculum, therefore must be taken prior to the fourth semester.

* These courses must be taken within a five-year period which dates from the session during which the course was taken and closes at the session during which the student begins DHY 1230. If more than five years elapse, the course(s) must be retaken or you must successfully complete a science review course offered by the Dental Hygiene program prior to enrollment into the program.

**As of Winter of 2005, COM 1290, Interpersonal Communication will not substitute for COM 1600

Selection Criteria and Eligibility Status:

To be eligible for selection, all requirements and procedures for admission (outlined in student brochure and information sessions) must be completed by no later than December 15th preceding intended enrollment into the Dental Hygiene program. Applicants will be notified in writing about the result no later than April 15th. Only students who have been accepted will receive a letter of acceptance.

Oakland Community College has an affiliation agreement with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to require an external rotation in their dental facility. Acceptance into the dental hygiene program will now be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background screening including fingerprinting and drug screening (Public Act 28 of 2006) at the student’s expense. If a student’s background check reveals: 1). Conviction of a felony or a conviction of an attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or 2) conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, this will preclude eligibility for admission into the dental hygiene program.