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Entry-Level Track

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

QUICK VIEW — Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science


On July 13, 2020, the Director of Department of Consumer Affair (DCA) issued an Order Waiving Wet Laboratory Admission Standard for Dental Hygiene Educational Programs. The order was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2022. As of now, there is no order to extending the waiver.

Program: Dental Hygiene
Degree/Cert: Bachelor of Science/No
Length: 2 years
Start/End: July/June
Number Accepted: 24
Application Timeline: October 1- February 1 
Prerequisites: Yes, see program requirements.   
Approx. Cost of the Dental Hygiene Program: College & Enrollment Fees: $9,600, Other expenses such as textbooks, instrument kit, uniforms, national board exam, etc ~ $10,000. See estimated expenses
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $50,000-$125,000

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Become a Dental Hygienist

What is a registered dental hygienist?

A registered dental hygienist is a preventive oral health professional licensed in dental hygiene who provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

About Our Program

The Dental Hygiene Program at Foothill College was established in 1964 and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.   The program is well known throughout the community and the state for providing educated and qualified dental hygienists.

 As a Dental Hygienist, you will:

  1. Educate clients on the link between oral and systemic health
  2. Remove hard and soft dental deposits from the teeth
  3. Analyze the risk of oral diseases such as dental decay, oral cancer and periodontal disease
  4. Collaborate and consult with health care professionals regarding client treatment
  5. Expose and evaluate dental radiographs
  6. Apply dental sealants and fluoride to strengthen and protect tooth surfaces
  7. Educate clients about oral diseases and oral hygiene techniques and products
  8. Place interim therapeutic restorations
  9. Administer local anesthetic agents and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia for pain control
  10. Counseling on healthy dietary choices and habits
Career Advancement in Dental Hygiene:

Dental hygienists with a Bachelor’s degree can pursue many career opportunities.  They can work as a(n)...

  • Clinician
  • Educator
  • Corporate  
  • Public Health
  • Administrator
  • Researcher

Apply for Entry-Level Track Dental Hygiene Program

Program Brochure

Dental Hygiene BS Entry Level Program Brochure cover

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