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Admission Requirements - Freshman

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is competitive and based on merit.  A student may apply as a freshman in a dental hygiene major, completing the prerequisite coursework listed below at Pacific.  A high school GPA of at least 2.7 is required as well as courses in biology, chemistry and other college preparatory classes.  To advance directly to the upper division major coursework  at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, students must complete their coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Dental hygiene majors who earn a GPA below 3.0 may apply to the upper division dental hygiene courses since matriculation is not automatic and they will also be guaranteed an interview.

Dental Hygiene Prerequisite courses may be taken over the course of four consecutive semesters or in the traditional two semesters per year, however, the dental hygiene professional courses begin only in January every year.

Prerequisite courses are as follows:

  • Biology 51: Principles of Biology (5 units)
  • Biology 61: Principles of Biology (5 units)
  • Biology 145: Microbiology (5 units)
  • Biology 11: Anatomy & Physiology (4 units)
  • Chemistry 25: General Chemistry (5 units)
  • Chemistry 27: General Chemistry (5 units)
  • Communications 27: Public Speaking (3 units)
  • English 25 or Writing 21: Intro (4 units)
  • Mathematics 35 or 37: Statistics and Probability (4 units)
  • Psychology 31: Intro to Psychology(4 units)
  • Sociology 51: Intro to Sociology (4 units)
  • Pacific Seminar I and II (4 units each)

     1-2 unrestricted elective courses to reach the required units

Total Units Required = 64 semester units

The University of the Pacific and the Admissions Committee have established a firm policy of non-discrimination against any applicant because of age, race, gender, creed, handicaps or national origin. Established review procedures insure applicants an equal opportunity to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

Am I ready to apply to Pacific? A review of the admission requirements listed below will answer this question and inform you of any requirements that you may be missing.

A one to two page essay is required.

One academic recommendation on official letterhead is required. It should be from a science instructor, counselor or advisor. Additional letters of evaluation from health care professionals who know you well are recommended

Official Transcripts
Send official transcripts from high schools, colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. (Transfers with more than 30 transferable semester units do not need to have high school transcripts sent, unless requested.)

Test Scores
All freshmen applicants (and transfers with fewer than 30 transferable units) are required to submit scores from either the SAT-1 or the ACT.

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