How to Apply


  • Beginning with the 2019 application cycle, students anticipating entering the program in the Fall of 2019 will be required to submit their ACT scores as part of the application process.  Official ACT scores documented on high school transcripts are acceptable.  The ACT must have been taken within the last 7 years.   Please refer to for information on registering for the test or obtaining scores.
  • Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, students anticipating entering the program in the Fall of 2020 Anatomy and Physiology I and II (3 semester credits each) will be required pre-requisite courses.   The lab is not required.

For first consideration, all application materials should be received by March 1.  All application materials should be received by June 1 to be considered for the regular admission cycle.  Late applications may not be reviewed after this date. Send all requested material to the CHP Welcome Center.  Applicants must provide:

  • Application for Admission: The College of Health Professions Application for Admission is required.* Apply directly online by clicking here.  
  • Application Fee:  A $40.00 non-refundable fee is required and must accompany the application.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions are required of CHP applicants.  A college transcript is official if mailed directly from the issuing institution or if hand-carried (or mailed with the application) to the CHP Welcome Center in a sealed institution envelope.  The transcript must bear the college seal, date, and appropriate signature.  If hand-carried (or if mailed with the application), a school seal, stamp, or signature must be on the back flap of the envelope.  A minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required for admission.  Transcripts should be mailed to the CHP Welcome Center before the Application Deadline (June 1).
  • Professional Observation Form: One (1) completed Professional Observation Formadobepdf_icon from a dentist or a dental hygienist is required. That professional observation must reflect evidence of previous exposure to the profession of dentistry, such as observation of at least 20 hours in a dental office or actual dental assisting experience.  Observation hours must be current, completed within the last two years.
  • Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the department to arrange an interview after the application packet is complete.
  • TOEFL scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the College of Health Professions catalog.

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers:  All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements.  Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog found at THIS LINK. Arkansas residency will be considered during selection for admission. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance, and other personnel or educationally-related actions. All documents should be submitted to: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Health Professions, Office of Student Affairs, UAMS, #619, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Telephone (501) 686-5730.

Re-application Policy:  Students who are dismissed from the Dental Hygiene program for academic reasons or withdraw by their own decision and wish to be considered for readmission for a subsequent semester must reapply to the program as new applicants, adhering to all policies and requirements in effect at the time of their reapplication.

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.