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Thinking about a career in the dental field?
Check Out Your Career Options for Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene at the Dental Programs Information Night

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
5:00 PM-5:30 PM dental clinic tours in Room 5312

5:30 PM-6:30 PM in Room 8338
... on the Foothill Campus

No reservations needed; just be sure to bring $3.00 for a parking permit (Parking Lot 6), if you are not currently taking classes at Foothill this quarter. For more information, download our flyer.

Welcome to our dental hygiene home page. We hope this information is helpful getting you started in this rewarding and exciting health career. The dental hygiene program is two years in length including two brief summer sessions. You will find details for prerequisites and application information as well as links to other dental hygiene related topics on this site.

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene program is ranked among the top dental hygiene programs in the country. The dental hygiene program outcomes are excellent, with 100% of our dental hygiene students passing the National Board exam since the inception of the program in 1964. The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation. It is a full-time, two-year program leading to an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 38 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care, and the greater use of dental hygienists.

This intensive two-year program begins in the Summer Quarter. The curriculum includes comprehensive courses in basic sciences, oral anatomy, public health, nutrition, clinical dental hygiene, periodontics, pathology, radiology and many others.

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene program offers you state-of-the-art clinical facilities, experienced caring faculty, and comprehensive college support services designed to help you succeed. Students are supervised during their clinical experience on patients. Students who successfully complete the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, and are qualified to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and the California State Licensing Examination.

Dental Hygienists are in great demand. It is a career offering excellent income, security, flexibility, variety, prestige and respect - the factors you value in a career. Please explore our web site and learn more about our program and the application process.

Thank you for your interest!

Phyllis Spragge, RDH, MA
Director, Dental Hygiene Program

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Program Mission

The mission of the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program is in accord with the mission of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.

The purpose of the dental hygiene program is to educate students who will positively impact the oral health status of the community. This education will include courses in the basic, social and dental sciences, liberal arts and public health with emphasis on the clinical aspect of the dental hygiene practice. This education will provide the student with a foundation to pursue life long learning.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program:
  • will demonstrate the necessary knowledge and vales in legal regulations and ethical issues for the practice of dental hygiene.
  • will demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and values for the practice of dental hygiene.

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Program Competencies

  • Dental Hygiene Process of Care: Dental hygiene graduates must be competent in assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  • Health Education Strategies: Dental hygiene graduates must be competent in health education strategies for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  • Infection & Hazardous Waste Management: Dental hygiene graduates must be competent in infection and hazardous waste control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Legal & Ethical Principles: Dental hygiene graduates must be competent in the legal and ethical principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.

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Criteria For Successful Program Completion

  1. All students must complete the courses in the curriculum set forth by the program in sequence and with final grades of "C" or better, in order to progress to the next quarter.
  2. All students must complete the general education requirements set forth by the College before they will be awarded the Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
  3. All students must pass appropriate program requirements before being eligible to sit for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination.
  4. All students must pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, complete the program requirements to a competent level, and graduate in order to be eligible to sit for the California State Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
  5. Failure to pass either the National or State Board Examinations will be handled on an individual basis.
  6. All students must participate in a minimum of 20 hours of community service before being eligible for graduation.
  7. Students must successfully complete all dental hygiene program competencies, clinical requirements, portfolio review, OSCE exams, and possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform their job at a level expected of a licensed professional before graduating and being certified to take the State Board examination.

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Program Accreditation & Affiliation

The American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, hereafter referred to as "the Commission", accredits the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program. The Commission is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post secondary Accreditation and the U. S. Department of Education. The Commission conducts the accreditation and site visit process and recommends re-accreditation. The most recent accreditation took place for the Foothill Dental Hygiene Program in October 2010. The next site visit will take place in 2018. The Foothill Dental Hygiene Program's master plan, policies, and curriculum are modeled after Commission guidelines. Copies of the standards and guidelines for a model Dental Hygiene Program are on file in the Director's office. Copies of the Accreditation report for the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program are also on file in the Director's office. The Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program is affiliated with the University of California, School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California. top of page