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Admission Requirements - Freshman

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is competitive and based on merit.  High school applicants apply as a freshman to the dental hygiene major to complete 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.  Once the prerequisite coursework is complete in Stockton, dental hygiene majors earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher will automatically matriculate to the upper division professional courses in San Francisco. Those earning below a 3.0 will not automatically matriculate, but may apply to the Transfer Program. Those who apply will 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 61: Principles of Biology (5 units)
  • Biology 170: Human Anatomy (5 units)
  • Biology 180: Human Physiology (5 units) 
  • Biology 145: Microbiology (5 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)
  • GE Category II-B Worldviews & Ethics or II-C Visual & Performing Arts (4 units)

     1 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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