Frequently Asked Questions

How many students apply to the dental hygiene program each year?

Approximately100 applications are reviewed each year for 30 positions within the new class.

What criteria are most important when applying to the program?

It's always important to have good grades in college. Your science grade-point average (GPA) and overall GPA are factored into the review process.

Do I need to have dental assisting experience?

It's very important to know what you're getting into when you choose a career path. We highly encourage you to have "dental" experience (dental assistant, dental office manager or dental laboratory technician) if you're considering this field.

Does the Dental Hygiene Program have a part-time option for classes?

No. The program is a "lock-step" design where students are admitted and continue through the program together, as a class.  It is an on-campus program and considered full time.

If I went to a different dental hygiene program and want to earn an advanced degree, a baccalaureate degree, is that possible at Weber State?

Yes, it is possible. We have a degree completion option in which a licensed dental hygienist applies to Weber State and completes a contract of study with the Dental Hygiene Department Chair and takes upper-division credits to complete a Bachelor of Science degree.

Why would I choose Weber State's Dental Hygiene Program when compared to others?

Weber State's Dental Hygiene Program began in 1975 and has graduated more than 1,100 dental hygienists. As a dental hygiene program housed in a university setting, we have many advantages when compared to other sites. 

It is with pride that we highlight that more than half of our students graduate with a bachelor's degree, and many others return to the university to complete their degree at a later time.

I want to be a licensed Dental Hygienist to practice in the State of Utah. What do I do?

Contact the Department of Commerce, Division of Professional Licensing at www.commerce.state.ut.us, and they will answer your questions.

What do I need to be licensed in Utah?

You must:

  • Be a graduate from an ADA Accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  • Pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam
  • Pass a clinical board exam that is accepted in Utah (check Web site listed below)
  • Pass the test on the Laws for Dentists & Dental Hygienists in Utah

Check the Web site www.commerce.state.ut.us for application information and fees.


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