Apply to BS in Dental Hygiene Program
Sessions are held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room 261 at Novitski Hall on:
- Jan. 11, 2019
- Feb. 15, 2019
- March 15, 2019
- April 5 , 2019
- April 26, 2019
- May 10, 2019
- May 31, 2019
- June 7, 2019
- June 28, 2019
- July 12, 2019
- July 17, 2019
- July 26, 2019
- Aug. 7, 2019
- Aug. 16, 2019
- Aug. 23, 2019
Dental hygienists are licensed professional members of the health care industry who work to promote and maintain oral health in the population. Working in a variety of settings, career options include:
- Public health
Qualifications for Admissions
The Dental Hygiene program at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is a five-semester curriculum that starts in the spring semester. Each class of 24 students is selected through the Division of Dental Hygiene's admissions process.
Student selection is based upon grades in the pre-professional courses, state residency, work experience and a personal interview, whenever possible. Out-of-state applications are considered, but New Mexico residents receive preferential consideration. New Mexicans should be prepared to document state residency if requested to do so.
Application deadline September 1 before 5 p.m.
Submit completed application to:
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
- Application to UNM Office of Admissions
- Application to the Division of Dental Hygiene [PDF]
- Official transcripts of all colleges attended.
- A non-refundable application fee of $100 must be included with your application. Applications arriving without the application fee will be incomplete and will not be considered.
- Verification of shadowing of a dental hygienist.
- Apply for admission to UNM (if not already enrolled). This is a separate admissions process and requires a separate application packet from that of the Division of Dental Hygiene. You must contact the UNM Office of Admissions to obtain the correct information.
- Transfer to the Division of Dental Hygiene (if already enrolled). Students transferring from another institution or those seeking admission to UNM for the first time must submit a formal application to the UNM Office of Admissions. Consult the UNM general catalog for information regarding application and transfer regulations. UNM pre-professional students accepted into the dental hygiene program who are registered in other colleges (such as University College or the College of Arts and Sciences) must transfer to the Division of Dental Hygiene in the spring semester of entry into the program. This means that Dental Hygiene candidates actually complete two separate application processes – one submitted to the University, with a second submitted to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
- Return the completed application forms. Complete all portions of the application forms and return them to the Division of Dental Hygiene in time by the application deadline (September 1 of the academic year of anticipated enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program). Candidates are hereby notified that if any document is missing as of the deadline for application, the division cannot consider that candidate. Candidates are strongly encouraged to begin this process early. Be aware that it takes considerable time for documents such as transcripts to be transferred from one institution to another.
New Mexicans receive preferential consideration. Age, gender, disability, race, religion and/or national origin are not factors in admission considerations.
About transcripts: An overall grade point average of 2.4 or above on a 4.0 scale is required. Applicants without at least a 2.4 GPA will not be considered. A 2.4 GPA does not guarantee acceptance into the program, however.
About verification of employment: Verification must by typewritten on official letterhead of the office/organization in which you have worked. The letter should clearly state the responsibilities you fulfilled, as well as the period during which you were employed. Statements regarding your employer's opinion of your suitability as a dental hygiene candidate are also appropriate. The letter must be signed and dated by the dentist/hiring official and contain a phone number for verification purposes.