Dental Hygiene
Selection Process

Selection process for the offer of program admission. Beginning 2018 (for February 1, 2018 deadline.

The selection process for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program

Selection for enrollment to dental hygiene programs across the State of Texas has become highly competitive in recent years as evidenced by the majority of those applying to the ACC program with prerequisite GPAs of 4.0 on a 4-point scale. The reason there has to be a selection process to determine who is offered admission to a dental hygiene program is because enrollment is restricted based on facilities constrains (i.e., ACC's on-site dental hygiene clinical consists of 16 chairs). Further, the goal of an admissions selection process is to offer positions to those with the potential to successfully complete the program of study.

A program like dental hygiene blends three (3) areas in the education process to develop clinicians for the workforce: knowledge, skills and values. Therefore, the typical admissions selection process uses the grades from the prerequisite courses as well as the completion of corequisites to asses knowledge potential. Historically, the science grade point average (GPA) is a good predictor of student success; program retention also requires reading and comprehension skills. the skills component is somewhat reflected in the areas like patient care experience with a few schools utilizing dexterity skills testing.

Beginning with the selection process for the entering class of 2018, the ACC Department of Dental Hygiene is implementing the following changes to better reflect the predictors of Program success and retention.

  • The English Composition (ENGL 1301) grade will not be included in the prerequisite grade point average (GPA); rather, the prerequisite GPA will reflect the science courses only.
  • Bonus points will continue to be awarded for co-requisite courses successfully completed with a grade of C or better by the February 1st application deadline. Degree Plan||General Education Alternates
  • The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam scores will be included. The TEAS Test is a standardized, multiple choice exam used to determine the ability of potential students to adjust to the demands of healthcare programs like nursing and dental hygiene. Specifically, for each additional point earned on the TEAS Test, the odds of an applicant completing his/her academic program is increased by 7.7%. Since the science component is reflected in the science prerequisite GPA described above, the only TEAS scores that will be used are the Reading score and English and Language Usage score.
    • NOTICE: The TEAS test must be taken by the February 1st application deadline and the Individual Performance Profile uploaded to the applicants CastleBranch account. Only one attempt per calendar year is permitted. The most recent score will be the one used in the admissions' ranking calculation as long as there is at least 364 days between attempts. The TEAS Test is created and administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute.
  • The areas of patient care experience such as working in a healthcare setting or completion of an accredited dental assisting program have been merged into one bonus award.
  • Bonus points for program reapplication will continue.

In order to incorporate the TEAS Test scores, which are communicated in percentiles, the other components have been converted into a percentile format and then weighted in the ranking score.

The ranking score weighting is:

  • 55% of the score is reflected in the science prerequisite GPA
  • 20% is assigned to the successfully completed corequisite courses
  • 15% reflects the TEAS Test scores for Reading, English and Language Usage
  • 5% is awarded for documented patient care experience
  • 5% is assigned to the reapplication bonus award

The ranking score will be created using the following calculation:

.55 * GPA % (For example, a 4.0 GPA = 100%
.20 * Corequisites
.15 * Average of the two TEAS scores
.05 * Patient care bonus
.05 * Reapplication bonus

The ranking worksheet will assist in understanding how the score is calculated.

Should applicants' scores tie and the score is critical, as when determining the placement within the alternate list, then the corequisite grades will be compared. For example, if candidate Q has a grade of B in the Chemistry course and candidate R earned a grade of A, then candidate R will be placed ahead of candidate Q.

Applicants will be informed as to the finalized score and ranking in a written communication sent via email to the prospective student's ACC Email address (the required communication address).

Application Form

Reapplication Form

Observation Form