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Welcome to the AS to BS-DH Program!

Our fully online program is currently accepting applications for Winter 2020.


Are You a Licensed Dental Hygienist?

Our program is for you. If you are a licensed dental hygienist (RDH or RDHAP) from an accredited two-year community college dental hygiene program, our B.S. completion degree will broaden your educational experiences. We provide an in-depth curriculum, including, but not limited to: developing a capstone project and developing skills in critical thinking, writing, communication, cultural sensitivity, conducting research, and reporting. The dental hygiene degree completion program will expand your professional opportunities beyond the private dental office and promote career advancement in management, education, public health, and research. We prepare dental hygienists to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner. 

The BS-DH degree will require completion of a minimum of 189 quarter units (125 semester units), including general education course work in alignment with CSU or IGETC pattern general education.

Approx. Cost of Program tuition: $4000 for CA residents and $9700 for non-residents (excluded additional costs for textbooks) 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professionalism 
    The Foothill College AS to BS-DH graduate will demonstrate their competence in their role as health professionals at the local, state, and national levels. The graduate will possess the ethics, values, skills, and knowledge integral to all aspects of the profession.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    The Foothill College AS to BS-DH graduate will be competent in the performance and delivery of oral health promotion and disease prevention services in public health, private practice and alternative settings. The graduate will be able to exercise evidence based practice, critical thinking and communicate effectively in all professional employment settings.

About the Program

Students are admitted into the program on a quarterly basis (Fall, Winter, and Spring). 

All courses in the program are offered online. Students in the program have the flexibility to choose how many classes (between 1-3) they take each quarter based on their work schedule. 

There are 8 online courses total students need to take. Please see the “BS-DH Degree Courses” below for more information about the courses.

 Foothill College gives credit for prior learning to meet 24 upper-division quarter units toward the BSDH degree:   

  • Active and in good standing Registered Dental Hygiene license- passing of three exams: Discipline-Based Component of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination, State or Regional Dental Hygiene Clinical Licensing Examination and State Law & Ethics Examination-20 units

  • BIOL 300 Human Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (upper division GE):  passing of the Comprehensive Case-Based Component of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination-4 units

Curriculum map for the program, click here


 Course Schedule 2019-2020

* Our course schedule is subject to change.

FALL 2019 WINTER 2020 SPRING 2020


Research and Capstone Project I


Research Methodology for Health Professionals


Research Methodology for Health Professionals


Health Across the Lifespan


Health Communication & Multicultural Issues


Education Theory & Practice


Health Communication & Multicultural Issues


Research and Capstone Project II


Research and Capstone Project III


Healthcare Management


Education Theory & Practice


Health Across the Lifespan



Healthcare Management

Admission Process 

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Minimum cumulative college GPA 2.75
  • Licensed in good standing as a Registered Dental Hygienist
GE Requirements

Completion of the CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Completion of the Associate Degree GE pattern does not complete the GE requirements for the Bachelor of Sciences degree. Students with AS in Dental Hygiene will need to take a few additional GE courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. In general, students who have completed an AS degree in Dental Hygiene still need to take some Humanities courses and Statistics to complete either the CSU or IGETC pattern of general education.

If you are missing  a few courses, those can be taken concurrenly with the program courses. But if you are missing more than a few, it is advisable that students complete them prior to applying for our program. Statistics must be taken prior to enrolling IDS300.

 Please refer to Foothill College counseling department website under General Education for more details about CSU or IGETC GE (

Please complete the GE Worksheet for BS in Dental Hygiene  and attach it to your application. 

Check this website to schedule appointment with couselors Counseling appointments are also available via phone.

General education may be transferred from accredited colleges but must be equivalent to Foothill College courses and transferrable to CSU or UC. We recommend meeting with a counselor from the school you graduated from to see if you have completed all the required general education. All required general education must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before the bachelor’s degree can be granted.


Required Documents 
      • One-page personal statement addressing  the following points:  

        • Discuss the reasons you are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. 
        • Tell us about your short and long-term goals and career plans. 
        • What are your particular interests in health care and dental hygiene?  
        • The bachelor’s degree completion program requires a scholarly capstone project, give two examples of areas that you would be interested in researching, developing, implementing and evaluating for your project. Give insight into why these areas are important to you. 
      • A copy of RDH pocket license
      • Completed GE Worksheet for BS in Dental Hygiene (found above)
      • Optional: Documentation of completion of CSU or IGETC General education (CSU or IGETC certification which can be issued from the school you attended or DegreeWorks Audit Report).  

 GE Certification Letter (please provide this letter to your school to help facilitate the process of getting the certification)

BS-DH Degree Courses

Upper Division GE Courses

  • IDS 300- Research Methods, Statistics & Critical Thinking for Health Professions (5 units)
  • HLTH 300: Healthcare across the lifespan (5 units)

Core Courses

  • DH 350 A: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course I (5 units)
  • DH 350 B: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course II (5 units)
  • DH 350 C: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course III (5 units)
  • DH 352: Health Communication & Multicultural Issues (5 units)
  • DH 354: DH Healthcare Management (5 units)
  • DH 356: Education theory, Practice and Administration (5 units)

* Note

  • Statistics is a prerequisite for IDS300.
  • IDS 300 must be taken prior to enrolling in DH 350A in Fall.
  • DH 350A, DH 350B, and DH 350C must be taken in sequential order in three consecutive quarters (starting in Fall).

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