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Dental Hygiene

Maureen Fannon, RDH, MS
Medical Director

To Apply to Program:

The deadline to submit your online application is January 4, 2018.  It is strongly encouraged that applicants submit their completed admissions packet BEFORE the final deadline of January 14, 2019.   

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA 
  • Submit high school or GED transcript 
  • Submit official college transcripts.  
  • Apply to program in student portal [] 
  • Submit Admissions Packet 
  • Submit letters of recommendation 
  • Submit personal statement 
  • Submit observation hours 

To Learn More About Program and Admissions:  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Malcolm X College Dental Hygiene Program is to educate students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to diverse populations using critical thinking and evidenced-based decision making.

Dental Hygiene Profession

Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who work under the supervision of a dentist to provide preventive oral health care to patients.  Career opportunities include:  private practice, public health, education, business and research.  The bureau of labor statistics cites the average salary for a full-time dental hygienist with an Associate's degree is @ $74,070

Minimum Admission Requirements  

Applicants are eligible to apply online once the following criteria have been met:                                  

  •  A grade of C or higher has been earned for the following prerequisite courses: Speech 101, **Biology 121, **Biology 226, **Biology 227, **Microbiology 233 (**All science prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of applying to the Program) 
  • You are at least 18 years of age 
  • A graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a GED 
  • Meet the general admissions requirements for City Colleges of Chicago including successful completion of all prerequisite courses for the Dental Hygiene Program 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in all college level work  
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation 
  •  Submit an autobiographical statement that addresses why the applicant chose Dental Hygiene as a career     
  • It is highly encouraged that applicants have at least 20 documented hours of observing a licensed dental hygienist in a workplace setting) 

All applicants must first apply to City Colleges of Chicago and submit to MXC Registrar Services 1 copy of each official grade transcript from all Colleges and Universities attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago. 

It is encouraged that applicants complete all pre-requisite courses prior to applying to the Program.                                

Upon admission into the dental hygiene program, students must submit required immunizations, CPR certification and complete a drug screening and background check.  Students are responsible for buying all required books, instruments, uniforms, and licensure examination fees. Program curriculum, admission requirements, and cost estimates are subject to change. Please contact the department office for current guidelines.                                                                         

Credit Transfer of dental hygiene program courses-   The acceptance of credits is at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits.   Dental hygiene courses at Malcolm X College are specifically designed for career preparation.  Students must assume that the dental hygiene credits are not transferable to another institution.                         

Submitting Application within Student Portal ( )

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application”  



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