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Entry-Level Track

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

QUICK VIEW — Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science

Program: Dental Hygiene
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Length: 2 years/Full-time
Start/End: July/June
Number Accepted: 24
Application Timeline: October 1- February 1 
Prerequisites: Yes, see program requirements.   
Approx. Cost of Program: $20,000. See estimated expenses
National Board Exam: Yes
Regional Clinical Licensing Exam: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $98,000-$125,000 (in CA)

Note: Did you know that attending the Dental Assisting Program at Foothill College, could earn 4 extra points toward your application? Check out the Dental Assisting Program today!

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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.

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
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.

Successful completion of the two year program qualifies you to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and the Regional Board Exams for Licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist. See below table for the pass rates.

  Year      National Board Dental Hygiene Exam Dental Hygiene Licensure Exam 
2022 100 % 100 %
2021 100 % 100 %
2020 100 % 100 %
2019 100 % 100 %
2018 100 % 100 %


Apply for Entry-Level Track Dental Hygiene Program


Important changes were made for the upcoming application cycle 23-24. Review the application sample carefully.

Did you know that attending the Dental Assisting Program at Foothill College, could earn 4 extra points toward your application? Check out the Dental Assisting Program today!

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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