Applying to Biological & Health Programs
Foothill's Biological & Health Sciences Division offers many excellent health career programs. The Dental Hygiene Program, for example, started in 1964 and ranks as one of the top programs in the United States. Based on national board exam scores, the program ranked No. 2 in the nation out of 250 programs in 2003 and 2005.
Many of these popular programs have limited enrollment and require a separate application. If you plan to major in one of the fields below, you will be required to follow special admission procedures. Some of these programs begin only in the Fall Quarter.
Application Procedure:
Since these programs require a separate application, you have two admissions options.
Option 1: You can be accepted to Foothill to study biological sciences and start taking some of the general education pre-requisites for your chosen program, such as biology, chemistry, etc. You can then apply for admission to the program by the next application deadline.
Option 2: If you would like to enter your chosen program directly from overseas, you must complete all special program admission requirements before you submit an International Student Application. Click on each program below for more details.
After you are accepted into the program of your choice, you should complete the International Student Application and submit a copy of your acceptance notification with other required documents to the International Student Office.
List of Biology & Health Sciences Programs
Requiring a Special Application:

  • Dental Assisting Program /bio/programs/dentala/
    The curriculum covers courses in dental assisting procedures, radiology and business practice.
  • Dental Hygiene Program /bio/programs/dentalh/
    The curriculum includes comprehensive courses in basic sciences, oral anatomy, public health, nutrition, clinical dental hygiene, periodontics, pathology, radiology and other areas.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography /bio/programs/ultra/
    The program emphasizes abdominal, obstetrics, gynecology, vascular, neurosonography and specialty applications.
  • Pharmacy Technician /bio/programs/pharmtec/
    Under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, technicians perform tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distributing, controlling, packaging and labeling of pharmaceutical products.
  • Radiology Technology /bio/programs/radtech/
    Radiologic technologists work closely with doctors to provide diagnostic radiographs in the radiology department, surgery and emergency room.
  • Radiation Therapy
    The areas of study include medical technology, methods of patient care, human anatomy and physiology, clinical radiation oncology and pathology, treatment planning, and radiographic imaging.
  • Respiratory Therapy /bio/programs/respther/
    Students learn to monitor and manage the ventilation of critically ill patients and provide acute and chronic care to patients with pulmonary disease.
  • Veterinary Technology /bio/programs/vettech/
Please note that we cannot accept international students on F-1 visas into the following programs due to immigration regulations: Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Training Program, Emergency Medical Technology, Paramedic Program and Primary Care Associate Program.
Statement about 120-day suspension of refugee programs and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. (PDF)
140 FHDA international students accepted to UCLA, 94 to UC Berkeley, 344 to UC San Diego, 385 to UC Davis for Fall 2015; 72 to USC for Fall 2014! Our students were also accepted to MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Purdue, NYU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and more!

International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success

Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012

Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).

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