Admission Requirements

Before you apply to the program

You need to complete or be in the process of completing:

  • 51 credit hours of prerequisite course work
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Additional program requirements

You will be required to provide:

  • Immunizations records for:
    • Hepatitis A and B
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • TDAP
    • PPD (required yearly)
    • Flu Vaccine may be required
  • Current vision exam
  • CPR training certification required yearly
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Health Insurance
  • Auto Insurance
  • Current Physical
  • Liability Insurance
  • Finger Print Clearance
    • Criminal background checks are required for NAU Dental Hygiene students. A felony conviction may impact eligibility to obtain a dental hygiene license and work as a dental hygienist.

Credit equivalencies for transfer students

From outside of Arizona

Undergraduate Admissions completes transfer evaluations after you apply to the university.

From Arizona

Program acceptance rate

The NAU Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive program admitting approximately 30 students each year.

GPA requirements for admission

GPA is a critical factor. You may apply with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; however, the average GPA of students entering the program is 3.4 to 3.6.

Selection process factors

In addition to selecting students with a strong academic foundation, we’re looking for students who demonstrate:

  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Leadership abilities
  • Desire to be involved in the community

We also consider:

  • Proficiency in a second language
  • Military experience
  • Community service
  • Dental or medical office experience, including:
    • Observation
    • Volunteering
    • Work-related endeavors

Waiting List

NAU’s dental hygiene program does not have a waiting list. If you are not accepted into the program, you will need to reapply the next year.


If you re-apply, you must:

  • re-submit the application
  • re-submit your official transcripts