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Certificate in Dental Hygiene

Admissions Information

Admission to the Certificate Program may occur after successful completion of specified general education college courses. Enrollment in the program is then for four academic semesters. A Certificate in Dental Hygiene qualifies the holder to obtain licensure to practice dental hygiene. The student may continue enrollment to complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

Student selection is based on scholastic standing, a strong performance in science pre-requisites, letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated interest in dental hygiene as a career.

Applications to the dental hygiene program are available online through the UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions for transfer students and Carolina Connect for Intra-University applicants. (Paper applications are no longer accepted.)



The Common Application and supplements, Letters of Recommendation, Shadowing Documentation, and Application Fee (transfer students only), must be submitted by February 15. Applications received after this date will be considered until the class is filled. Intra-University applicants should also adhere to this application schedule.

The applicant must meet the University requirements for admission prior to being considered for admissions into the UNC Dental Hygiene Program.

Matriculation into Dental Hygiene Program

Following acceptance, final matriculation into the program will be contingent upon completion and acceptable evaluation of a criminal background check and the following immunization and TB testing requirements.

North Carolina General Statute requires that all students entering college provide a certificate of immunization which documents that the student has received the immunizations required by North Carolina law.  All new, transfer, and readmitted UNC-Chapel Hill students (who have NOT attended UNC-CH in the past two years) must submit immunization and medical history information.  For more information regarding the State of North Carolina/UNC-CH requirements, please visit

In addition to meeting the NC requirements, the UNC School of Dentistry requires:

  1. Two-step Tuberculosis Skin Tests (TST):
  1. A positive Varicella titer with serologic evidence or two immunizations completed four-six weeks apart.  
  1. Series of three Hepatitis B immunizations and a positive quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer


To apply for admission as a transfer student , follow these steps:

Transfer applicants must meet the University requirements for admission prior to being considered for admission into the UNC Dental Hygiene Program. Final acceptance into the program will be contingent upon completion and acceptable evaluation of a criminal background check the following immunization and TB testing requirements.

To apply as an Intra-University applicant (UNC Chapel Hill students only):


Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

General Education Curriculum

ENGL 105

English Composition & Rhetoric


Foundations- English Comp. and Rhetoric

CHEM 101 & CHEM 101L


BIOC 107

Special General Descriptive Chemistry I & Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I

Introduction to Biochemistry




Approaches-*Meets Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 102 & CHEM 102L


BIOC 108

Special General Descriptive Chemistry II & Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II

Introduction to Biochemistry





MCRO 251


MCRO 255

Introduction to Medical Microbiology


Elementary Pathogen Microbiology





BIO 252


PHYI 202

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction to Physiology





*PSYC 101

General Psychology


Approaches- *Meets Physical and Life Sciences

COMM 100


*COMM 113


COMM 120

Communications and Social Process


Public Speaking


Intro to Interpersonal/
Organizational Communication






Connections-*Meets Communication Intensive

*SOCI 101


*SOCI 111

Sociological Perspectives


Human Societies




Approaches- *Meets Social and Behavioral

Recommended, but not required pre-requisites for the Dental Hygiene Program: BIOL 101/101L, STOR 151

Note: Math 110 is a pre-requisite for Chemistry and Biol 101 is a pre-requisite for Bio 252 at UNC.

Pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment, but not application to the Dental Hygiene Program. However, it is strongly recommended the sciences (Chemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology/ Anatomy) be completed by the Spring semester prior to entry in the dental hygiene program. The dental hygiene admissions committee will be considering an applicant's potential based, in part, on their grades in these pre-requisite courses.

General Education Requirements

Several of the Dental Hygiene Pre-requisite courses will meet the various University General Education Requirements as indicated in the following information. 


English Comp & Rhetoric (CR)

Foreign Language (LF)

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Lifetime Fitness (LF)

English 105

Through level 3 for most majors unless you place into level 4

One course from qualifying department – STOR 151 recommended for Dental Hygiene Program

One course (##100-199) granting one academic hour of credit


Physical & Life Sciences (PL, PX)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (SS, HS)

Humanities & Fine Arts (PH, VP, LA)

Two courses, at least one with lab

  • *CHEM101, CHEM 101L and CHEM 102, CHEM 102L


  • *BIOC 107, BIOC 108


  • *PSYC 101 will meet this requirement

Three courses from at least two different departments:

  • At least one course must be Historical Analysis (HS). 
  • *SOCI 101 or 111 will meet one of these requirements.
This course can be either SS or HS

One course in each of the following areas:

  • Visual & Performing Arts (VP)
  • Literary Arts (LA)

Philosophical and Moral Reasoning (PH)


A total of five Connections courses must be completed.

Communications Intensive (CI)

*COMM 113 will meet this requirement

Quantitative Intensive (QI) or 2nd
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

##Experiential Education (EE)

##US Diversity (US)

The North Atlantic World (NA)

Beyond the North Atlantic (BN)

The World Before 1750 (WB)

##Global Issues (GL)

## Must complete one course in these CONNECTION areas and two (2) additional areas.  Adapted from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill FIRST-YEAR GUIDE, An Academic Advising Guide for First Year Students 2013-2014.  The Experiential Education requirement will be met through the Dental Hygiene curriculum.

Additional Admissions Information


Transfer students enrolling in health-professions programs must fulfill 5 of 9 Connections requirements.  Two (2) of the Connection requirements must be fulfilled in US Diversity and Global Issues and in Experiential Education.  The Experiential Education requirement can be fulfilled through the Dental Hygiene curriculum.


The University will award credit hours for courses from other accredited institutions when the student has made a satisfactory grade (usually a C or its equivalent) and when a similar course is offered by the University. If a passing grade of D or lower is earned, the University will not grant course credit hours; however, the appropriate University department will determine if the course(s) may be applied towards requirements for the degree.

Students seeking transfer to the University may wish to plan their courses at their current institution in a way that will ensure the transfer of those courses. The University encourages such prior planning, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will assist prospective transfer students with it.

The University will award a maximum of 75 semester hours of transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions. Students may only transfer credit hours from a two-year institution while they are earning their first 64 hours of college credit. For example, if a student has transferred fewer than 64 credit hours from two-year institutions but has earned 64 or more total credit hours (including hours from UNC-Chapel Hill or other four-year institutions), the student cannot transfer any additional credit hours from a two-year institution.

If a student enrolls in a course at a two-year institution concurrently with enrollment in courses at a four-year institution (including UNC-Chapel Hill), transfer credit hours will not be awarded for the course taken at the two-year institution if the hours from the concurrent courses at the four-year institution bring the total earned hours to 64 or more.

If you receive transfer credit for a physical activity taken before transferring to Carolina (i.e., PHYA 998 or 999), you have fulfilled the Lifetime Fitness Foundations requirement, but no academic credit hours will be awarded for the physical activity transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill. If you do not have transfer credit for PHYA 998 or 999, then you will need to take a one-credit hour Lifetime Fitness (LFIT) course.


Interested individuals should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (919) 966-3621 to determine appropriate equivalent courses at other institutions or go online to check Transfer Course Equivalencies.