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Dental Hygiene Admission - Transfers

Application cycle will open May 1, 2019.
Application deadline is August 15, 2019. 

Applying as a Transfer

Applicants apply as a transfer student to go directly to the upper division coursework at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Transfer students would complete their prerequisite coursework at another institution and need a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Students will matriculate each January and will graduate after 18 months.

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.

Apply as a transfer here.

Those applicants qualifying for an in-person interview will be notified by phone or email. Interviews will be offered throughout August-October.

*If you are a current Pacific student and would like to apply to the Dental Hygiene Program please contact the Registrar's Office Website and complete the  Program/Major Change form. The form should then be forwarded to the Dental Hygiene Program Director to schedule an interview. See FAQ for more information.

Transfer Requirements

Course unit requirement:  70 or more semester units or 105 quarter units.

GPA: Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.

  • 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.

Letter of Recommendation: Two letters are required and requested from a professional in the dental field, professor or manager/supervisor.

Dental Hygiene Shadowing Experience: 20 hours minimum.

Required Courses

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

  • Biology 61: Principles of Biology (5 units)
  • Biology 145: Microbiology (5 units)
  • Biology 170: Human Anatomy (5 units)
  • Biology 180: Human Physiology (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)

*Scroll down to "Breadth Program 6-9 Courses" to find a list of acceptable General Education courses. 

*Applicants with a Bachelors Degree do not need to complete the 3 Pacific General Education requirements. 

Total Units Required = 64 semester units or 95 quarter units

*Taken courses similar to the requirements that do not match on ROAR may be substituted. All substitutions must be approved. Please email your course number, description, school and Pacific course you wish to be reviewed. 

For all questions, please email