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About the Dental Hygiene Program

Welcome to our Dental Hygiene home page. We hope this information is helpful getting you started in this rewarding and exciting health career. The Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program has been in existence since 1964 and is accredited by the American Dental Association. This program has a history of ranking as a top DH program over the 40 years the program has existed.

Foothill was given initial approval to participate in the pilot program by the 13-member California Community Colleges Board of Governors in consultation with representatives from the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. Foothill College will award Bachelorís Degrees to Dental Hygiene students who complete the stateís Baccalaureate Degree pilot program, which is tentatively scheduled to start in Fall 2016. Please review the Dental Hygiene application page for details for prerequisites and application information.

The Dental Hygiene program is two years in length including two brief summer sessions. This intensive two-year program begins in the Summer Quarter. The curriculum includes comprehensive courses in basic sciences, oral anatomy, public health, nutrition, clinical Dental Hygiene, periodontics, pathology, radiology and many others.

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene offers you state-of-the-art clinical facilities, experienced, caring faculty, and comprehensive college support services designed to help you succeed. Students are supervised during their clinic experience on patients. Students who successfully complete the program receive a college degree in Dental Hygiene and are qualified to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and state or regional licensing examinations.

Dental Hygienists are in great demand. It is a career offering excellent income, security, flexibility, variety, prestige and respect - the factors you value in a career. Please explore our web site and learn more about our Dental Hygiene program.

Thank you for your interest!

Phyllis Spragge, RDH, MA
Director, Dental Hygiene Program

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Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Mission

The mission of the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program is in accord with the mission of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.

The purpose of the Dental Hygiene program is to educate students who will positively impact the oral health status of the community. This education will include courses in the basic, social and dental sciences, liberal arts and public health with emphasis on the clinical aspect of the Dental Hygiene practice. This education will provide the student with a foundation to pursue life long learning.

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Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Goals

The goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are designed to prepare the Dental Hygiene student upon graduation; (1) to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive Dental Hygiene care in a variety of dental health care settings to individuals from diverse socioeconomic, educational and/or cultural backgrounds; (2) to assume responsibility for oral health wellness and disease prevention in the realm of Dental Hygiene care for individuals and the community; (3) to develop a graduate who practices and promotes ethical and legal considerations in patient care; and (4) to educate students to actively pursue continuing and advanced education.

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Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies

  • Dental Hygiene Process of Care: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive Dental Hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  • Health Education Strategies: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  • Infection & Hazardous Waste Management: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Legal & Ethical Principles: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of Dental Hygiene.

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Program Accreditation & Affiliation

The American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, hereafter referred to as "the Commission", accredits the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program. The Commission is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post secondary Accreditation and the U. S. Department of Education. The Commission conducts the accreditation and site visit process and recommends re-accreditation. The most recent accreditation took place for the Foothill Dental Hygiene Program in 2011. The next site visit will take place in 2018. The Foothill Dental Hygiene Program's master plan, policies, and curriculum are modeled after Commission guidelines. Copies of the standards and guidelines for a model Dental Hygiene Program are on file in the Director's office. Copies of the Accreditation report for the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program are also on file in the Director's office.

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program is affiliated with the University of California, School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California.

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