High school students applying as freshmen must be attending a regionally accredited secondary school and completing four years of English, two years of Math, one year of College Prep Chemistry with a laboratory, one year of College Prep Biology with a laboratory and courses in social studies. An overall B is recommended (a GPA of 3.0 or higher). All freshmen applicants must also take the SAT or the ACT. Scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Most successful applicants have a composite SAT score of at least 900 (450 verbal, 450 math). Freshmen candidates will be given consideration to the Pre-Dental Hygiene program only.
Transfer applicants must have attempted 12 or more semester hours at a regionally accredited institution. Prerequisites for application to the Dental Hygiene program are listed below. These courses must be completed prior to entry to be considered for admission. All science courses must be taken within seven (7) years of applying to the program. Successful completion of prerequisite coursework is an earned grade of C or better. A minimum combined GPA in prerequisite courses of 2.7 is required; overall GPA must be at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are encouraged to complete all science and general education courses prior to applying to the program. Admission Counselors encourage discussion of this recommendation if there are questions.
(Courses must be completed prior to entry into the program.)
- English Composition—3 credits (typically English 101)
- College level Chemistry w/lab—4 credits (Introduction to Chemistry recommended)
- Intermediate Algebra—3 credits
- Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab—4 credits
- Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab—4 credits
Entry level students are recommended, but not required, to observe a registered dental hygienist who is presently working in clinical practice for a minimum of four hours to increase awareness of and knowledge about the profession prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. Candidates are also encouraged to view the American Dental Hygienists’ Association website to view Education and Career Paths.
The following physical qualifications are required for participation in the entry level Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree program at the UB Fones School of Dental Hygiene. These qualifications are essential for the preparation of the entry level AS and BS Degree in Dental Hygiene. Students at the School must be able to perform at a high level of competency in all phases of classroom, clinic, and laboratory activities as they will ultimately use the knowledge attained as dental hygienists.
The applicant and student must possess:
- Critical thinking ability sufficient for judgment during clinical activities.
- Communication abilities for effective interaction verbally and in written form with patients and other members of the health care team.
- Coordination and use of both upper and lower limbs as required for, among other skills, the performance of dental hygiene clinical procedures and emergency skills such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
- Manual dexterity necessary for performance in the various clinical, dental laboratory, and basic science laboratories without posing a threat to her/himself, patients, or her/his fellow students’ safety and well-being.
- Hearing and visual abilities, appropriately assisted, acute enough to allow the individual recordation of patient histories, to provide routine safety instructions, and perform stethoscopic and other auscultatory examinations, and to read all forms of diagnostic imaging so that she/he can adequately interpret normal, abnormal, and pathologic changes.
- Freedom from communicable diseases sufficient for rendering safe and effective dental hygiene care.
- Ability to obtain a dental hygiene license as some states deny licenses for certain prior felony convictions.
Applicants with disabilities will neither be summarily denied admission, nor will higher scholastic requirements be demanded of them. All persons to be eligible for acceptance to the School must be capable of demonstrating upon request their ability to perform classroom, laboratory, and clinical assignments, including microscopic work, x-ray interpretation and techniques, or the equivalent, use basic computer program skills, pass written, oral, and practical examinations, and meet all of the requirements of the School as they evolve.
The University of Bridgeport requires that students who participate in course directed activities that include patient/client interactions, internships, practicums, and student teaching undergo a background report. The confidential background report is conducted by Verified Credentials or comparable agency at a cost of approximately $98.00. This fee is to be paid directly to Verified Credentials by the deposited student. Credentialing will be reviewed by the Dean prior to the start of the Clinical Program.
It is the responsibility of the applicant/student to assess compliance with these requirements. By submitting an application to the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the applicant is confirming his or her ability to meet qualifications for entrance into the Fones School of Dental Hygiene program.
“Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include but are not limited to the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.” www.osha.gov/SLTC/dentistry/index.html
It is the responsibility of Fones School of Dental Hygiene to be compliant with institutional policy and applicable regulations of local, state, and federal agencies including, but not limited to radiation hygiene and protection, ionizing radiation, hazardous materials, and bloodborne and infectious diseases. The Fones School documents guidelines consistent with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Clinical Program Policies and Procedures Manual and continuously monitors compliance in order to minimize risk to safety, health, and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and clients.
Applicants are encouraged to call the Office of Admissions at (203) 576-4552 for assistance.