Admission Requirements

All candidates for admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs at NYU College of Dentistry must submit the online Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study to the Dental Hygiene Programs. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs is highly competitive and applicants are accepted on the basis of their predicted success in the program. In addition, an individual must meet the Health and Technical Standards for Pre-Matriculation for Dental Hygiene Programs in order to be eligible for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Dental Hygiene Programs at the NYU Dentistry.

Academic Requirements for Admission

The requirements for consideration are as follows:

  • High School Applicants (with no college credits)
    • Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 85% or higher
    • SAT or ACT test scores
    • Biology and Chemistry courses successfully completed with a grade of B or better, within a 10-year period before the student’s matriculation at NYU College of Dentistry
  • Transfer Applicants (for applicants with 12 or more college credits)
    • Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 85% or higher
      (If you have an associate or bachelor degree completed, the high school requirement can be waived upon advisor approval)
    • A college cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
    • Biology and Chemistry courses successfully completed with a grade of B or better, within a 10-year period before the student’s matriculation at NYU College of Dentistry
  • International Applicants
    • Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 85% or higher
    • Minimum college cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
    • Biology and Chemistry courses successfully completed with a grade of B or better, within a 10-year period before the student’s matriculation at NYU College of Dentistry
    • ECE course-by-course evaluation for both high school and college transcripts
  • Registered Dental Hygienists applying for B.S. Degree Completion
    • Conferred Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students most competitive for admission will exceed these minimums. If you have not completed the biology or chemistry entrance requirement courses, you can complete them at the College of Dentistry as a non-degree student. To see the entrance requirement course offerings for the upcoming semester visit the Dental Hygiene Programs page. If you would like to take the courses before submitting an application for admission to the Dental Hygiene programs, you may use our online application to apply as a non-degree student. Non-degree and pre-requisite students DO NOT qualify for financial aid.

AAS Advanced Standing Track Admissions Requirements

Please visit the AAS Advanced Standing Track page for important information on admissions requirements for that track.

 

Admissions Policies

All admitted students must take a Writing Placement Exam through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of New York University prior to the first day of mandatory orientation. Pending the results of the mandatory writing placement exam, students may be reviewed for satisfying the writing requirement. The student may also be required to take an additional writing course (Introduction to Expository Writing, a 2 credit course) before registering for Writing Workshop I. 

  • Effective Reading and Writing for College (non-credit course)
  • Grammar Strategies (non-credit course)
  • Intensive Writing (optional non-credit or 2 credit course)

Exam scores are usually forwarded to the Dental Hygiene Office two weeks after the exam date. You may contact our office at that time to receive your results. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor to discuss registration for the individual writing courses in order to review their academic plan.

This exam may be waived, by review, for students entering the program intending to transfer two courses, with a grade of "B" or better, of College-level English Composition.

The transferring of credits process is done after official college transcript(s) or translated course-by-course evaluated documents have been received (Students must be registered for credits in order to post transfers on academic records). The prospective transfer course(s) are reviewed by the course director(s) of the course(s) or academic advisor for comparison of similar content and level. Science courses are transferred at a grade of B or higher. Liberal arts courses are transferred at a grade of "C" or higher. Students who transfer courses must still meet the competency requirements found within the course in order for the transfer to be completed. Courses that are transferred carry no grade point value at New York University.

There is a maximum of fifty (50) credits for transfer for the four year (track A) and three year (accelerated track) and bachelor's degree and thirty-two (32) credits for the associate's degree. In addition, all courses for transfer must be completed prior to matriculation for the associate degree program. Transfers will not be accepted during the bachelor’s degree student’s final semester before graduation.

Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be submitted and students must be registered for credits to post on academic records.

Once a student is matriculated and enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Programs, core science or writing courses will not be transferred. Only Psychology, Sociology, Oral Communications and extra liberal arts credits can be transferred from another accredited institution as a matriculated student (with advisor approval). Only under limited circumstances may the Dean of Allied Health Programs grant permission to approve any other course(s).

Note: Credits are not transferred for courses taken more than ten (10) years ago.

Note: The entrance requirement chemistry course does not transfer in place of the Chemistry for Allied Health Core Dental Hygiene course.

Students with Foreign Transcripts

The Dental Hygiene Programs will only consider evaluations from ECE for transfer credits. Course transfers may be limited, subject to intense review of course content through the student providing course descriptions and may require the student to take a proficiency exam to consider core course(s) for transfer.

Writing Courses

Writing Placement Exam

All admitted students must take a Writing Placement Exam through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of New York University prior to the first day of mandatory orientation. Pending the results of the mandatory writing placement exam, students may be reviewed for satisfying the writing requirement. The student may also be required to take an additional writing course (Introduction to Expository Writing, a 2 credit course) before registering for Writing Workshop I.

The transfer of college level writing-intensive English composition courses from an accredited college or university must be of a grade "B" or higher. Students must also meet the following criteria:

  • Official transcript(s) must be submitted.
  • Students may be asked to submit graded coursework and or course descriptions relating to the desired courses to be transferred.

Exam scores are forwarded to the Dental Hygiene Office approximately two weeks after the exam date. Students are required to meet with the Student Retention and Academic Advising Administrator to discuss registration for the individual writing courses and to review their academic plan.

American Language Institute (ALI) testing and established curriculum may be required based on placement exam results.

Microbiology

If a single Microbiology course was taken at an outside institution, the credits will be transferred to meet the Microbiology I requirement at the NYU Dentistry Dental Hygiene Programs, regardless of the number of credits earned.

Dental Hygiene Courses

For students transferring dental hygiene courses, a letter of good standing is required from the director of the dental hygiene program where the courses were taken.

Principles of Dental Hygiene Courses

For those students transferring Principles of Dental Hygiene courses or the equivalent, students must first take and pass (75%) a written exam. Upon successful completion of the written exam, the student must take and pass (75%) the clinical exam. Upon passing both requirements, the student would be enrolled in Clinical practicum level 1 & 2 as recommended by the course director. Please see section on Policy on Remedial Instruction for Clinical Practicum 1 & 2.

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT for Bachelor’s Degree Only - Degree Completion (Track B)

The Dental Hygiene Department’s residency requirement is 32 credits. To be eligible for a degree, a transfer student must complete a minimum of 32 credits with an average of 2.0 or higher in courses held in the Dental Hygiene Department during two or more terms.

NOTE: CREDITS ARE NOT TRANSFERRED FOR COURSES TAKEN MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO.

The transfer of any NYU College of Dentistry credits is subject to review and approval by the institution to which the student is applying. Official transcripts must be requested and ordered through the NYU Registrar.

Some students are accepted into the Dental Hygiene Programs contingent upon the results of testing through this institute or may be recommended to take intensive English courses through this department upon the results of the University's mandatory Writing Placement Exam (once accepted into the program).

The American Language Institute of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of New York University offers intensive courses in English for students with little or no proficiency in the language. It also offers the University Preparatory Workshop program in English for students with English proficiency insufficient to undertake a full academic program but sufficient for a part-time academic program in combination with part-time English study. This combination may constitute a full-time program of study.