(Using Current MSU Catalog)


Candidates must meet these basic requirements by   April 1  (deadline)  to be considered for admission to the following fall’s entering class.

  1. Be eligible for admission to M.S.U.
  2. Submit a   dental hygiene application  and   most recent transcripts from previous Universities. Attach copies of transcripts from each college/university attended. (unofficial copies are acceptable) (MSU students do not need to send your  MSU  transcript)  All transcripts must depict completed courses, as well as courses in progress. Send application to the   Dental Hygiene Department, along with a $25.00  application fee.  Dental Hygiene applications can be downloaded from the MSU Dental Hygiene website.     
  3. Present a cumulative   GPA of 3.0  or greater on BSDH core/prerequisite course work.
  4. Present a cumulative   GPA of 3.0  or greater on BSDH core/prerequisite science course work.
  5. Provide documentation  of   work experience, or   20 hours of observation, in a dental office using our observation form. (see ranking computation).   Documentation form is listed with the application form.
  6. Complete the   Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Health" and will also be referred to as ATI TEAS.) .  An average score of  63%   or higher on the five scored areas  (TEAS V,   Reading  - 2 areas   Paragraph and Passage Comprehension, Informational Source Comprehension    &  English and Language Usage - 3 parts   Grammar and Word Meanings in Context, Spelling and Punctuation, Structure) , is required to have your application considered.     The Science or Math portions are not required.

    A failed TEST may be taken only 2 times within a 6 month time frame and applicants must wait 2 weeks between each test. All passed tests will stand without repeating.

    Contact MSU Testing Services:
    Only TEAS V, no exceptions.
  7. Successfully   complete  the following courses   prior to entering  the dental hygiene program:

    Dental Hygiene Science Prerequisites  – (16 hours)

    • A&P I (3 Hrs)
    • A&P II (3 Hrs)
    • Chemistry (Organic and BioChem preferred) (3 Hrs)
    • Microbiology (4 Hrs)
    • Math (College Level) (3 Hrs)


    Eleven (11) of the twelve (12) additional courses must be complete prior to entering the Dental Hygiene Program.

    • American Govt - Texas (3 Hrs)
    • American Govt - (3 Hrs)
    • Rhetoric & Comp. - (3 Hrs)
    • Academic Research & Writing - (3 Hrs)
    • American History to 1865 - (3 Hrs)
    • American History since 1685 - (3 Hrs)
    • SOCIAL and BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 Hrs)   Gen Psychology and Intro to Sociology  (required)
    • CULTURAL and GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING (3 hrs)   Intro to Women's & Gender Studies  (preferred)
    • INQUIRY and CREATIVITY (3 hrs)   Interdisciplinary Research  (Preferred)
    • LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY and CULTURE (3 hrs)   Ethics  (Preferred)
    • CREATIVE ARTS (3 Hrs) Music/Art/Theater

See the MSU on-line catalog for prerequisite course numbers and descriptions, Dental Hygiene Progression Policies, Transfer Policies, additional requirements and dental hygiene course descriptions.


Since the number of applicants usually exceeds the number of students allowed for admission, all applicants meeting the basic criteria will be awarded points for ranking purposes.  The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee, composed of no less than three dental hygiene faculty members, will evaluate all applications and rank them according to the criteria point values listed below.  Applicants will be accepted into the program as ranked for admission and according to the number of clinical positions available in the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic (18).  Concerning cases with a tie score, the best science GPA will receive the higher ranking position.