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Entry-Level Track

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

Entry-Level Track

QUICK VIEW — Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science (Pilot Program SB 850)

Program: Dental Hygiene
Degree/Cert: Bachelor of Science/No
Length: 2 years
Start/End: July/June
Number Accepted: 24
Application Due: Feb. 8
Prerequisites: Yes — See program requirements below
Approx. Cost of Program: College & Enrollment Fees: $9,669, Textbooks: $1,380, Instrument kit: $6,100
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $50,000-$125,000

NoticeBloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Program Requirements

Required Prerequisite Coursework

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5
  • The biological sciences courses must be passed with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Completion of CSU or IGETC pattern general education (includes many of the courses listed below)
  • English composition, reading, critical thinking (2 quarters or semesters) – coursework equivalent to ENGL 1A, 1B also permit 1AH, 1BH, 1CH, 1S & 1T, C-ID equivalents are C-ID ENGL 100, 105, 110)
  • Introduction to speech or communication (1 quarter or semester) – must be a transferable course– coursework equivalent to COMM 1A or COMM 1AH
  • Introduction to sociology (1 quarter or semester) – coursework equivalent to SOC 1 (C-ID descriptor is C-ID SOCI 110)
  • General psychology (1 quarter or semester) – coursework equivalent to PSYC 1, C-ID descriptor is C-ID PSY 110
  • Health (1 quarter or semester) - coursework equivalent to HLTH 21, C-ID or Health 20
  • Statistics (1 quarter or semester) - coursework equivalent to MATH 10, C-ID descriptor is C-ID MATH 110
  • Survey of inorganic, organic and biochemistry and labs (2 quarters or semesters) – coursework equivalent to CHEM 30A & 30B
  • Dental Hygiene 200L – Orientation to Dental Hygiene, take at Foothill College, offered online every quarter, must be taken before applying
  • Human nutrition (1 quarter or semester) – must be a transferable course coursework equivalent to Bio 45, C-ID descriptor is C-ID NUTR 110
  • Microbiology with lab (1 quarter or semester) – must be a transferable course,, coursework equivalent to Bio 41, No C-ID descriptor yet
  • Pharmacology (1 quarter or semester) coursework equivalent to Bio 58, No C-ID descriptor yet
  • General anatomy and physiology with labs (1 year) – coursework equivalent to Bio 40A, 40B, 40C C-ID descriptor is C-ID BIO 155 S or C-ID BIO 110B and 120B
  • A multicultural or ethnic studies course


BS in Dental Hygiene – Entry-level Education Plan Example

  • Preparation for the major = 90.5 quarter units (first two years)
  • Majors courses & upper division GE = 106 quarter units
  • Download >> Entry-Level Education Plan Example  (Updated for 2019-2020)

Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program!

See the Apply for the Program webpage.


Catalog Description

The Dental Hygiene Program is a Bachelor in Science degree program, under the pilot program (SB 850), authorized by the State Chancellor's Office.

The program is highly academic, with an emphasis on evidence based practice and clinical skills to prepare students to assess the medical/dental status of patients, develop a dental hygiene care plan, implement appropriate dental hygiene care, and evaluate outcomes.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation accredits the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and qualify for the State or Regional Registered Dental Hygiene licensure examination.

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Program Brochure

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