Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed
below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College
by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during
this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said
review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged
to proceed with the appropriate application process.
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Entrance Requirements for Dental Hygiene Program ONLY (Jersey City Campus)
Dental Hygiene DH-AAS
HS Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
Take the HESI Exam with a minimum of 70%
Complete Admissions Process
The following steps must be taken to complete the admission process for
the AAS Dental Hygiene Program:
- Admissions Application
Complete and submit the official admissions application.
- High School Diploma or GED
Along with the application, present a copy of the applicant’s HS
diploma/transcript, or have the applicant’s high school send a copy
of his/her diploma/transcript directly to Eastern International College.
Recipients of a State Equivalency Diploma (GED) must submit a copy of the
transcript of their test results with the application. Applicants whose
secondary education was in a country outside the U.S. must obtain written
official evaluation of transcripts showing equivalency from their native
country, using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc.
- Application Fee
Submit payment of $125 with the application; checks are not accepted for
payment of enrollment fees.
- HESI (A2) Test
Take the entire HESI test in a single session. The HESI Test is used to
assess student competencies and readiness for entry into the Dental Hygiene
program. The exam has been shown to help predict the likelihood of student
success in Dental Hygiene program. Specifically, the exam tests students
across several academic domains, as well as results in a personality profile
used to help identify each applicant’s learning style. Below is
an outline of the exam:
- Reading Comprehension – Presents reading scenarios in order to measure
reading comprehension; tests for skills meaning of words in context, demonstrating
passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
- Biology – Covers basic concepts in biology, namely, biological molecules,
metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
- Anatomy & Physiology– Includes general medical terminology and
anatomical structures and systems.
- Chemistry –Covers the basic concepts of composition, structure and
properties of substances and the transformation they undergo.
- Learning Style – Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective
applicant and offers test- taking and study tips suited to that learning style.
eign-credentialed dentists seeing waiver of the HESI exam must have a course-by-
course transcript evaluation conducted using one of the approved evaluating
companies, such as WES, ECE, etc. Transcript evaluation is the responsibility
of the applicant. Waiver of the HESI exam for foreign- credentialed dentists
is subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee.
Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by
the Chair of the Dental Hygiene program.
- Proof of Citizenship / Legal Status
Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.
- Criminal Background Check
All students must undergo criminal history background checks and show favorable
results. This will be done before the interview for acceptance into the program
- Resume of Work Experience
Submit a current resume. Related work experience will be given preference in the
- Health Requirements
Provide required health and immunization records, including:
- Physical Exam
- Immunization Records
- Proof of Health Insurance
The medical exam must be completed by physician or other qualified health
care provider (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant). Dental Hygiene
students are also required to provide:
- Documentation of two MMR vaccines or proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps
- Documentation of Varicella vaccination or proof of immunity
- Documentation of Tuberculin testing (PPD) with results less than months
prior to the start of the program -OR- Submission of a chest x-ray and
TB Questionnaire for students known to be PPD positive.
- Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination or proof of immunity (If the student
wishes to decline Hepatitis B vaccination, the student must sign the Hepatitis
B Declination Form)
- Td or Tdap results from within the past 10 years
All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application
package will have a personal interview with the Dental Hygiene Admission
* Invasive procedures are innate in the dental hygiene program and include
and are not limited to digital palpation of a needle tip in a body cavity
or the simultaneous presence of the Heath Care Workers (HCW) fingers and
a needle or other sharp instrument or object in a poorly visualized or
highly confined anatomic site. The performance of exposure prone procedures
presents a recognized risk of percutaneous injury to the HCW, and—if
such injury occurs—the HCW’s blood is likely to contact the
patient’s body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and /or mucous membranes.
This can pose a material risk to patients and students in the program
should the HCW have a communicable chronic illness.
Please refer to the following website for the CDC’s MMWR for recommendations for
Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B
Virus to Patients During Exposure Prone Invasive Procedures.
Dental Hygiene Technical Standards
Dental Hygiene students must comply with the following technical standards:
- Be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with
patients, dentists and other members of the healthcare team
- Actively participating in group discussions
- Use communication equipment such as telephone, computer and other devices
for communication and voice recording devices.
- Be able to read and accurately complete relevant reports
- Be able to accurately see and analyze images
- Be able to differentiate colors such as green, blue and various shades of gray.
- Possesses sufficient vision to differentiate and identify ill-defined structures,
borders, anatomical structures and pathological abnormalities correctly
- Be able to describe patient affect, body language, and physical responses
- Possesses sufficient hearing to interact with patients, dentists, and other
- Hears and interprets sounds such as heart and breath sounds and taking
- Detects and distinguishes odors from patients and environment
Physical Requirements including
- Be able to participate in all demonstrations, laboratory activities, and
the clinical training
- Possesses physical coordination to correctly move dental x-ray units and
correct placement for dental radiographs for proper exposure
- Possesses the ability to operate sonic and ultrasonic scaler equipment
for tooth debridement and dental hygiene therapy.
- Be able to handle, lift and transfer patients utilizing proper body mechanics
- Possesses manual dexterity and tactile sensitivity in performing preventive
dental hygiene care procedures, soft tissue maintenance, application of
correct instrumentation, and pain control management.
- Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time (8 or more hours)
- Be able to move upper and lower extremities (include back, hips, and knees)
Mental/ Social/ Ethical
- Possesses flexibility, independent judgment and critical thinking
- Ability to manage stress properly and maintain composure, especially during emergency
- Performs multiple tasks simultaneously when necessary
- Be able to interact with patients, dentists and other members of the healthcare team
- Performs and participate in ethical acts following health protocols
- Effective time management
- Responds to all persons sensitively and respects cultural diversity