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Professional Dental Hygiene Program Admission

Admission for Prospective and Transfer Students

All prospective and transfer students are required to set up an advising session once declaring interest in the UDM Professional Dental Hygiene Program.  The advisor will discuss students acting as partners, expenses and scholarship opportunities, applicant’s knowledge of the dental hygiene profession, immunizations and testing related to infectious diseases, fulfillment of pre-requisite transfer courses when applicable, and potential license delay/denial due to felony convictions.

Phone: 313-494-6625

Application Process

The Dental Hygiene Program at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry receives applications only through the American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). Follow the instructions on the ADEA DHCAS website to create an account and choose University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry as the program name. The dental hygiene program application deadline is May 1st. For consideration, ALL application materials must be received by DHCAS by the due date.

To successfully submit an application to the Dental Hygiene Program, follow the instructions provided below:

  • List all prerequisite courses to be completed by the end of spring/winter semester of the year you wish to enter the program. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 and a science GPA of 2.70 is required for entry into the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Complete an online application to the dental hygiene program at Detroit Mercy via the ADEA DHCAS. The completed application includes personal information, academic history, supporting information and program materials. All sections of the application must be completed. Please follow instructions and complete each section of the application thoroughly.
    • Tip 1: In order to receive all application materials by the due date, request transcripts to be sent to DHCAS prior to the submission of the application from all attended institutions. To submit request for transcripts, select Academic History in the DHCAS application > Colleges Attended > Download Transcript Request Form > Complete the Transcript Request Form.
    • Tip 2: To submit request for letters of recommendations (i.e., personal references or evaluations), select Program Materials > Entry Level Bachelor > Evaluations > Evaluation Request. An automated email notification is received when the evaluator successfully submits the evaluation form. Letters of recommendations are optional and should be sent by the author(s), not the applicant. Please have them sent to:

Dental Hygiene Admissions
University of Detroit Mercy
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208

  • Complete and submit application.
  • Email screenshot of currently enrolled courses to
  • Applicants enrolled in winter semester courses need to submit transcripts after successful completion of the semester to the dental hygiene program as soon as possible to: 

Detroit Mercy - Dental Hygiene Program
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208

  • Once the DHCAS application is submitted, you will need to complete the Detroit Mercy Supplemental Admissions Application.
    • Tip 1: Visit and create an account to submit your application. The supplemental information must be completed as soon as possible.
      Please note your application is considered incomplete until the supplemental application is submitted and DHCAS fees paid.
  • Upon successful completion of the ADEA DHCAS application, it will be verified for accuracy by the DHCAS team.
  • The Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Committee will review all verified applications that meet the program minimum requirements.
  • Applicants are notified of acceptance or denial by May 15th.

For further information about the Dental Hygiene program requirements, please contact us. Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to the ADEA DHCAS.

Selection Process

1. Academic Rating

Applicants are ranked based on the academic criteria described in the Admissions Policies and Program Information Handbook, thus computing a score using the criteria on the “Admissions Rating Form.”

2. Informational Session

The top 30-40 applicants will be required to attend an additional informational session with a member of the Dental Hygiene Admission’s Committee which will provide an opportunity to exchange questions and answers in order to further explain and understand the program.  This is meant to assist the applicants in determining whether their personal objectives match UDM’s Professional Dental Hygiene program Philosophy and Goals.

3. Final Selection

The final selection of a maximum 26 qualified students is based on the admissions score computed on the “Admissions Rating Form.”  

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