Admissions Requirements for Dental Hygiene BSDH (Jersey City)



Admissions Requirements for Dental Hygiene BSDH                                                             
  • Minimum High School Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum score of 70
    • Grammar–Contains a basic grammar assessment, centering on parts of speech, common grammatical errors, etc.
    • Basic Math Skills–Centers on math skills needed for the healthcare field, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratios, etc.

The following steps must be taken to complete the admissions process for the Dental Hygiene BSDH 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 High School 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. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) are
  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 the 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.
    •  Vocabulary and General Knowledge–Posits vocabulary that is commonly used in the English
      language, as well as that which is specific to the healthcare field.
    •  Basic Math Skills-Centers on math skills needed for the healthcare field, including basic addition,
      subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general
      math facts, etc.
    • Anatomy & Physiology–Includes general medical terminology and anatomical structures and
    • 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 testtaking
      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
  5. Proof of Citizenship/Legal Status
    Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.
  6. Criminal Background Check
    Students must undergo criminal history background checks that verifies a negative background check.
  7. Drug Screen
    Students must undergo drug screening that verifies negative results.
  8.  Interview
    All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application package will have a personal interview
    with the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.
  9. Physical Examination/Immunization
    Students admitted to the program must have a physical examination and health clearance done by their Healthcare
    Provider. Complete physical examinations are required prior to register for DH 100 and subsequent classes.
    The student will be given a physical examination form to be completed. This form requires:

    • Physical examination with complete medical history
    • Two-step tuberculosis test (An additional single step tuberculosis test will need to be repeated prior to
      commencing second year clinical activities.)
    • Lab tests
      · Current titers for:
      · Rubella
      · Rubeola
      · Varicella
      · Updated immunization for tetanus (within ten years)
      · Hepatitis B immunization or written declination (signed waiver on file)
      · Polio
      · Tetanus and Diphtheria

In order to meet the mandatory requirements of our affiliate agencies, all dental hygiene students must annually
document proof of medical/health insurance. Insurance may be obtained through the College. An updated Mantoux
test will also be required yearly. Malpractice insurance is required to take your licensing boards and is available
through the College. Appropriate fees are charged upon registration for dental hygiene courses.
Transferring Credits