• Thank you 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 the following:

        1)   completed Coastal Bend College and Dental Hygiene applications for admission.


        2)   original 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. 

    Please submit the college application and official transcripts to:
    Coastal Bend College
    Department of Dental Hygiene
    3800 Charco Rd.
    Beeville, TX 78102

    The 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.
     

    PROGRAM PRE REQUISITES: 

    Chemistry (CHEM 1406)

    Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401)

    Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2402)

    Introduction to Bacteriology and Microbiology (BIOL 2420)

    Updating 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. 

    The Texas 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.

    The 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).

    The CBC 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. 

    The 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.

    Coastal Bend College offers financial aid.  Please call (361) 354-2238 for more information.

    We hope 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.