Program Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites
  • Anatomy 25 & Physiology 1 - Human Anatomy (4 units) & Human Physiology (4 units)
  • Chemistry 1A (5 units) & 1B (5 units) - General Chem & Chem Analysis OR
  • 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)
  • Humanities - See AS Degree requirements for list of options (Choose one class)
  • Intermediate Algebra - Math 131 equivalent or higher
  • Physical Education ( 2 units) - See AS Degree requirements for list of options (two courses)
  • US History (3 units) AND Political Science (3 units)

Required Coursework

First (Junior) Year:

Math 400A&B or Math 402 4.0 units (May be completed during any semester in Program, but recommended during Summer Session between Year One and Year Two)

Fall Semester

16 Weeks | 15 Units

  • ANAT 1115 - Head Neck Anatomy Histology and Embryology  (3.0 units)
  • DH 101A - Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene (5.0 units)
  • DH 109 - Dental Health Education, Communication and Diversity  (2.0 units)
  • DH 117 -  Dental Morphology and Occlusion (2.0 units)
  • DH 122 -  Medical Evaluation of Dental Hygiene Patients (2 units)
  • DH 200A - Directed Studies in Clinical Dental Hygiene (1 unit)
Spring Semester

16 Weeks | 15.5 Units

  • DH 101B - Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (5.0 units)
  • DH 105 - Advanced Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (3.0 units)
  • DH 116 - Dental Materials (2.5 units)
  • DH 107 - Introduction to Oral Health Research (2.0 units)
  • DH 141 - Oral Radiology (3.0 units)
Summer Intercession

6 Weeks | 3 Units

  • DH 104A - Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice: Pain Control  (2.0 Units)
  • DH 200B - Advanced Techniques in Clinical Dental Hygiene (1.0 unit)

Second (Senior) Year

Speech 1 or Speech 10 3.0 units (May be completed during any semester in Program, but recommended during Summer Session between Year One and Year Two )

Fall Semester

16 Weeks | 14.0 Units

  • DH 104B - Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice  (7.0 units)
  • DH 108 - Pharmacology (2.0 units)
  • DH 113A - Periodontics  (2.0 units)
  • DH 119A - Community Dental Health (2.0 units)
  • DH 121 - Clinical Practice in Alternative Settings (2.0 units)
Spring Semester

16 Weeks | 12.0 Units

  • DH 104C -  Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (7 units)
  • DH 111 - Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (2 units)
  • DH 113B - Advanced Periodontics ( 1 unit)
  • DH 121 - Clinical Practice in Alternative Settings (1 unit)
  • DH 201 - Dental Hygiene Skills Enhancement Lab (1 unit)
Summer Intercession

6 Weeks | 1.0 unit

  • DH 200C*** - Clinical Board Preparation

Recommended electives:

  • DH 200C Clinical Board Preparation (1 unit, elective for graduates)*** 
  • DH 119B Community Dental Health Lab (0.5 unit)
  • DH 120 Independent Study (1 unit)

Course Resources

Use the resources below to see full course descriptions and check on the availability of courses in a given semester.


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.

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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.