Apr 11, 2021  
2018-19 College Catalog 
2018-19 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Frequently Asked Questions


Selective Health Program Admission Process

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Request Evaluation for Admission to a Health Program.

Applicants must have a complete file in the Records Office by established deadline dates.   If you were previously evaluated and denied, and wish to be re-evaluated for the same program or any other health program, you must submit another Request for Health Evaluation.  To view file status, regularly check “My Required Documents” via Ozone.

- view FAQ’s for Selective Health Admission Process

- view Deadline Dates and Requirements for a Complete File

- Submit a Request for Health Program Evaluation by logging into your Ozone account.  Select the Academic Info tab and navigate to the Selective Health portal and select Request a Health Evaluation.

Official transcripts are required from the applicant’s high school, college or university attended.  If you have a GED, high school, or college transcript(s), please request an official copy be sent to:

Owens Community College

Attn:  Records Office

P.O. Box 10,000

Toledo, OH 43699-1947

If you have an official, sealed copy of a transcript to drop off, visit Oserve on the Toledo or Findlay campus during regular hours, found at www.owens.edu/oserve, to submit.

Evaluation does not mean automatic admission to the program.  Results of the Health Evaluation will be sent to your Owens email account approximately 1-2 weeks after the evaluation deadline date.

For assistance with the selective health program admission process, requirements, procedures and final date for receipt of application contact the Pre-Health Advising Advisor.

Admission Requirements

See the Dental Hygiene Program information for admission requirements.



Click each heading to open the information.

Dental Hygiene Health Request Information Form.pdf  

Dental Hygiene Physical Form.pdf  

Dental Assisting Orientation Packet. pdf  

Dental Hygiene Orientation Packet    

The Dental Hygiene Clinic Brochure.pdf  

Membership Requirements

Students are required to maintain student membership in the professional organization for dental hygienists,  The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), 444  N Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, phone number 312-440-8900, web address  www.adha.org, as part of the program requirements.

Course of Studies

The curriculum is a rigorous science based program that requires excellent eye-hand coordination as well as delicate tactile perception and fine dexterity to manipulate dental instruments in the oral cavity. 

Recruitment of Patients

Students learn and practice skills in the on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic. Ongoing recruitment of patients for the clinic is necessary for each student to meet his/her program requirements. Students will be expected to recruit patients in addition to the patient that seeks routine care in the clinic.

Health Requirements

Students are required to have a physical exam, including an eye exam, before starting the Fall Semester.  Lab exams are required and include: CBC, Urinalysis, RPR/VDRL, Mumps Titer, 2-Step PPD, Diphtheria Toxoid & Tetanus Toxoid, MMR vaccination record or Rubella Titer, Hepatitis B (3part series).  Health Requirements must be completed before Fall Semester.

Background Check Requirements

Background checks by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are required for clinical rotations and community project. The student assumes the cost of the background checks. For more information regarding background checks visit the following websites: 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I), www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), www.fbi.gov

Technical Standards

Review the following standards to examine your ability and compatibility with the physical activity and demands, professional and clinical condition requirements of dental hygienists. Sample tasks and skills are listed below with normal time frames.

- view Technical Standards Chart

Work Environment

The dental hygiene health care worker provides services in an environment that includes blood and saliva. Diseases may be encountered in this type of environment. However, research shows that risks are negligible when appropriate infection control procedure/barrier techniques are used. Upon entering the program, there is in-depth training to meet the protocol for a hazard-free, safe learning environment.

Licensure Exams

All graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and regional/ state licensure exams in Dental Hygiene. The Board exams include the course material studied in Nutrition, Biology, and Chemistry as well as the Dental Hygiene course material.  

The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) has restrictions on granting licensure to individuals who have prior felony convictions or mental incompetence. Check the OSDB Website (www.dental.ohio.gov) for further information.

Employment Opportunities

Dental hygienists perform duties such as patient screening and oral health assessment, teeth cleanings, taking teeth impressions and counseling about oral health practices. Additional services may include oral cancer screening, dental charting, counseling about nutrition and taking and developing radiographs.

Dental hygienists in a clinical role assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate and document treatment for prevention, intervention and control of oral diseases, while practicing in collaboration with other health professionals.

Program graduates will be prepared for positions in:

  • private dental offices
  • hospitals or managed care organizations
  • federal, state and municipal health departments
  • primary and secondary school systems
  • correctional institutions
  • private and public health centers
  • armed forces

Entry level dental hygienists, working full time can expect to earn $26.62- $30.14 per hour or $55,389 - $62,714 per year. 

Many dental hygienists begin working part-time and finish a bachelor’s degree upon graduation. Dental hygienists with bachelor degrees have a wider variety of employment options including education and supervisory positions.

The employment outlook for professionals in the field of dental hygiene is excellent. In January of 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment of dental hygienists was likely to grow by 33 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or 567-661-7378 email: oserve@owens.edu

Scholarships are available through:

Dental Hygiene Scholarships

The American Dental Hygiene Association, www.adha.org

The Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association, www.odha.net

The Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association (contact the Program Chair 567-661-7290)

The American Dental Association, www.ada.org

The Ohio Dental Association, www.oda.org

The Toledo Dental Society (contact them at 419-474-8611)

The American Dental Education Association, www.adea.org

Dental Assisting Certificate Scholarships

The American Dental Assisting Association, www.adaausa.org

The American Dental Association, www.ada.org

The Ohio Dental Association, www.oda.org

The Toledo Dental Society (contact them at 419-474-8611)

The American Dental Education Association, www.adea.org

Transfer Information

Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at area colleges or through on-line options. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.