How to Apply


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 prerequisite courses.  Labs for A & P are not required.  The 6 SC upper level electives will no longer be prerequisites. These 6 semester credit hours will be included in the dental hygiene program curriculum.

For first consideration, all requirements must be completed and 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 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.
  2. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. A minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required to apply for admission.  Additionally, applicants must have completed all of the prerequisite course work prior to the application deadline.
  3. Official ACT Scores: Official ACT scores documented on official high school transcripts are acceptable.  The ACT must have been taken within the last 7 years.
  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 must be submitted before the deadline.  Download the Professional Observation Form.
  5. Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted after the admissions deadline to arrange an interview to be conducted in small groups.
  6. TOEFL scores as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the 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.