Dental Hygiene     (2010-2011)

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year Associate in Science degree program. The program is highly academic with an emphasis on clinical skills to prepare students to assess, develop, plan, implement and evaluate the medical/dental status and appropriate dental hygiene care for the patient. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and qualify for the State of California’s Registered Dental Hygiene licensure examination. Upon graduation, graduates of the program perform preventative dental services, often working one-on-one with a patient.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and values for the practice of dental hygiene.
  2. Students will demonstrate the necessary knowledge and values in legal regulations and ethical issues for the practice of dental hygiene.
Career Opportunities
Dental hygienists can work in general and specialty dental offices offering many different types of preventative services. Other career opportunities include public health educator or administrator, sales representative, continuing education coordinator, dental assisting or dental hygiene instructor, and consultant. An average starting salary is between $65,000 to $125,000 per year. Both part-time and full-time employment is available in the dental hygiene field.
Units required for Major: 124

Associate Degree Requirements:
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
• All General Education requirements
• Required courses (124 Units)
• Electives & other graduation requirements as appropriate.

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 courses must be taken in sequence. All courses for the major must be passed with a grade "C" or higher.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
• Date AVAILABLE: August 1 at our web site:
• Application DEADLINE: February 11 for admittance to the program in June. Applicants who have previously applied and wish to reapply must submit a new application and accompanying materials. Final selection is made by May. Letters of acceptance or non-acceptance are mailed by May.
TRANSCRIPTS: High school and college transcripts are required and should include all work attempted and completed through December of the previous year. Failure to comply will delay processing your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence for admission should be sent via Certified Mail and directed to:
Dental Hygiene Program
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hill, CA 94022

Selective admission into the Dental Hygiene Program is based on the following; high school graduation or equivalency, grades of “C” or higher in high school biology, BIOL 10, or equivalent college biology course; CHEM 30A and 30B or equivalent, AHS 200 and D H 200L, eligibility for ESLL 26 or ENGL 1A; a grade point average of 2.5, and compliance with the technical standards. Dental Hygiene 200L waiver can be obtained by possession of a current and active California RDAEF license (Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions). Prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline. Program information, admission criteria details and applications can be found at the Dental Hygiene Program website:

Additional Dental Hygiene Information:
The Dental Hygiene Program begins in the Summer and extends two years. There is no evening program. All dental hygiene courses must be taken in sequence and passed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Recommendation; It is strongly recommended that BIOL 40A, 40B, 40C, 41, 45, 46 be completed before entrance into the program, due to the academic & clinic load of the dental hygiene program. Anatomy and Physiology studied in a language other than English will not be considered.
Twenty-four students are admitted to the program each year. Selection is made from a large group of qualified applicants and is based on criteria approved by the Foothill College Administration and consistent with State regulations. The criteria includes college units, GPA, science background, and related work experience. The Dental Hygiene Program admissions criteria details and the application can be found at the web site

NOTE: Physical examinations and immunizations are required for clinical internships. Background screening and drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student's chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

Counseling: Please contact the Counseling appointment desk at (650) 949-7423 to make an appointment with the Dental Hygiene Counselor, Ms. Brenda Johnson. We strongly recommend that all prospective applicants meet with Ms. Johnson.

The dental hygiene program has an articulation agreement with San Jose State University for a Bachelor's of Science in Health Sciences, Option 5. It is recommended that students take the following course to prepare for the dental hygiene program and transfer:
ENGL 1B Composition & Critical Reading & Thinking (5 Units)
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics (5 Units)
These courses are not required for the Dental Hygiene Program, but are excellent preparation.

Core Courses: (124 units)
Summer Quarter

D H 50 Orientation to Dental Hygiene (1 Unit)

Fall Quarter
D H 52A Oral Biology (3 Units)
D H 53 Assessment Procedures in the Dental Hygiene Process (4 Units)
D H 54 Preclinical Dental Hygiene (4 Units)
D H 59 Survey of Dentistry (1 Unit)
D H 60A Introduction to Dental Radiography (2 Units)
BIOL 40A Human Anatomy & Physiology I (5 Units)
BIOL 58 Fundamentals of Pharmacology (4 Units)
PSYC 1 General Psychology (5 Units)

Winter Quarter
D H 52B Oral Biology (3 Units)
D H 60B Dental Radiography (1 Unit)
D H 61A Clinical Technique (6 Units)
D H 71 Office Emergency Procedures (2 Units)
D H 72 Dental Materials (3 Units)
D H 73 Dental Health Education (2 Units)
BIOL 40B Human Anatomy & Physiology II (5 Units)
BIOL 41 Microbiology (6 Units)

Spring Quarter
D H 55A Fundamentals of Pathology I (2 Units)
D H 56 Applied Pharmacology in Dentistry (2 Units)
D H 57A Periodontics (2 Units)
D H 61B Introduction to Clinic (4 Units)
D H 68A Radiographic Interpretation (2 Unit)
BIOL 40C Human Anatomy & Physiology III (5 Units)
BIOL 45 Introduction to Human Nutrition (4 Units)

Summer Quarter
D H 62A Clinical Dental Hygiene (3.5 Units)
D H 65 Clinical Local Anesthesia (2.5 Units)

Fall Quarter

D H 55B Fundamentals of Pathology (2 Units)
D H 57B Periodontics (2 Units)
D H 60C Dental Radiography (.5 Unit)
D H 62B Clinical Dental Hygiene (5 Units)
D H 63C Community Dental Health (3 Units)
D H 66 Soft Tissue Curettage (1 Unit)
D H 75A Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (1.5 Units)
HLTH 21 Health Education (3 Units)

Winter Quarter
D H 60D Dental Radiography (.5 Unit)
D H 62C Clinical Dental Hygiene (5 Units)
D H 63D Community Dental Health II (3 Units)
D H 67 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia (1 Unit)
D H 75B Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (1.5 Units)

Spring Quarter
D H 57C Periodontics (2 Units)
D H 60E Dental Radiography (.5 Unit)
D H 62D Clinical Dental Hygiene (5 Units)
D H 64 Ethics, Law & Dental Office Practices (2 Units)
D H 75C Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (1.5 Units)

General Certificate information

Academic Year: 2010-2011

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2010-04-13 08:06:28

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