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310 N Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 160
Spokane, WA 99202
EWU Admissions Information
Students who have taken their pre-dental hygiene course work at colleges other than EWU are strongly encouraged to formally apply to the university early in December. This application may be obtained from EWU Admissions Office website, or by contacting the Admissions Office, Sutton Hall, Cheney, WA 99004, 509.359.6200 ext. 2397. The completed application form, along with the university application fee and current, official transcripts, should be submitted at this time. Note: At the end of each succeeding quarter/semester, official copies of transcripts of all college course work must be received by both EWU's Admissions Office and the Dental Hygiene Office.
Students who attended EWU previously, but who are not currently enrolled, need to complete a Former Student Returning Application. This form may be obtained from either the Admissions Office or the Dental Hygiene Office.
Students attending EWU for prerequisites may declare their majors as Pre-Dental Hygiene, BS-DNHY, RPT. This step is completed by filling out the appropriate form http://access.ewu.edu/Documents/Records-Reg/MajorDeclarationForm.pdf.
The Dental Hygiene Department has an admissions essential functions information packet that will let you know the procedures for admission to the university and the Dental Hygiene Department, Eastern Washington University Dental Hygiene Program prerequisites and estimated EWU dental hygiene student expenses. Please click on the link above to download a copy of the Dental Hygiene Department's admissions information packet. Though the department tries to update the information on a regular basis, some of the information may be out-dated. To make sure you have the most current information, it is recommended that you contact one of the dental hygiene advisors with your current information.
Dental Hygiene Program Admissions
Acrobat Reader is required to open the application document. This can be obtained at no cost at www.adobe.com. The dental hygiene application will be available in October. To keep track of your observation hours, please use this form. Please attach this form to your dental hygiene application as documentation of observation hours.
Applications for the Dental Hygiene Program are accepted on the first day of winter quarter instructions, for the following fall's class, http://www.ewu.edu/academics/academic-calendar.xml. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply during the month of January in order for the admissions committee to have time for thorough evaluation.
The final deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Feb. 15, or the next working day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. The applications must be received by the Dental Hygiene admissions committee by the above date.
All applications must be mailed by CERTIFIED MAIL to:
EWU Dental Hygiene Department
310 N Riverpoint Blvd.
#160 Box E
Health Sciences Building
Spokane, WA 99202
A dental hygiene application fee of $42 will be assessed.
Dental Hygiene Application Evaluation
Evaluation of major and minor factors in applicants' files will take place in two stages; the first evaluative stage will take place after the Feb. 15 deadline, and will include grade point average of pre-requisite courses and any dental hygiene course work from any dental hygiene program through the preceding fall quarter/semester. Highest-ranked applicants will be selected to compete in a second evaluative stage in April. During this evaluation stage, winter quarter dental hygiene pre-requisite college grades, a formal interview, as well as other factors, will be considered.
The selection process involves a competitive ranking of major and minor factors. High grade point averages in the dental hygiene pre-requisites, and success in the group interview assessment constitute the major factors for applicants.
The minor factors may include:
- Achievement of a college degree (AA, BA, BS).
- Critical Thinking Exam
One of the following must be completed in order to apply:
- three months minimum paid employment, full- or half-time in a dental office
- 20 documented hours of volunteer work in one or more separate dental offices
- observation of dental hygienists (documented with signatures of a minimum of 20 hours in two or more settings)
NOTE: Students' dental office experience opportunities (with the exception of #3 above) may be limited if Hepatitis B vaccine series has not been initiated or completed.
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status, and the evaluative process is usually completed by mid-April.
Students who are placed on the alternate list are ranked, and should stay in close contact with the Dental Hygiene Office if they are interested in remaining active applicants. Alternates should complete all pre-requisite courses as planned. If a candidate on the accepted list withdraws, alternate candidates will be contacted. This can happen anytime between April and the first day of classes in September.
Since enrollment in the program is limited to 36 students, and the admissions process is competitive, no assurance can be given that all applicants who have completed the pre-requisite course work and have been accepted by EWU, will be admitted into the program.
For further assistance, advisors are available at the Dental Hygiene Office from Sept. 15-Aug. 15, for advising appointments (in person or by phone) and/or tours of the facilities.
Please note: Although the department attempts to update information to this page when changes are made, potential students are always advised to contact the Dental Hygiene Department prior to application for current updates.