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If you are interested in our program, you will need to first complete the university application and then submit an additional application to be considered for entry into the program. Students applying to the Dental Hygiene program must also submit copies of their high school transcript and college transcripts to the Dental Hygiene program as well as to the University. All students are required to observe a dental hygienist for a period of two or more hours. Students enter the professional sequence of the curriculum upon successful completion of 32 hours of SPECIFIC University Core and science courses. Students also have the opportunity to enter the baccalaureate degree program by alternative pathways.

Students may be admitted into the program as: 

Freshman: Directly from high school. Prerequisites are met at SIU. Your professional sequence begins your sophomore year. Please refer to our Dental Hygiene Program Application.

Sophomores: Can either transfer into the program from another college or university or take the prerequisites at SIU. Either way, 32 hours of prerequisites must be completed before entering the sophomore year. Please refer to our Dental Hygiene Program Application. 

Degree completion: Any student having earned an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene may apply for degree completion via the Capstone option. This guarantees completion of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 60 hours additional hours of study or less. Please refer to Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Application.

We typically have 36 students entering the professional sequence in the fall of their sophomore year. Prior to entering the professional sequence of the program students must complete the following courses or approved substitutes: ENG 101 and 102-English Composition; MATH 108-College Algebra or 113-Contemporary Math; SPCM 101-Speech Communications; PSYC 102-Introduction to Psychology; SOC 108-Introduction to Sociology; MICR 201-Elementary Microbiology; AHC 141-Introduction to Physiology and Human Anatomy; FN 101-Food and Nutrition; and CHEM 140a-Chemistry. Students must complete these courses with a grade of C or above in order to enter the professional sequence.

Students are accepted into the professional sequence based on: high school GPA and rank in class; ACT/SAT scores; number of completed prerequisite courses; and college GPA.

Applications for admission are available in the fall (for example, applications for Fall 2015 are available in Fall 2014). You must apply by February 16 in order to receive full consideration for admission to the fall semester or the program that year.

All applicants must submit:

High school transcript (applies to applicants entering as freshmen or sophomores) 
ACT/SAT scores (applies to applicants entering as freshmen or sophomores) 
College transcripts (not applicable to applicants in high school) 
Completed dental hygienist observation form (available in application packet) 

You may apply online. You may also call (618) 453-8869 or send us an

Thank you for your interest in our program! 

Policies on Infectious Disease Status and Infection Control

Preventing Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens

The prevention of cross contamination and transmission of infection to all persons, including: patients, Dental Health Care Professionals (DHCP), faculty, students, and non-clinical staff is the professional responsibility of all dental personnel. The SIU Dental Hygiene Program has adopted policies and procedures that represent a comprehensive and practical infection control program, based upon federal guidelines (Center for Disease Control). A fundamental principle of an effective infection control program is to exercise care, precautions and effective control techniques that can keep infectious microbes within manageable limits of the body’s normal resistance to disease. Individuals at high risk of infectious diseases (HBV, HCV and HIV) among DHCP are those who perform tasks that might involve contact with blood, blood-contaminated body substances, other body fluids, or sharps should be vaccinated. Vaccination can protect both DHCP and patients from infectious diseases and whenever possible should be completed when DHCP are in training and before they have contact with blood. Compliance with these policies and procedures are an ethical obligation and responsibility of all participants in the delivery of care at the SIU Dental Hygiene Clinic. 

Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Setting—2003, 12/19/03

52(RR17); 1-61.

Adopted from Chabot Community College, November 2013.