Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307
601-483-8241
1-800-MCC-THE-1

Admission

We appreciate your interest in the MCC Dental Hygiene Program and have provided a quick review of items necessary to be considered for admission

  • MCC/Dental Hygiene application mailed/electronically submitted to the MCC Admissions Office
  • Official high school transcript mailed to the MCC Admissions Office
  • ACT score mailed to the MCC Admissions Office
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended mailed to the MCC Admissions Office
  • Information sheet - mailed to Dental Hygiene Dept
  • Observation Hours form to be signed by a dental hygienist or dentist. The minimum 8 hour observation should be performed within the year of application submission and mailed to the Dental Hygiene Dept
  • Have all the above delivered by the April 30 deadline 
  • Attend a Dental Hygiene Information session 
  • Call the Health Education Advisor for further info, 601-484-8629

 

Click HERE for the information sheet. (word document)

Click HERE for the observation hours form. (word document)

 

Meridian Community College has one application for all programs; click here to start the application process. While filling out the application select dental hygiene in the drop box under programs of study.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a "C" average (grade point average of 2.00) or better. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each DHT course to progress in the program. All coursework must be passed.  Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements):

Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT;
Or
Complete 18 semester hours of program general education coursework with an average of “C” or above at an accredited college or university. These 18 hours of coursework should be selected from the following: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Nutrition, College Algebra, English Composition I. Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed within five years prior to admission into the DHT program;
And
Complete Chemistry Survey and Lab with a "C" or higher prior to admission;
And
Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework;                                                                             
And
All transcripts, high school and college, ACT scores, information sheet and proof of eight (8) hours observation in a dental clinic must be received along with the application by the April 30 deadline. All applicants must attend a DHT Information Session. Applicants will receive notice from the Admissions Office about scheduling their Information Session. To include spring semester grades, final college transcripts should be received by May 21.

The DHT Admissions Committee will select a class of fourteen from the pool of applicants. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and specific admission requirements must be met. Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows: 1) In-district students who complete dental hygiene academic core courses and/or general education coursework at MCC; 2) Out-of-district students who complete dental hygiene academic core courses and/or general education coursework at MCC; 3) Mississippi residents who complete dental hygiene academic core courses and/or general education coursework elsewhere; 4) Out-of-state students. The selection process is based on a formula that gives points for the ACT score, overall GPA,  Sciences completed (A&P I, A&P II, Chemistry, Microbiology) required general education courses, autobiographical essay, attendance of information session, and place of residence. Check with the Health Education advisor for further information or clarification, 601-484-8629.

DHT ADMISSION CRITERIA

Scale for Rating Applicants for Admission

Category 1: ACT Composite Score
  18 – 1 pt
  19-20 – 2 pts
  21-22 – 3 pts
  23-24 – 4 pts
  25 + – 5 pts
 
Category 3: Overall GPA
  2.0 – 1 pt
  2.1-2.5 – 2 pts
  2.6-3.0 – 3 pts
  3.1-3.5 – 4 pts
  3.6-4.0 – 5 pts


Category 4: DHT Curriculum Courses CompletedABC
English Composition321
Sociology321
Psychology321
Nutrition321
Speech321
Humanities321
Total18126
    
Category 5: Sciences Completed A B C
Anatomy & Physiology I432
Anatomy & Physiology II432
Chemistry432
Microbiology432
Total16126
    
Category 6: Information Sheet   
Rated 1-3 pts.   
* In State – 1 pt.   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon admission to the program and prior to enrollment, students are required to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination  (or present physician’s statement stating that this vaccination is not advisable).  Students are also required to obtain a CPR Healthcare Provider (2 year) certification, proof of immunization for MMR, varicella, and a Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test. A drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment.  All these conditions must be met prior to the start of clinical training.

Students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Technology Program are considered as full time students who earn 12 semester credit hours.