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Admission Requirements - Transfers

Transfer applications for Dental Hygiene are accepted via the ADEA Dental Hygiene Application Service (DHCAS). We begin a new class every January.

Transfer Requirements

Minimum Grade Requirement for Prerequisites
Courses earned at institutions other than University of the Pacific will transfer only if the grade earned is a "C" or higher.

Age of Coursework
Students who have not completed a science course within the past three years will be required to enroll in and complete one science course with a grade of "C" or higher prior to enrollment in the program.

Advanced Standing:
Students who transfer to Pacific having completed a portion of a dental or dental hygiene program will NOT be given advanced standing in the program. Students admitted with such coursework will be expected to complete the professional program in its entirety.

Foreign Education:
Please refer to the Additional Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants Seeking International Transfer Credit

Transfer Admission Process

The admission committee carefully considers each applicant's scholastic record, essay and letters of recommendation.

Applicants whose credentials appear to meet requirements, as outlined below, and are determined to be strong candidates, are invited to the school for an interview. Those selected for an interview will be notified shortly after the application deadline and given available dates for the interview. During the interview, other personal attributes and qualities as well as demonstration of his or her understanding about a career in the dental profession are also reviewed.

Students with 64 or more semester units or 96 quarter units, who have completed or are currently completing the program prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7, will be considered for transfer admission into the program which begins each winter quarter in January.

Students will be required, upon admission to the dental hygiene program, to proceed through successive quarters without lapse, meet all prerequisite requirements, and maintain an acceptable grade point average.

Transfer applications will be accepted by applying to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service. Applications will be accepted beginning later this spring (2016) until August 31, 2016.

Transferable Courses

Transfer students who have successfully completed the greatest number of equivalents to the general education courses listed below will have a greater chance of admission. Coursework in progress at the time of application is acceptable. Following admission, all pre-requisites must be completed prior to the January start date of the dental hygiene program and final transcripts must be submitted.

Pacific currently has identified equivalencies with many other institutions. To look at the articulation agreements we have with other institution, please use our online database of articulated courses (ROAR) at go.pacific.edu/roar. You will need to determine if the courses you plan on transferring to Pacific are equivalent to the courses listed below.

If you are a current Pacific student and would like to apply to the Dental Hygiene Program please contact the Registrar's Office and complete the Change of Program/Major form. The form should then be given to the Dental Hygiene Program Director or Department Administrative Assistant.

Please use the following information to help you self-identify equivalent courses from your school. The courses listed below are Pacific Courses.

Pacific courses that you will need transferable course equivalencies for.

  • 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)

At least one unrestricted elective course if additional units are needed.

Total Units Required = 64 semester units or 95 quarter units

Note: students may take transferable elective courses to meet the 64 semester unit or 95 quarter unit requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions or SF_Admissions@pacific.edu.