Program Admission


Once you have decided Pacific University's School of Dental Health Science is what you are looking for, the next step is to request an application packet from the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. You do not need to have completed specific program prerequisite course requirements when you apply, but they must be finished before entering the program.

How to Prepare

The School of Dental Health Science faculty believe academic coursework along with life experiences build a strong foundation for success in a professional program. Both your educational and extracurricular activities should provide opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing a degree in dental health.

The admission process required for enrollment into the School of Dental Health Science involves two steps:

  1. Review of your application by the Admissions Committee
  2. An on-campus interview for all qualified applicants

Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee will consider the following factors in the selection process:

Based on the review of the application by the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee, applicants will be invited for on-campus personal interviews. The interview is required and is a strong contributing factor in the admission decision. It allows the Admissions Committee to assess essential skills and factors which may not be reflected in the application. In the interview, consideration is given to knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career as a dental hygienist, ability to think clearly and logically, self-confidence and verbal expression of ideas.


English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University,  prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if english is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens.


Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

Minimum Test Score Requirements





600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall
Minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:


Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.