How to apply to Dental Hygiene

Application process on hold

Due to a change of instructional location, the 2020-21 application process for Dental Hygiene is on hold until further notice.

Questions about the application process? 
Lyubov Braga, Program Coordinator

Or make a group advising appointment

Admission Requirements


A limited number of student position are available in the Dental Hygiene program. We currently have openings for 24 students for the next enrollment cycle.

To be eligible for selection consideration, applicants must complete all prerequisites with a 2.5 grade or higher. Prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application, AND must be complete by the end of Winter Quarter (see prerequisite list for exception). Required science classes must have been taken within seven (7) years of application (virtual or online labs with science courses WILL NOT be accepted.) Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses WILL NOT be accepted for transfer of prerequisites.

Selection Process

Selection is based on a point system used to rank applicants. Points are gained from the prerequisite courses (historically, above a 3.5 GPA), work and educational experience and interview.

50%--academics (grades of prerequisite courses)

20%--work and educational experience, if any


Dental Hygiene student must possess skills essential to performing dental hygiene functions as outlined in the Dental Hygiene application information.

The selection process is reviewed each year.

Download Admissions Points Form


Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the Dental Hygiene program.

Online applications are accepted once a year and must be submitted with all required records between January 15-Feburary 15 to be considered for Fall entry. Each applicant must meet all college admissions requirements as well as follow all college policies and procedures.

The following prerequisite course requirements have been established:

Download the prerequisite checklist

Meet with your advisor early in the process to assist you in managing your educational plan for eligibility to apply to the dental hygiene program.

Courses listed are course numbers offered at Shoreline Community College. Courses from other college which appear to be equivalent may be accepted with approval.


For those students taking the prerequisite courses at another university located within Washington State, use the Dental Hygiene Course Equivalency Chart. The courses on this chart will substitute for the Shoreline Community College prerequisite courses.

If the course on the chart no longer exists, or you wish to substitute another course, complete and submit  a Review of Course Equivalency Form, along with a copy of your transcripts (follow directions on the form). This is the only way to be 100% sure your course can be substituted for application to the Shoreline Dental Hygiene Program.

Results of evaluation of your courses for transfer will be sent to you via email within one week, but may take longer. Please plan accordingly.

Applicants must receive a minimum of a 2.5 in each prerequisite course (Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grades are not acceptable). All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene program.

These courses must have been completed within seven years of entrance into the program: CHEM&122, CHEM&131, BIOL&211, BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&260 and NUTR&101.


Application Process 

  1. If you are new to Shoreline Community College, your first step is to apply to the college to receive a student ID number (SID) and PIN number.
    Apply to Shoreline Community College  
  2. Dental Hygiene program application is completed and submitted ONLINE with $20.00 nonrefundable processing fee with CREDIT/DEBIT Card ONLY.

    Due to change in instructional location, the 2020-21 application process for Dental Hygiene is on hold until further notice 

  3. Submit additional materials by the application deadline (incomplete files will not be processed):
    Work Experience Verifications form(s), signed by supervisor 
    Copy of official transcripts  
    Send to: 
    16101 Greenwood Ave N 
    Shoreline, WA 98133 

After Acceptance 

PLEASE NOTE: Upon acceptance, you will be receive notification to submit the required documents:

  • Acceptance letter and submission of $175 acceptance fee (going toward American Dental Hygiene Association and Washington Dental Hygiene Association membership)
  • Must pass a criminal history background check ( 
  • Provide proof of vaccinations 
  • Current Provider First Aid Card (Note: CPR/AED will be taught the second quarter in the dental hygiene program before treating patients)