2022–2023 IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Application Cycle Information

Fall 2023 Start IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Program Application

The entry-level dental hygiene program starts in fall of each year. The Division of Dental Education will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2023 beginning cohort on November 1, 2022. The due date for best consideration for admission is February 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted after February 1, but only will be processed if openings are available in the cohort.

Applications and application materials are processed through the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences Student Success Center. For more information about eligibility and admissions policies please review the college level and program level policies found here.

The IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Program has competitive enrollment. Consideration is given to applications from all qualified resident and non-resident candidates. Interested students are encouraged to arrange a meeting with an academic advisor to discuss the competitive nature of the program and the candidate status.

 

The fall 2022 admitted student dental hygienist cohort had an average Application GPA of 3.8 and Science GPA of 3.8.

Admissions and Scoring Criteria

Information about the scoring criteria can be found by clicking the expanding buttons below. The required prerequisite courses are listed to the right.

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After November 1 click here to apply!

Click here to learn how we calculate applicant scores

 

Prerequisite Courses

Non-Science Courses

ENG-W131
SOC-S161
PSY-P103
SPCH-S121

Science Courses

Chemistry (CHEM-C102)
Anatomy (ANAT-A210 or P261)
Physiology (PHSL-P130 or P262 or P204)

*Course listings are for IUSB campus offerings and equivalencies. GPA would average from all attempts in qualifying courses, unless the student were granted grade replacement per IU policy. See equivalency list for course transfers.

 

GPA is based on a 4.0 scale. The Application GPA is the average GPA from all of the prerequisite courses, including repeated courses and equivalent courses. For example, if a student completed W131 with a grade of C- and with a grade of A-, the English W131 score will be an average of the grades earned.

Calculation: A perfect score of 4.0 will receive the maximum percentage awarded in each category. If a student’s GPA is less than a 4.0, the percentage earned will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if a student’s average Application GPA is 3.5, the score earned by the applicant is:

3.5 ÷ 4.0 = 0.875 → 0.875 * 40% = 35% earned.

The GPA score is based on grade earned and credit hours.

GPA is based on a 4.0 scale. The Science GPA is the average GPA from the prerequisite science courses, including repeated courses and equivalent courses. For example, if a student completed P261 with a grade of C- and A210 with a grade of A-, the Anatomy score will be an average of the grades earned.

Calculation: A perfect score of 4.0 will receive the maximum percentage awarded in each category. If a student’s GPA is less than a 4.0, the percentage earned will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if a student’s average Science GPA is 3.5, the score earned by the applicant is:

3.5 ÷ 4.0 = 0.875 → 0.875 * 35% = 30.6% earned.

The GPA score is based on grade earned and credit hours.

Each applicant will submit a concise, 300-word, Times New Roman-font, double-spaced, typed essay response to the question: “A Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene prepares graduates for diverse careers in dentistry. Beyond clinical practice, how will you use your education after graduation? ” The applicant, without any assistance, must author and submit the essay. Students are highly encouraged to work with the writing center and/or trusted peers to review essays prior to submission.

Members of the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Faculty Committee will read and score each essay as follows for a possible 24 points. A 24-point essay will earn the 10% scoring allotted to this category. Essays scoring below 24 points will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if a student’s final Essay Score is 21/24, the score earned by the applicant is:

21 ÷ 24 = 0.875 → 0.875 * 15% = 13.125% earned.

Additional General Education courses beyond those listed below are required for the degree. These courses are not listed below, because the required perquisite courses used to calculate the Application GPA and Science GPA. As prerequisite courses all viable applicants are expected to have minimally completed the requirements.  For example, at IUSB SOC-S161 fulfills the Diversity in US Society Requirement.  

If a student chose to complete a course earlier than sequenced in the degree map, the applicants may have to adjust semester credit load for financial aid and other student success considerations.  

Fundamental literacies

            Critical Thinking (3cr)

            Quantitative Reasoning (3cr)

4 Common Core Courses (must complete one at the 390/399 level)

            Human Behavior and Social institutions (3cr)

            Literary and Intellectual Traditions (3cr)

            The Natural World (3cr)

            Art, Aesthetics, Creativity (3Cr)

Contemporary Social Values

            Global Cultures (3cr)

Extended Literacies

            Health and Wellness (3cr) (HPER-N220 CODA Required course, in the program)

Each applicant must submit documentation of shadowing a dental hygienist for a minimum of 4 hours. Documentation must come from the office where the observation occurred and be on official office letterhead that includes practice, name, and office contact information. Documentation must clearly include date of the observation, hours completed, and identifying student information.

 

Applicants must submit a complete dental hygiene program application with supporting documents by February 1 for best consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered only after applications received by the deadline have been reviewed, processed, and considered. Students will be placed in the appropriate tier as determined by the post-marked date on their application materials. Tier 2 will only be processed if the waitlist from Tier 1 has been exhausted.

Tier 1: Applicants who provide a completed application and supporting documents by February 1. Supporting documents showing proof of enrollment/registration for incomplete required prerequisite courses must be provided with the application. Completion of all prerequisites by the end of spring semester will be considered first.

Tier 2: Applicants who provide a completed application February 2 or after, and/or students completing prerequisite courses during the summer session, will be considered only if needed.

68 prospective students applied for 20 positions during the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Information to Apply

No cost online application directly to IU South Bend. Before beginning the application be sure to have the following ready for upload:

  • Final copy of essay with University ID written in the top right hand corner. Remove all other identifiable information.
  • Digital copy (PDF or JPEG) documentation of office shadowing experience
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions that you have attended (Official transcripts should be sent to IUSB by May 1st)
  • Student ID Number (if already an Indiana University student)


 

We look forward to reviewing your application.  

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