Dental Hygiene Program Admissions

We are pleased to learn of your interest in applying to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Department of Dental Hygiene. We look forward to receiving your application for the upcoming academic year. The deadline for application submission is February 1st for each academic year.

Gwen L. Hlava, Chair - Department of Dental Hygiene 

Application Procedures 
To be considered for acceptance into the next year’s incoming fall class, the Dental Hygiene Program admissions process begins by submitting your application through a Dental Hygiene Central Application Service (DHCAS). Submit an application online at by February 1st of the year in which you would like to be considered. When the ADEA webpage
appears, the applicant should look for the Applications Services box (at the lower left of the page) and CLICK on DHCAS. On the DHCAS page, select “Learn More”. The application is located on this page as well as Frequently Asked Questions about the application process. 

If assistance is necessary to complete the application, please contact DHCAS Customer Service (Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) at 617-612-2095 or email:

In addition to fees paid to DHCAS, a $50.00 application fee will be paid by personal check or money order directly to the College of Dentistry to complete the application process. Criteria utilized by the Admissions Committee for selection are: cumulative GPA, science GPA, ACT score, interview, familiarity with the profession, essay and letters of recommendation. The University of Nebraska Medical Center is an equal opportunity institution and all qualified minorities are urged to apply.

The Department of Dental Hygiene accepts twenty-four students into the program each year. Applicants must have a minimum total grade point average of 2.5. (The average GPA for the entering classes of the past 10+ years has been 3.5.)

Upon notice of acceptance for admission to the dental hygiene program, a letter of intent to enroll and a deposit of $200.00 are required. The full amount of the deposit applies toward payment of tuition and fees when the student enrolls. All applicants are notified of their acceptance or rejection by the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.

Applicants will be accepted who present evidence of intellectual promise and strong personal qualifications, including good moral character and the desire to serve the public. Consideration is given to personal emotional maturity and professional motivation. Students selected must be committed to scholarly pursuits and have career goals compatible with the philosophy of the baccalaureate program.