How to Apply

The Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene program participates in the American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). The following instruction are intended to direct you through the process.

For questions regarding the application process, please email

Prepare to Apply

The average time to complete the application is five hours. Here is a list of tasks that you can do in advanced to ensure timely completion of your application:

Transfer Students must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Application for Admission to Oregon Institute of Technology
  • At least 36 quarter-hour credits or 24 semester-hour credits
  • A 2.25 cumulative GPA or higher. If you attend multiple colleges, we will average the GPA from each to determine your cumulative GPA.
  • WRI 115 (College Composition) or higher with a C- or better
  • MATH 95 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher with a C- or better
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended or from which any college credits have been received
  • $50 non-refundable application fee (checks or money orders payable to Oregon Tech)

Applicant Requirements

Oregon Tech Application

  • Applicants must first apply and be accepted to Oregon Institute of Technology prior to submitting an application to the dental hygiene program ($50.00 application fee to Oregon Tech).

Dental Hygiene Application

  • Send your Dental Hygiene application fee of $50.00 payable to OIT Dental Hygiene.
  • Please send payment to:
    Oregon Institute of Technology
    Dental Hygiene Department
    Attn: Lisa Leonard
    3201 Campus Dr. Semon Hall #212
    Klamath Falls, OR 97601
  • Submit your Dental Hygiene application online at ADEA DHCAS. ADEA fees are $50 for the first application and $35 for each additional application.

Review the application instructions

Instructions for completing the application are located on the ADEA web site. Important! It is your responsibility to read, understand and follow all ADEA DHCAS and program specific instructions for completing the application.

  • Research programs: Find Oregon Institute of Technology Dental Hygiene using the ADEA DHCAS search engine. Here you will find program profiles and contact and program information.
    Note: The Oregon Institute of Technology is an "entry level bachelor" dental hygiene program
  • Register for a DENTPIN: “The DENTPIN (DENTal Personal Identification Number) is a unique identifier for professionals and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs.” (ADA)
  • Transcripts: Know where to go to request transcripts from all colleges attended. Note: Transcripts must be sent to both the ADEA DHCAS portal and to Oregon Institute of Technology Office of the Registrar.
  • Begin the Application. Here you will be asked to create an account. After creating an account, select your program(s) and complete the application(s).
  • Applicants must successfully complete (grade C or better) all pre-requisite dental hygiene courses by the end of the spring term of the year of application. Courses that are in progress at the time of application can be noted as such within the application portal.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Criteria for Initial Review

All applicants are reviewed and scored utilizing the following criteria to determine admission to the dental hygiene program.

  • Completion of all applications and fees including:
    • Oregon Institute of Technology University application
    • Oregon Institute of Technology Dental Hygiene Program application fee
    • ADEA DHCAS application
  • GPA of all prerequisite courses

Additional Considerations

Dental Assisting Work Experience. Please use the following form for employment verification. The completed form will be uploaded to the ADEA portal in the "Observation Hours" tab.


Shadowing/observe a licensed dental hygienist in clinical practice for 40 or more hours. Use the following form for experience tracking and upload completed form to the ADEA portal in the "Observation Hours" tab.

  • Academic Excellence in DH 100 - Intro to Dental Hygiene (achieving an A grade)
  • Current Oregon Institute of Technology or Chemeketa Community College student.
    Applicants must be enrolled at least 2 terms (4 or more courses per term) or attend at least one year (2-3 courses per term) to be eligible for additional consideration.

Pending outcome of initial review, candidates may be invited to either the Salem or Klamath Falls campus for an onsite interview to evaluate the applicant’s ability to meet the Essential Functions of the Dental Hygienist.

Applications are due on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Final selection will be based on initial review and interview day scores.