About the Program
The Dental Hygiene Program prepares you to assess the medical/dental status of patients, develop a dental hygiene care plan, implement appropriate dental hygiene care, and evaluate outcomes.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (BS-DH)
Emeritus Program Director Phyllis Spragge, right, celebrates with the inaugural baccalaureate class on June 29, 2018. Read the stories of three of our graduates and about the program in a Los Altos Town Crier article, published July 11, 2018.
View photos of our current cohorts and graduating classes since 2018.
The Dental Hygiene Program at Foothill College now offers a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares you to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and qualify for the state or regional Dental Hygiene licensure examination.
Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, our program has been training dental hygienists since 1964.
Foothill was given approval on February 27, 2018 to participate in the pilot program for the baccalaureate degree by the 13-member California Community Colleges Board of Governors in consultation with representatives from the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems.
On October 6, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 927 into law. As a result, the 15 pilot Baccalaureate Degree Programs at community colleges in California became permanent with the “sunset” provision eliminated from legislation. Under AB 927 and authorized by the State Chancellor's Office, the Dental Hygiene Program at Foothill College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and prepares students to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and to qualify for the state or regional Dental Hygiene licensure examination.
Our Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the last site visit in 2018 has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. For additional or contact information, please visit CODA.
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Truc Nguyen, Dental Administrative Assistant
|Patti Chan, RDH, MS
Dental Hygiene Program Director
|Nancy Cheung, MPA
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