Dental Hygiene

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The Application Process

If you hold a high school diploma, a GED, college credits or a degree, and wish to be considered for the Dental Hygiene Program:

  1. Submit RCBC's Admissions Application.

  2. All official high school and college transcripts need to be sent to the 

    Office of Outreach and Admissions 
    900 College Circle 
    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

  3. Take RCBC's Placement Exam, ACCUPLACER, which is used in making placement decisions. Students whom have met the following benchmarks on the SAT, ACT, PARCC exam, or Specific Prior College Coursework are not required to take the ACCUPLACER exam. For more information on this visit: 

    If you are a Transfer student, for more information please visit: 

  4. Submit completed Dental Hygiene Program Application.

  5. If you have any transfer credits, these credits are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar. For any questions on the status of your evaluation contact the Registration Department at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1560.



  • Applications MUST be received by January 31 of the year for which you are applying
  • All OFFICIAL transcripts MUST be RECEIVED by January 31 of the year for which you are applying


Transfer Course

Transfer courses must have the same number of credits to be considered equivalent to Rowan College at Burlington County’s courses. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in the course in order to transfer credit. It is the students' responsibility to follow up with the office of admissions to ensure that all transcripts have been received and evaluated.


Admission to the Program

Academic Admission Criteria:

  1. Graduation from high school or attainment of a GED with successful completion (grade of “C” or better) of high school level algebra and biology with a lab or Elementary Algebra MTH 075, Biology and Human Affairs and lab BIO 120/121. If you have not taken these courses in high school, you may take the equivalent RCBC courses.
  2. Admission to Rowan College at Burlington County.
  3. Completion of all developmental work as determined by the College Assessment Test.
  4. Rowan College at Burlington County grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 with no grade less than a “C”.
  5. Transfer credits must be approved by RCBC no later than January 31 of the year for which the student is applying to begin Dental Hygiene courses.
  6. Anatomy I and II and Microbiology, in order to be used for the DHY Program, must have been completed within 10 years of beginning the DHY Program. Older courses must be retaken. If the final grade was “C” or better, then the course may be audited without taking a lab.

NOTE: In the event that the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available seats, priority will be weighted in this order:

  1. Number of non-dental hygiene credits completed toward the RCBC DHY AAS degree.
  2. Date of application.
  3. RCBC grade point average.
  4. If there is not an RCBC grade point average (because courses have been taken at another institution) all GPAs from other colleges will be averaged to assess final GPA.
  5. If a course has been (repeated/withdrawn/failed) more than twice the candidate will not be considered.
  6. Conditional acceptance letters will be sent in March with instructions for criminal background check and drug testing. If your record is clear, you will be given full acceptance.  

After you have been accepted to the program complete physical examinations are required. Prior to course commencement the student will be given a physical examination form to be completed. This form requires:

  1. Physical examination with complete medical history
  2. Two-step tuberculosis test (single step to be repeated annually)
  3. Lab tests
  4. Current titers for:
    1. Rubella
    2. Rubeola
    3. Varicella
  5. Updated immunization for tetanus (within ten years)
  6. Hepatitis B immunization or written declination (signed waiver on file)

In order to meet the mandatory requirements of our affiliate agencies, all dental hygiene students must annually document proof of medical/health insurance. Insurance may be obtained through the College.  Malpractice insurance is required and is available through the college. Appropriate fees are charged upon registration for dental hygiene courses.


Participating in the Program

Students are required to sit as patients for their student partners.

All students have access to our clinical patient database; however each student is expected to provide their own patients to meet course requirements.

In addition to books and tuition expenses, students should be prepared to purchase clinical supplies such as instruments and infection control disposables.

  • Students will be notified by mail prior to course commencement. Meeting all admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until all places are filled.
  • Accepted students must submit a non-refundable $100 deposit within 15 days of their date of acceptance into the program. This deposit will be applied toward the first tuition payment, after beginning the dental hygiene program of study.
  • Notification of the Dental Hygiene mandatory orientation date will be mailed to each accepted student.
  • Students who are not accepted or who do not accept admission to a specific Dental Hygiene class must submit a new application to be considered for a future class.
  • Waiting lists are not maintained from one year to the next. A new application must be submitted. Applications are accepted as of September 1 of the year prior to the class for which you are applying.