Entrance Requirements for Dental Hygiene Program ONLY (Jersey City Campus)| DH-AAS

Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.



Dental Hygiene DH-AAS

  • HS Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum of 70%
  • Complete Admissions Process

The following steps must be taken to complete the admission process for the AAS Dental Hygiene Program:

1. Admissions Application

Complete and submit the official admissions application.

2. High School Diploma or GED

Along with the application, present a copy of the applicant’s HS diploma/transcript, or have the applicant’s high school send a copy of his/her diploma/transcript directly to Eastern International College.

Recipients of a State Equivalency Diploma (GED) must submit a copy of the transcript of their test results with the application. Applicants whose secondary education was in a country outside the U.S. must obtain written official evaluation of transcripts showing equivalency from their native country, using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc.

3. HESI (A2) Test

Take the entire HESI test in a single session. The HESI Test is used to assess student competencies and readiness for entry into the Dental Hygiene program. The exam has been shown to help predict the likelihood of student success in Dental Hygiene program. Specifically, the exam tests students across several academic domains, as well as results in a personality profile used to help identify each applicant’s learning style. Below is an outline of the exam:

  • Reading Comprehension – Presents reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension; tests for skills meaning of words in context, demonstrating passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc. and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
  • Biology – Covers basic concepts in biology, namely, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
  • Anatomy & Physiology– Includes general medical terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
  • Chemistry –Covers the basic concepts of composition, structure and properties of substances and the transformation they undergo.
  • Learning Style – Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test- taking and study tips suited to that learning style.

Foreign-credentialed dentists seeing waiver of the HESI exam must have a course-by- course transcript evaluation conducted using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc. Transcript evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant. Waiver of the HESI exam for foreign- credentialed dentists is subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee.

4. Essay

Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by the Chair of the Dental Hygiene program.

5. Proof of Citizenship / Legal Status

Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.

6. Criminal Background Check

All students must undergo criminal history background checks and show favorable results. This will be done before the interview for acceptance into the program.

7. Resume of Work Experience

Submit a current resume. Related work experience will be given preference in the admissions process.

8. Health Requirements

Provide required health and immunization records, including:

  • Physical Exam
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Health Insurance

The medical exam must be completed by physician or other qualified health care provider (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant). Dental Hygiene students are also required to provide:

  • Documentation of two MMR vaccines or proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Documentation of Varicella vaccination or proof of immunity
  • Documentation of Tuberculin testing (PPD) with results less than months prior to the start of the program -OR- Submission of a chest x-ray and TB Questionnaire for students known to be PPD positive.
  • Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination or proof of immunity (If the student wishes to decline Hepatitis B vaccination, the student must sign the Hepatitis B Declination Form)
  • Td or Tdap results from within the past 10 years

9. Interview

All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application package will have a personal interview with the Dental Hygiene Admission Committee.

* Invasive procedures are innate in the dental hygiene program and include and are not limited to digital palpation of a needle tip in a body cavity or the simultaneous presence of the Heath Care Workers (HCW) fingers and a needle or other sharp instrument or object in a poorly visualized or highly confined anatomic site. The performance of exposure prone procedures presents a recognized risk of percutaneous injury to the HCW, and—if such injury occurs—the HCW’s blood is likely to contact the patient’s body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and /or mucous membranes. This can pose a material risk to patients and students in the program should the HCW have a communicable chronic illness.

Please refer to the following website for the CDC’s MMWR for recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus to Patients During Exposure Prone Invasive Procedures. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00014845.htm

Dental Hygiene Technical Standards

Dental Hygiene students must comply with the following technical standards:

Technical Standard


  • Be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with patients, dentists and other members of the healthcare team
  • Actively participating in group discussions
  • Use communication equipment such as telephone, computer and other devices for communication and voice recording devices.
  • Be able to read and accurately complete relevant reports
  • Be able to accurately see and analyze images
  • Be able to differentiate colors such as green, blue and various shades of gray.
  • Possesses sufficient vision to differentiate and identify ill-defined structures, borders, anatomical structures and pathological abnormalities correctly
  • Be able to describe patient affect, body language, and physical responses
  • Possesses sufficient hearing to interact with patients, dentists, and other healthcare professionals
  • Hears and interprets sounds such as heart and breath sounds and taking blood pressure
  • Detects and distinguishes odors from patients and environment
Physical Requirements including

tactile sensitivity

  • Be able to participate in all demonstrations, laboratory activities, and the clinical training
  • Possesses physical coordination to correctly move dental x-ray units and correct placement for dental radiographs for proper exposure
  • Possesses the ability to operate sonic and ultrasonic scaler equipment for tooth debridement and dental hygiene therapy.
  • Be able to handle, lift and transfer patients utilizing proper body mechanics
  • Possesses manual dexterity and tactile sensitivity in performing preventive dental hygiene care procedures, soft tissue maintenance, application of correct instrumentation, and pain control management.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time (8 or more hours)
  • Be able to move upper and lower extremities (include back, hips, and knees) without restriction
Mental/ Social/ Ethical


  • Possesses flexibility, independent judgment and critical thinking
  • Ability to manage stress properly and maintain composure, especially during emergency
  • Performs multiple tasks simultaneously when necessary
  • Be able to interact with patients, dentists and other members of the healthcare team
  • Performs and participate in ethical acts following health protocols
  • Effective time management
  • Responds to all persons sensitively and respects cultural diversity