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for your interest in the Dental Hygiene Program at Coastal Bend College.
We have an excellent record of educating future dental hygienists and we look
forward to helping you meet your goals. Class size is limited; therefore,
admission is competitive using criteria indicative of probable success in the
program. The application with all essential information should be submitted
with the $50 non-refundable application fee, paid by money order, prior to March 1 for the best chance of acceptance.
The essentials for a completed application include
1) completed Coastal Bend
College and Dental Hygiene applications for admission.
college transcripts for all colleges attended. International students also need
to submit original high school transcripts
3) a copy of
THEA and/or alternative exam scores and, if available, an original copy of the
ACT scores, or SAT scores, unless criteria has been previously met at another
Texas college or university
4) a letter
providing proof of dental office chair side experience and length of employment
or proof of dental assistant certification if applicable
5) $50.00 money order payable
to Coastal Bend College (U.S. Currency)
IT IS THE
SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO MAKE SURE ALL REQUIRED PAPERWORK AND
INFORMATION IS RECEIVED IN THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT. THIS INCLUDES
UPDATING PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED TRANSCRIPTS. THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT FOLLOW UP ON ANY INFORMATION THAT IS
NOT IN YOUR FILE. YOUR FILE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF ALL INFORMATION IS NOT INCLUDED.
submit the college application and official transcripts to:
Coastal Bend CollegeDepartment of Dental Hygiene
3800 Charco Rd.
Beeville, TX 78102
Admissions Committee begins to consider applications in early spring and will
continue until the class has been filled. They select the strongest possible
applicants for the class; therefore, the better the qualifications, the better
the opportunity for selection. Letters
of recommendation are not required, but will be considered if sent. The
determinants for admission are college
course work, college placement test scores, previous degrees awarded (bachelor,
master), and dental chair side experience. All applicants will be notified
of acceptance or denial by August.
Chemistry (CHEM 1406)
Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401)
Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2402)
Speech Communication (SPCH 1311)
Sociology Elective (SOCI)
transcripts in these courses is the responsibility of the applicant.
It is strongly recommended that the other general studies
courses within the dental hygiene curriculum be completed before
applying. Coastal Bend College has a four day instructional week,
making enrollment in courses other than dental hygiene in the fall and spring
semesters difficult. Options to consider would be to take these
general studies courses during summer sessions or online.
Grades for ALL courses in the dental hygiene
curriculum, whether transferred from another college or on our campus, must
have a grade of at least C to satisfy requirements of the
program, and the applicant must be in good standing with the
institution. Most courses will transfer from an accredited college
with a C or better, but we must have an
official transcript with a description of the course before credit can be
awarded. Academic performance in these courses is scored according
to the grade achieved, with science courses weighted more heavily than the
non-science classes. A grade of D or F in any of the dental hygiene
program general studies courses will be factored into the process. For
example, there will be four non-science courses. The grades for the courses in
this section will be divided by four giving an average in that category.
There are four science courses. The grades for the courses in this
section will be divided by four and multiplied by two giving an average in that
category. If a course is retaken to improve a C, the higher grade is used
with no penalty. If, however, a course is retaken to replace a D or F,
that attempt will be factored as an additional course-sum of grade category
divided by the number of attempts such as five rather than four.
Academic Skills Test (THEA) is a state mandated test. The THEA or
AccuPlacer/Asset Test (alternative exams) must be taken prior to
enrollment except for those with exemption status as outlined by the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Accuplacer exam will be
administered at the Learning Assistance Center. If you need to take the exam,
please contact the Testing Department at 361-354-2266 to make
arrangements. The program begins in the fall semester, but the basic
courses can be taken starting at the beginning of any semester.
practice of Dental Hygiene has hazards and an inherent risk of exposure to
blood and/or blood-containing body fluids thereby risking exposure to microbial
infection. This risk includes, but is not limited to, possible exposure
to Hepatitis B and Human Immunodeficiency virus - Type I (HIV-1).
Dental Hygiene Program shall not inquire about the blood borne infectious
disease (BBID) status of any applicant for admission to the program; however,
once accepted, the BBID status must be reported to the Infection Control Committee.
admission of an applicant with a BBID can only be denied on the basis of such
infection if an appointed group consisting of the Dean of Student Services, the
student, the student's physician and/or the State health Department determines
that the student might pose a risk of transmission to others in the classroom
and the college program. The student may also be denied admission to the
Dental Hygiene Program if the applicant's infectious status would prevent
him/her from completing essential degree requirements and reasonable
accommodations could not be made to enable the applicant to do so.
Bend College offers financial aid. Please call (361) 354-2238 for more
that you will make two excellent choices: Coastal Bend College for your
education and dental hygiene for your career. We look forward to hearing from
you! Please call us at (361-354-2555) if we can help you further.