Sep 20, 2019  
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, 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 Assisting Certificate information for admission requirements.



Dental Hygiene Health Requirement Information Form.pdf  

Dental Hygiene Physical Form.pdf  

Dental Assisting Certificate Application.pdf  

Dental Assisting Orientation Packet.pdf  

Dental Hygiene Orientation Packet.pdf   

The Dental Hygiene Clinic Brochure.pdf  

Membership Requirements

Students are required to maintain student membership in the professional organization for dental assistants, The American Dental Assistants’ Association (ADAA), 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-2211, phone number 312-541-1550 or 877-874-3785, fax  312-541-1496, web address, as part of the program requirements.

Course of Studies

Dental Assisting is a one-year hands-on certificate. The Certificate Program provides the student with opportunities to acquire knowledge in the area of dental terminology, dental materials, radiography, and chairside assisting. Courses also include infection control, instrument sterilization and disinfection. Classroom sessions are complemented by planned practical experiences in the On-campus and off-site dental clinic and dental offices. Students should be aware that fine motor skills and dexterity to manipulate dental materials and instruments in the oral cavity are required to pass required competencies.

Clinical Experiences

Owens Community College has a 21 chair Dental Hygiene Clinic. There is a clinical affiliation with the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio located on 2138 Madison Avenue, Toledo, Ohio and 1800 North Blanchard, Suite 122, Findlay, Ohio.  Dental Assisting students will work in a dental office and a specialty office as part of the Dental Assisting Practicum.  Students will assist Dental Hygiene and EFDA students in the Dental Clinic. The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio is also a clinical affiliate. Students will work in a dental office and specialty practice during the Practicum.

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.

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 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. Students are required to complete Health Requirements and have CPR certification before entrance into the program.


A student completing the Dental Assisting Certificate will be eligible to take the Ohio Dental Assisting Certification Exam which will also enable the student to be a Dental Radiographer.  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 for further information.

Employment Opportunities

Dental assistants prepare and sterilize instruments, develop infection control protocols, take and develop dental radiographs and take impressions of teeth for models.  Duties may also involve working in a front-office, managing supplies, scheduling appointments, taking medical histories and instructing patients about proper post-procedural oral care.

The dental assisting certificate is designed to prepare graduates for positions in:

  • private dental offices
  • hospitals
  • federal, state and municipal health departments
  • correctional institutions
  • private and public health centers
  • the armed forces

This certificate is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and Financial Aid Eligible.

Entry level dental assistants, working full time can expect to earn $12.70 - $16.30 per hour or $26,416 - $35,791 per year. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for dental assistants will grow by 25 percent between 2012 and 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:

Scholarships are available through:

The American Dental Hygiene Association

The Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association

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

The American Dental Association

The Ohio Dental Association

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

The American Dental Education Association

Associate Degree Options

Students earning a certificate can take Arts and Science courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.