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Fall 2019 Applications Available: September 1, 2018

Deadline: January 5, 2019,  6:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time / 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Application Information

Direct entry students are given reserved seating in a cohort-based learning community of 18 -19 credits to take the necessary coursework to begin dental hygiene courses and graduate in 4 years. Students may add coursework to their learning community, but may not omit courses.

Two-Step Application Process

Application requirements are found in the applications listed below.

Step 1

Apply to UH Manoa
Undergraduate Admissions

Step 2

Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

Required for ALL applicants. Required for ALL applicants. Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene Application
Download the application from the link above.
Fee: $70 Fee: $0
For your major choose Dental Hygiene

Admission Requirements

Admission of students to the Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene (DEDH) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) is based on specific written criteria, procedures and policies.  Previous academic performance in high school, at UHM or other college or university, performance on standardized tests and other predictors are utilized in selecting students who have potential for successfully completing the program.

Minimum Exam Scores

SAT: Critical Reading – 510 and Math – 510 OR ACT: Reading – 22 and Math – 22

Cumulative High School GPA

3.0 on a 4.0 scale, at the end of junior year of high school

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600.

Continuation Requirements

With successful completion of the freshman year including prerequisite course grades the student is automatically admitted to the BS in dental hygiene program. In order to retain status as a Direct Entry Dental Hygiene Program the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all freshman year college coursework.

Admission to the direct entry program will not be deferred. Students wanting to begin the dental hygiene program at a later time must follow the regular admissions requirements.

Note for International Students

Distance Education Course Restrictions: Immigration regulations restrict enrollment in online distance education courses that require that all coursework be completed on-line. However, immigration regulations do not restrict enrollment in hybrid distance education courses that require that coursework be completed through a combination of online and in-classroom coursework. International students enrolling in online distance education courses must adhere to the following guidelines per level of study in order to maintain immigration status.

Prospective Students Not Applying for Direct Entry

Students who are interested in the dental hygiene program but are not eligible for the direct entry program can enter UH Manoa as a dental hygiene student and apply in fall of their freshman year for admission to dental hygiene. Informational sessions are offered that provide more information about this process. The application process and requirements are discussed in detail to assist interested students in the process. Contact the pre-admission advisor for more information.

Picture of Brian Akiyama, BA
Brian Akiyama, BA
Pre-Nursing and Pre-Dental Hygiene Advisor & Admissions Specialist

Contact for applicants to the high school direct entry program and bachelors of science program.

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-3794
Fax: 808-956-5977
Email: (For Nursing) (For Dental Hygiene)

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