One year of academic coursework is required before a student is eligible to apply for entry into the Dental Hygiene program. Courses may be taken at Oregon Tech, Chemeketa Community College, or any other accredited college or university. The required pre-dental hygiene courses are subject to change for the 2024 application cycle.

The DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene is available online in the fall, winter, and spring terms, and can be taken as a non-degree seeking student. Follow instructions at this link to register for DHE 100 as a non-degree seeking student:

Before you Apply

Before you apply to the Dental Hygiene program at Oregon Tech, read over "Things to Know Before You Apply" as it covers important topics such as program accreditation, philosophy, expectations, and ethics.

Required Courses Reviewed for 2023 Application to the Dental Hygiene Program

Pre-Dental Hygiene
Oregon Tech Courses
BIO 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHE 101/104 General Chemistry w/ Lab 4
DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene 2
PSY or SOC Psychology or Sociology course recommended 3
BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 105 Microbiology 4
MATH 243 or MATH 111+ Statistics, College Algebra or higher 4
WRI 121 English Composition 4
BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
BIO 205 Nutrition 3
SPE 111 Public Speaking 4

WRI 122

WRI 227

Argumentative Writing or Technical Report Writing 4
Total Credit Hours 44

Transfer Guide for Students with Previous College Credits

Visit the Oregon Tech transfer guide and transfer equivalency database to identify how courses from a partner community college or university will transfer to Dental Hygiene. For other inquiries or further questions, please contact an advisor at your school for help in scheduling or transfer questions.

DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene

If you are taking pre-dental hygiene courses at a community college and planning to transfer to one of Oregon Tech’s dental hygiene programs you will need to take DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene. DHE 100 is offered in the fall, winter, and spring terms, and you can view registration information here. You must have successfully completed or be in process of completing DHE 100 at the time of program application or by the end of spring term of the year of application.

Dual Enrollment

Visit our Dual Enrollment page for more information on enrolling in a community college.