Prospective Students

Prerequisites for Admission

Observation Hours


To provide you with a first-hand look at the profession, we ask that all applicants provide documentation of a minimum of 20 hours of observation of dental hygienists in private practice.

  • At a minimum, the 20 hours must include two or more dental hygienists and be conducted in two or more dental practices, including at least one general practice office. Although we encourage more observation, it is not necessary to document hours in excess of the 20 hours required.
  • Observation hours may not be scheduled with a family member and may not take place in a teaching facility such as a college or university or in any office where the prospective student has been employed.
  • Observation hours are subject to verification. You should record the following information as you complete each observation as this information will be requested in the program application:
    • name of dental hygienist observed
    • type of dental practice
    • date(s) of observation
    • total hours with this dental hygienist
    • dental office address and telephone number
    • describe three things you learned at each observation site

A grade of C– or higher is required in each of the program prerequisites listed below. Natural science prerequisites must be completed within the past ten years.

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.7 or higher

Required Science GPA: Average 2.5 or higher

Prerequisite and General Education (GE) Course Requirements

Admission to the dental hygiene program is selective and completive; admission criteria and other important information are available on the dental hygiene website at https://dentistry.osu.edu/prospective-students/dental-hygiene-programs/e....

Students apply to the dental hygiene professional program during autumn semester of the sophomore year for admission in autumn semester of the junior year. Applications are reviewed following receipt of autumn semester grades and students are admitted conditionally on successful completion of their remaining prerequisites prior to program entry.

All program prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring semester prior to matriculation in the dental hygiene major. Below is the suggested deadlines for completing the prerequisites.

Specific Course Prerequisites

Should be completed by:

Anatomy 2300 (or EEOB 2510)

4

End of autumn semester prior to enrollment in the dental hygiene major (the end of autumn semester of the sophomore year for admission in autumn of the junior year).

Biology 1110 (or 1101 or 1113)

4

Chemistry 1110 (or 1210)

5

English 1110

3

Math 1148 (1116 or higher)

3-4

Psychology 1100

3

EEOB 2520 (Physiology)

3

End of spring semester prior to enrollment in the dental hygiene major.

Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310

3

Microbiology 4000.01 or .02

4

Sociology 1101

3

 

Legacy General Education Requirements*

The General Education (GE) courses listed below must be completed by the end of summer semester prior to enrollment in the dental hygiene major

Second Writing Course

3

Choose any course with attribute GE Writing and Communication 2

Historical Study

3

Choose any course with attribute GE Historical Study

Literature

3

Choose any course with attribute GE Literature

Visual and Performing Arts

3

Choose any course with attribute GE Visual and Performing Arts

Culture/Historical/Social Science

3

Choose any course with attribute GE Cultures and Ideas, GE Historical Study or GE Social Science

Open Option

3

Choose an additional course from any GE category except natural science. Foreign language must be at the level of 1103 or higher.

Global Studies

0-6

Courses listed above should be selected so that two courses also have the attribute GE Diversity: Global Studies. Otherwise, choose any two courses with the attribute GE Diversity: Global Studies.

*Students entering the university (not including transfer students) starting in autumn semester 2022 will follow the university's new General Education Program.

New General Education Requirements

 

Foundations: Writing and Information Literacy

3

English 1110* (or Student Choice – see below)

Foundations: Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning/Data Analysis

3-5

Math 1116 or higher* (or Student Choice – see below)

Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts

3

Student Choice

Foundations: Historical & Cultural Studies

3

Student Choice

Foundations: Natural Science

4-5

Chemistry 1110* (or Student Choice – see below)

Foundations: Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

Psychology 1100* (or Student Choice – see below)

Foundations: Race, Ethnic and Gender Diversity

3

Student Choice

Theme: Citizenship for a Diverse & Just World

4-6

Student Choice

Theme: Student Choice

4-6

Student Choice

*Indicates a pre/co-requisite course for this major that also satisfies this GE category. If a student makes an alternate selection in this GE category, they must also complete this course.

Directions for Checking Course Equivalency:

Students who wish to complete the program prerequisites at a different accredited institution must take courses equivalent to the Ohio State course numbers listed above. A transfer matrix is available at transferology.com, and equivalent courses for many schools are available at admissions.osu.edu/standards. Students may also request a Prerequisite Evaluation. Prospective transfer students should reach out to an admissions counselor to discuss course transferability. You can submit a question to an admissions counselor here