How to Apply

UAMS Dental Hygiene Program Professional Observation Alternative

Many dental offices are restricting visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes applicants/prospective students trying to schedule a professional observation as part of the UAMS Dental Hygiene’s application process. We understand not everyone will have access to complete an in-person professional observation and have created an alternative option to meet this application requirement.
The alternative option includes watching the videos below and writing a 500-word essay describing the role of a dental hygienist as part of the healthcare team. The essay should be uploaded to the online application or emailed to

Video #1: The Profession of Dental Hygiene.

Video #2: The Dental Hygienist: The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare

All requirements must be completed and all application materials should be received by March 1.  Late applications may not be reviewed after this date. Send all requested material to the CHP Office of Admissions. Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Undergraduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof UGRD
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Academic Plan: Dental Hygiene BS
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. A minimum cumulative GPA and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required to apply for admission.  In addition, the GPA of math and science prerequisite courses must be a minimum of 2.75.  Applicants must have completed College Algebra and three out of the five science prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to the application deadline.
    NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. 
  3. Official ACT Scores: Official ACT scores documented on official high school transcripts are acceptable.  A minimum composite score of 20 is preferred.
  4. Professional Observation Form: A professional observation form signed by a dentist or a dental hygienist that documents at least 20 observation hours in a dental office. The form must be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to by the dental office before the application deadline.  Download the Professional Observation Form.
  5. Personal Statement: All applicants must submit a personal statement no longer than 500 words that addresses the following questions: Why do you want to enter the dental hygiene profession?; What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?; What are your short-term goals?; What are your long-term goals?; What are your strengths?; What are your weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  6. Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted after the admissions deadline to arrange an interview to be conducted in small groups.
  7. TOEFL scores as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the catalog.
Download the Application Guide for Fall 2021

*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.