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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
FT/PT: FT
Number Accepted: 24
Application Timeline: October 1- February 1 
Prerequisites: Yes, see program requirements below. Announcement - Bio 58 (Pharmacology) is now offered in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.  
Approx. Cost of the Dental Hygiene 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 (Download the list here)

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5
  • Recency of courses: There is a six-year recency requirement for the biological sciences courses*(anatomy and physiology, nutrition, microbiology and pharmacology) which 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)
COURSE NAME COURSE EQUIVALENT C-ID DESCRIPTOR

General anatomy & physiology with labs*
(1 year)

BIO 40A, 40B & 40C C-ID BIO 155S or C-ID BIO 110B and 120B

Human nutrition*
(1 QTR/SEM)

BIO 45 C-ID NUTR 110

Microbiology with lab*
(1 QTR/SEM)

BIO 41  None

Pharmacology*
(1 QTR/SEM) – must be taken at Foothill College. No substitution.

BIO 58  None

Survey of inorganic, organic & biochemistry & labs
(2 QTRs/SEMs)

CHEM 30A & 30B C-ID CHEM 101 (CHEM 30A) & CHEM 102(CHEM 30B)

Introduction to speech or communication
(1 QTR/SEM)

COMM 1A or COMM 1AH or ANY COMM in CSU A1 or IGETC 1C C-ID COMM 110 

Introduction to Dental Hygiene
(1 QTR) – must be taken at Foothill College. No substitution.

DH 200L  None

English composition & reading 
(1 QTRs/STR)

ENGL 1A or 1AH or 1S/1T

C-ID ENGL 100

English composition, critical reading & thinking 
(1 QTRs/STR)

ENGL 1B or 1BH or 1C or 1CH or PHIL 1, or 7, or 30

C-ID ENGL 105, ENGL 110; PHIL 210 (PHIL 7)

Health
(1 QTR/STR)

HLTH 21 (recommended) or HLTH 20 C-ID PHS 100 or C-ID PHS 101

Statistics
(1 QTR/STR)

MATH 10 or PSYC 7 or SOC 7 C-ID MATH 110

General psychology
(1 QTR/STR)

PSYC 1 (recommended) or ANY Psychology course C-ID PSY 110

Introduction to sociology
(1 QTR/STR)

SOC 1 (recommended) or ANY Sociology course C-ID SOCI 110

Multicultural/Ethnic studies course
Elective (CSU Area C GE requirement)

COMM 12 or COMM 10 (recommended) C-ID COMM 150 (COMM 12) 

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.

Apply for Entry-Level Track Dental Hygiene Program

Program Brochure

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Truc Nguyen, Dental Administrative Assistant

dentalhygieneclinic@foothill.edu


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