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Dental Hygiene Competitive Entry

Competitive Entry (CE)

Getting Started:

  • Apply to CNCC
  • Submit an Official Transcript to the CNCC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program -  Application Form
  • 8 hour observation and/or office experience
  • A reference letter from the office you did your observation must complete the Reference Form. (Simply copy and paste this link to and email and send to your reference. Upon completion, the form will be sent directly to the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.)
    • Attach a typed 400-700 word letter in APA format, addressing the following:
    • Reasons for your interest in dental hygiene
    • Life experiences and personal qualities that make you believe that dental hygiene study is appropriate for you.
    • Personal strengths and challenges as you anticipate becoming a dental hygienist.
    • Something you learned while completing your required experience.
  • A CPR course must be completed prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program. This is not required for entry into the GA program, but must be completed before beginning the Dental Hygiene courses in the fall.
    • This certificate must be endorsed by the American Heart Association and must be include Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) program.
  • Read and understand Performance Standards for Dental Hygiene
    • Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Receive acceptance/non-acceptance letter: March 1
    • Deadline for letter of intent & deposit: April 1
    • If accepted, a packet of information will be sent no later than: May 15

Terms and Conditions

  1. Required Coursework - Applicants MUST have the following courses completed or in progress: BIO 2101, BIO 2102, BIO 2104, CHE (1011 and 1012 OR 1009), and ENG 1021. CNCC Prerequisite Course Descriptions
  2. Additional Coursework - These course are required to graduate, but may be taken while in the Dental Hygiene Program. Preference will be given to students for completing the following courses prior to entering the program. PSY 1001, SOC 1001, COM 1150, and HWE 1050. CNCC Prerequisite Course Descriptions
  3. Applicants must earn a minimum GPA of 2.8 and grades of "C" or better on all prerequisite courses.
  4. Candidates must continue to meet the GPA criteria (minimum 2.8) after completion of courses in progress or they will forfeit their position.
  5. Science Courses (BIO 2101, BIO 2102, BIO 2104, CHE 1011 AND 1012 OR 1009 and HWE 1050) must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the application deadline. IT IS THE APPLICANT’S RESPONSIBILITY to confirm that the submitted prerequisite courses qualify for consideration for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program. Confirmation of transfer can be obtained from the registrars office after submission of transcripts. Call 800-562-1105 Ext. 3273 and ask for the Registrar. A limited list of course equivalencies for nearby colleges can be downloaded: Dental Hygiene Education Equivalencies for Transfers (Transfer Matrix)
  6. In order to be admitted to or continue in the Dental Hygiene Program, a student must have skills and abilities essential to perform as a dental hygienist. Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis; however the candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. Please refer to the Performance Standards for Dental Hygiene
  7. A student that has been dismissed from the CNCC dental hygiene program for academic reasons may reapply to the program only after meeting with the Program Director to develop and successfully complete an Independent Education Plan (IEP) that adequately addresses the issues related to the primary cause of the dismissal. No additional admission points will be awarded for completing the IEP. However, successful completion of the IEP will enable the student to submit a completed application. The Dental Hygiene Program Director makes all final determinations concerning an applicant’s admission file.

Additional Dental Hygiene Purchases:

* All dollar amounts are approximate and before tax

  • Instrument Kit - $3,700.00
  • Uniforms - $300.00
  • SADHA - $75.00
  • Licensure exams - $2,200.00
  • Loupes (suggested) - $1,400.00
  • Laptop (suggested) - $500.00


Contact Information


Tiffany Douglas

Director of Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator & Advisor


About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.