Application Requirements

Applicants for the Degree Completion Program should begin to submit their applications in November 15, 2022  and no later than February 28, 2023 to be considered for admission. The recommended minimum GPA for applicants is 3.0, preference in admission is given to students with high scholastic averages, especially in the sciences. Applications that are submitted or remain incomplete after the deadline will not be considered.  Basic science and general education transfer credits must be completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities.   Dental Hygiene transfer credits must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university that is also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The Dental Hygiene Program will accept on a case- by-case basis general credit by examination in the areas of non-science courses such as sociology, psychology, humanity and social science electives, and English composition.  It is possible that up to 6-9 credits MAY transfer as credit by examination.

Applications for the Degree Completion Program are reviewed by the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions using the following criteria: completeness of application, performance in previous academic programs, the corresponding quality of those programs, Dental Hygiene GPA, science and non-science GPA, overall GPA, overall academic record (including repeats, failures, withdrawals, etc.), interest in enhanced dental hygiene education, written and verbal communication skills, prior dental hygiene work experience, professional demeanor, professional involvement, the ability to interact with others, interest in and knowledge of the dental hygiene profession, quality of written pre-interview short answer responses and service to the community.  Candidates whose applications meet preliminary screening criteria will be invited to continue with the admissions process and will be invited for an interview with members of the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions.  A personal interview does not guarantee admissions.


degree_completion_admissionsWe are excited to announce the University of Maryland Dental Hygiene Application Process is moving to ADEA DHCAS! We ask for your patience as we finalize the details of this transition. Applications are expected to open on November 15, 2022. Please continue checking this page for updated information about our new process. The application materials that will be required are listed below:

Official transcripts must be received from each college or university attended. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES or ECE. If you are enrolled in school during the fall semester, request another transcript after fall grades have been included. All transfer courses must be completed by August 1 prior to the fall entry into the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program. Students are required to earn at least a C grade in all transfer courses required for the Degree Completion Program. No grades lower than a C will be transferred.

  • Healthcare Provider CPR CardCopy of front and back of card.

  • US Dental Hygiene LicenseEnclose a copy of your U.S. Dental Hygiene License with your application package.

  • Instate Residency Form - Please complete if you wish to be considered for in-state tuition
International Students
  • Applicants must submit completed applications and all supporting documents, by February 1. Foreign documents must be certified official and be submitted in sealed envelopes from the institution issuing them. If the documents are not in English, they must include an English translation. WES, or ECE evaluations are required. Ask for a course by course evaluation
  • Please see for rules and regulations regarding international students.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Results should be sent to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. The code number is 5848.

TOEFL scores must be between 80-85 iBT (internet based test), 550 paper based or 213 computer based to be considered for the dental hygiene program here at the University of Maryland Baltimore.