Become a Dental Hygienist
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)
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 initial approval 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.
We expect to award our first bachelor of science degrees to the graduating class of 2018.
Two Tracks for the BS in Dental Hygiene
Cost for Program
In addition to the per-unit and basic fees for lower-division courses, you will pay an additional $56 per unit for upper-division courses.
Throughout the upper-division portion of the program, you will learn clinical techniques and dental hygiene theory, using leading-edge technology and equipment in the on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic.
- The dental hygiene curriculum will prepare you to assess the medical and dental status of patients, develop and implement dental hygiene care plans, and evaluate patient outcomes.
- You’ll also learn to design and conduct effective research methodologies, and present research findings in academic lectures and at professional conferences.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn the Foothill College Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene and clinical licensing examinations in the U.S.
Please review the Dental Hygiene application process for details for prerequisites and application information.
Degree & Program Types
Check out this list for a quick view of our dental hygiene programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Program: Dental Hygiene
Length: 2 years
Number Accepted: 24
Application Due: Feb. 8, 2018
Prerequisites: Yes — See entry-level track requirements
Approx. Cost of Program: $13,000 (Instrument kit $5,000)
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $50,000-$125,000
Questions?We're Here to Help!
Jenevieve Alvarez, Health Career Coordinator
Building 5200, Room 5224
|Phyllis Spragge, RDH, RDHAP, MA
Dental Hygiene Director
Dental Hygiene Clinic Office Manager
|Nanette Solvason, Division Dean
Division Administrative Assistant
|Biological & Health Sciences Division|