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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the program begin?

The program will begin with the admission of the inaugural group of students in the Spring of 2018. After that, students will be admitted to the program on a quarterly basis depending on the demand.

Q. How long does it take to get the degree?

It will depend on when the student start the program and how many courses he/she takes per quarter. With Spring admission, all required courses can be completed in 4 quarters if the student takes 2 courses (10 units) each quarter and 8 quarters if one course is taken each quarter. With Fall admission, it will take between 6-8 quarters and 5-8 quarters with Winter admission. Courses are not offered in Summer quarter.

Q.Will I need to be on campus?

All courses are offered online, but there may be an on-campus meeting  on a Friday or on a weekend day (limited to once a quarter). Although it is advisable that students attend the meeding, attendance is not mandatory. Students will be notified of the date in advance.

Note: Individuals who currently reside in certain states are not allowed to enroll in online courses out of state.  These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Washington DC. Please contact A&R (650) 949-7325 for more information.

Q. I meet all the requirements. How soon can I be admitted into the program?

Applicants are admitted into the program on first come first served basis. It is possible that there will be a waiting period before the next admission cycle.

Q. Do I need to complete the CSU or IGETC pattern before I can apply for the program?

If you are missing few GE courses, you can still apply and take those courses concurrently with the program courses, except for Statistics. But it would be advisable to take them before starting the program if there's a waiting period. 


Q. What is a capstone project?

The capstone project is a three-quarter process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice with the guidance of a faculty mentor and culminating in the production of a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the chosen topic.

Some capstone projects may also involve field work. The topic for the capstone project should be related to the field in which the student is interested in pursuing a career after earning the degree and may involve one of the following areas:

  • Dental Hygiene Education
  • Dental Public Health
  • Corporate Educators/Administrators
  • Policy-making
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene/ Basic Science

Q. How much does the program cost?

The course fees are $87 per unit, so the program will cost approximately $4,000 ($9700 for out-of-state students), not including additional costs for textbooks or any other course materials.

Q. Is financial aid available?

Yes. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at

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Hanna Sohn, RDH, MS - AS to BS-DH Program Coordinator