Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program
Application Period & Deadlines
Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the following times:
MARCH 1st - APRIL 1st
Please periodically return to this page for updates and announcements about the Dental Hygiene Program at PCC.
Adrine Reganian, RDHAP, BSDH, MSHS, Program Director and Dr. Micah Young, M.D, Dean of Health Sciences
General Admission Information
- To be a candidate for the Dental Hygiene Program, you must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English. To enhance success, students who have English as a second language are encouraged to enroll in Speech 3, 121 and/or 125, and Health Sciences 115.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying. Work in progress is
Some prerequisite courses including upper-division courses completed at another institution may require a "Pre-requisite Equivalency Petition". If you have taken courses and you are unsure if they are transferable or equivalent to prerequisite requirements it is your responsibility to determine course equivalency prior to applying to the program.
- The PCC Dental Hygiene Program does not accept transfer students from other Dental Hygiene Programs.
- Jobs for Veterans Act
Pursuant to the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA) eligible U.S. veterans and eligible spouses, discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and who have met the requirements for the program will be given priority in the admissions process.
As an applicant to the Dental Hygiene program, you will be contacted by email and a phone call and informed of acceptance status as well as information regarding the next steps in the process. Placement on the alternate list does not guarantee acceptance for the following year. All alternates who are not accepted into the program must reapply.
The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the program. “In Progress” work for the prerequisites will not be considered during the selection process.
The required prerequisites are requirements of the Dental Hygiene Board of California consistent with requirements for admission of all DH Students effective April 2022.
Anatomy 25 & Physiology 1 - Human Anatomy (4 units) & Human Physiology (4 units)
Chemistry 2A(4 units) & 2B (4units) - General, Organic & Biochemistry
Microbiology 2 - Microbiology (4 units)
Nutrition 11 - Human Nutrition (3 units)
English 1A - Reading & Composition (4 units)
Psychology 1 - Introductory Psychology (3 units)
Sociology 1 - Introductory Sociology (3 units)
Speech 1 - Fundamentals of Speech (3 units) OR Speech 10 Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
AP scores can be used for only English and Math prerequisites.
In addition, all students must be eligible to receive an associate degree in dental hygiene upon completion of the program in order to be licensable in the State of California. As such you will need to complete the above course work in addition to satisfying one of the approved general educational patterns of the college to be eligible to be awarded an associate degree.
Local General Education Pattern
California State University (CSU) General Education Pattern
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) General Education Pattern
Additionally, acceptance into the program may also be based on the outcome of a criminal background check. A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisite courses. ALL applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the prerequisite courses in order to be considered for acceptance into the dental hygiene program.
Applicants are admitted to the program using a random selection method following all applicable State and Federal laws.
How to Apply
To apply to the Dental Hygiene program you need to submit an application which includes:
- A completed Dental Hygiene Program Application (available during the application period only)
- One official transcript of High School or its equivalent and ALL U.S. colleges and universities attended, including Pasadena City College*
*If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.
2 Submit Your Application Packet
Submit your completed application online. Application, transcripts, and supporting documents MUST be received by the division office by the deadline.
Submit all official College and High School transcripts to:
Pasadena City College
Dental Hygiene Program
Health Sciences Division W-204
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
The Health Sciences Division will inform you of the status of your application by email upon submission of all required documentation.
Upon acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program, you are required to:
If you are a student with foreign transcripts, you must have your transcripts evaluated by one of the following three companies before applying:
International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 | www.ierf.org
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 | http://www.acei-global.org/application-for-evaluation
American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com