Readmission Policy

Readmission Policy: Students may reenter the Dental Hygiene Program within two years of withdrawal and be considered for advanced placement in the program depending on resources available. Dental Hygiene Courses taken more than two years prior to readmission may need to be repeated.   In cases of significant curriculum revision, courses taken less than two years prior to readmission may have to be repeated because of the change in course content. A student may be readmitted to the Dental Hygiene Program ONE TIME ONLY. Students who are readmitted will be tested in the basic skills up to the withdrawal point in the program to assure competency in didactic information and clinical skills. An individualized educational plan will be developed as needed for the student’s readmission.  Due to an individual educational plan needing to be established and completed prior to readmission, any student interested in readmission should stay in contact with the Program Director to ensure there is appropriate time to complete the educational plan. 

Readmitted students who return to the program will be held to the policies and procedures of the college catalog and student handbook that is in place for the semester in  which they are returning.

Readmission is not guaranteed and may not be permitted in cases where a student is dismissed for ethical reasons, when patient safety is of concern, or where cheating/plagiarism has occurred. 

Applicants for readmission will be accepted on a space available basis and must meet the following admission criteria:

Health Certification:

  • Must be completely redone if the student is out of the Program two or more consecutive semesters. (Example: Fall and Spring)
  • A Tuberculosis Blood test must be done as a component of acceptance to the program or chest x-rays in instances of a positive TB test.  The TB test must be considered up to date at the time of readmission.

America Heart Association, BLS for Health Care Provider CPR Certification:

  • Certification is good for two calendar years.  The student must maintain current CPR certification while enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.  If the current certification expires prior to the anticipated graduation date, the student will be required to complete another CPR course while in the program. Failure to maintain a current CPR certification will result in immediate withdrawal from all clinical courses and dismissal from the program.

Background Checks/Drug Testing/:

Must be completely redone if the student is out of the Program for two consecutive semesters or more. (Example: Fall and Spring)  Based on the results of these checks and screenings, students may become ineligible for readmission into the program. Re-admission eligible students interested in returning to the program, should request a copy of the current Dental Hygiene Program handbook to review the Background/Drug testing policies.

Readmission after enrollment in one semester of the program: Any student who previously was accepted and initiated courses in the Dental Hygiene Program, but withdrew or did not successfully complete the courses in one of the the first two semesters (Summer and Fall) of the program, will not be eligible for advanced placement readmission. The student will be required to reapply to the program during the open admission cycle and will be considered for admission with the pool of “new” applicants for the Summer  semester start.  Readmission will be on a space available basis and is not guaranteed.

Readmission with unsatisfactory grades: If the student leaves the program due to unsatisfactory performance after completion of the first two semesters (Summer and Fall), the student has the option to apply to re-enter the program and repeat the unsatisfactorily completed course(s) depending on resources  and space available. The student must make an appointment with the program director at least one semester prior to the anticipated remediation entry date for planned enrollment in DEH 2903 Special Topics in Dental Hygiene. The student and program director will work together to develop an Educational Success Plan to focus on the remediation of skills and knowledge specific to the needs of the student. This plan must be successfully completed prior to the start of the semester the student is to re-enter the program. Failure to satisfactorily complete any components of the remediation plan or any other requirements identified in the educational success plan will result in forfeiture of the students position for reentry into the program. Students who exercise this option are advised that dental hygiene courses are only offered once per year. Therefore, the student must wait one year to re-attempt courses. Students who successfully complete repeated courses will be allowed to continue in the program from the point in the curriculum where they originally exited. Readmission options can only be used one time.

Applications for readmission to the Dental Hygiene Program are available through the Dental Hygiene Program Department (Bradenton - Bldg #2) or on the website:

Download Dental Hygiene Application for Readmission Form

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