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 Dental Hygiene

Maureen Fannon, RDH, MS
Medical Director

Dental Hygiene - Health Science Open House at Malcolm X College ​

Session One: October 21, 2020 (4:00 pm)       
Session Two: November 18, 2020 (4:00 pm)       
Zoom Video Access Link:​ (Meeting Id: 987 0463 5840, Passcode: 964366)       


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:                                     

  • Earn a grade of C or higher in the following prerequisite courses
    • Speech 101
    • Biology 121**, Biology 226** and Biology 227**
    • Microbiology 233**
    • ** All science courses must be taken within 5 years of entering the Program
  • Be 18 years old
  • 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
  • Submit to Office of Registrar Services all official college transcripts attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago

​To Apply to Program: 

Non City Colleges of Chicago Students:

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.                                     

City Colleges of Chicago Students:

All applicants must complete the following prior to receiving the link to the online application:                                   

  • Program prerequisite courses
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.8
  • Submit high school or GED transcript
  • Submit to Office of Registrar Services all official college transcripts attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago
  • Apply to program in the student portal

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

Step 1: Submitting Application within the Student Portal (

  • Under "My Academic Plan"
  • Within "Academic Planning"
  • Click "Selective Application"            

Step 2: Submitting Dental Hygiene Application

  • Students who meet the minimum admissions requirement will receive a link to the online dental hygiene application
  • The online application is a series of questions related to academic and personal history
  • Additional requirements to the online application include: 2 letters of recommendation, a 1-minute video, a 250-word essay, and an interview of a practicing dental hygienist
  • See the admissions packet instructions link on home page for detailed instructions regarding how to submit your packet
  • Applications are due no later than January 22, 2021

Visit our GPS page link below to view the complete dental hygiene curriculum.           

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.                                     

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