According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 33% through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations as there will become an increasing demand for dental care and the greater use of dental hygienists. Opportunities exist for a registered dental hygienist in general or dental specialties such as pediatrics and periodontics. Other career opportunities include public health, sales representative, dental hygiene educator, consultant and continuing education.
The Dental Hygiene bachelor in science degree is a 2+2 program: two years of prerequisite courses, including the required general education, science courses and social sciences courses; then, following an application and acceptance to the dental hygiene program, there are two years of dental hygiene core courses and upper division general education. The bachelor degree requires completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Completion of the pre-program courses and general education does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program. It is strongly recommended that students meet with a counselor to create an education plan.
NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree. All dental hygiene courses must be taken in sequence and must be completed with a grade "C" or better.
Students who wish to apply for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver pursuant to Education Code Section 76300 shall be required to complete and submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application in lieu of completing the Board of Governors Fee Waiver application.
Enrollment Fees and Tuition: Upper Division Coursework Fee (California Education Code (CEC), 78042(g)(5); CCR, title 5, section 58520) – additional upper division course fee of $56/unit for quarter system colleges charged on all upper division courses that are part of an approved Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program.
Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria and application to the program can be found on the Dental Hygiene Program website: http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/dentalh/
Program Prerequisites: (must be completed with a grade of "C" or better)
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• College GPA of 2.5 or higher.
The following courses are required for the Dental Hygiene Bachelor in Science degree and must be completed before starting the core dental hygiene courses.
• CHEM 30A and 30B or equivalent.
• One of the following: MATH 10, PSYC 7 or SOC 7 or equivalent.
• HLTH 21 or equivalent.
• PSYC 1 or equivalent.
• SOC 1 or equivalent.
• COMM 1A or equivalent.
• Multicultural or ethnic studies course.
• BIOL 40A, 40B, 40C or equivalent.
• BIOL 41 or equivalent.
• BIOL 45 or equivalent.
• BIOL 58 or equivalent.
• AHS 200.
• D H 200L.
• One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
• One of the following: ENGL 1B or 1BH.
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
D H 50 Orientation to Dental Hygiene (1 unit)
D H 300A Oral Biology I (3 units)
D H 302 Assessment Procedures in Dental Hygiene (3 units)
D H 304 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (5 units)
D H 305A Introduction to Dental Radiography I (2 units)
IDS 300* Research Methodology for Health Professionals (5 units)
D H 300B Oral Biology II (3 units)
D H 305B Dental Radiography II (1 unit)
D H 308 Clinical Technique (6 units)
D H 310 Dental Materials (3 units)
D H 312 Emergency Procedures (2 units)
D H 314 Dental Health Education (2 units)
D H 305C Dental Radiography III (2 units)
D H 316A Periodontics I (3 units)
D H 318 Introduction to Clinic (5 units)
BIOL 300* Human Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (4 units)
D H 320A Clinical Dental Hygiene I (3 units)
D H 322 Local Anesthesia (2.5 units)
D H 316B Periodontics II (2 units)
D H 320B Clinical Dental Hygiene II (8.5 units)
D H 324 Oral Pathology (2 units)
D H 326A Community Dental Health I (2 units)
D H 328A Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory I (2 units)
D H 305D Dental Radiography IV (1 unit)
D H 320C Clinical Dental Hygiene III (8.5 units)
D H 326B Community Dental Health II (2 units)
D H 328B Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II (2 units)
D H 330 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia (1 unit)
D H 320D Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (8.5 units)
D H 326C Community Dental Health III (2 units)
D H 328C Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory III (2 units)
D H 332 Ethics, Law & Business Practices (3 units)
HLTH 300** Health Across the Lifespan (4 units)
* Upper Division General Education course.
** Pending ACCJC policy changes, HLTH 300 may be required as an additional Upper Division General Education course.