Application Period & Deadlines

Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the following times:

To All Applicants:

Due to the impact that the novel coronavirus on classroom and clinical education during the Spring 2020 term, Pasadena City College's Dental Hygiene Program has elected not to take a Fall 2020 cohort.

Pasadena City College's Dental Hygiene Program is committed to providing students with an empowering education that prepares them to enter the field of Dental Hygiene. To that end, our focus during the Fall 2020 term will be on our current Dental Hygiene students whose education was disrupted due to the coronavirus. We are committed to having our current students' completion of their educational sequence and advancement toward their goal becoming a dental hygienist. 

To students who are currently taking pre-requisite classes, please be advised that the science course that are REQUIRED for the Dental Hygiene Program MUST have "WET" laboratory classes. Unfortunately, as per the Board of Dental Hygiene, the program will not be able to accept science pre-requisites without wet labs. Pre-requisite required lab classes that are entirely online will not meet the required guidelines as established by the Dental Board. 

We anticipate we will return to admitting a normal cohort during the Spring 2021 admissions cycle.  Please periodically return to this page for updates and announcements about the Dental Hygiene Program at PCC.  


Beverly Legg CDA, RDA, RDH, MS, Program Director and Dr. Micah Young, M.D, Dean of Health Sciences

Watch this page fo the latest updates

General Admission Information

  1. 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 Medical Assisting 115.
  2. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying. Work in progress is not accepted.
    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.
  3. The PCC Dental Hygiene Program does not accept transfer students from other Dental Hygiene Programs.
  4. 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 accorded priority admission to the dental hygiene program.

Selection Criteria

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.

Enrollment is determined by the applicant pool and is competitive. 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.

Additional weight is given to candidates with Dental related education or license, dental related work experience, and documented observation hours of a Licensed Registered Dental Hygienist.

How to Apply

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Dental Hygiene program you need to submit an application which includes:

  • A completed Dental Hygiene Program Application (available during the filing period)
  • One official transcript of High School 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.
  • Verification of work experience, observation of dental hygienist, currently held licenses and/or certificates, or enrollment in dental assisting program.

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted into the program, the college’s Records Office will also require transcripts.

2   Submit Your Application Packet

Submit your completed application online. Make sure that attached documents are in a PDF format. Application, transcripts, and supporting documents MUST be received by the division office by the April 1st deadline.

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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

Note: Applicant only need to submit official High School transcript if an Associate Degree is not posted on College transcript.

Program Acceptance

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:

  1. Complete the application for admission to Pasadena City College.
  2. Complete a health clearance. Clinical/laboratory instruction begins the first week of the semester (forms will be provided)
  3. Submit a copy of a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card.
  4. Purchase student malpractice insurance during the first
    semester in the dental hygiene program. Additional information about the insurance will be addressed through the Student American Dental Hygiene Association
    (SADHA) in which you are required to be a member.
  5. You must provide your own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.

Transcript Evaluation

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 |

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 |

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 |

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.