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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does it take to get the degree?

In order to complete the BSDH degree, students will choose from two different educational plan options to complete the required 8 online courses in either 1 or 2 years.  See the Program Educational Plan Options for details.

Q.Will I need to be on campus?

The courses are all online, so there is no on-campus requirement. However, students are invited to attend the commencement ceremony on-campus in June if they wish. 

Note: Individuals who currently reside in certain states are not allowed to enroll in online courses out of state.  These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Washington DC. Please contact A&R (650) 949-7325 for more information.

Q. I meet all the requirements. How soon can I be admitted into the program?

Applicants are admitted into the program on first come first served basis. It is possible that there will be a waiting period before the next admission cycle. Always check the website for updates.

Q. Do I need to complete the CSU or IGETC pattern before I can apply for the program?

If you are missing few GE courses, you can still apply and take those courses concurrently with the program courses. But it would be advisable to take them before starting the program if there's a waiting period. 


Q. What is the CSU or IGETC GE Pattern?

Completion of the CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Completion of the Associate Degree GE pattern does not complete the GE requirements for the Bachelor of Sciences degree.  Students with AS in Dental Hygiene will need to take a few additional GE courses for the Bachelor of Science degree.

In most cases missing GE course requirements are as follows: 

  • English 1B 
  • Sociology 
  • Humanities courses 
  • Statistics

General education may be transferred from accredited colleges but must be equivalent to Foothill College courses and transferable to CSU or UC. All required general education must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before the bachelor’s degree can be granted.

Please read CSU or IGETC GE Information/Guide to learn more about GE pattern for general information. 

Students can take GE courses concurrently with the program courses.

Q. Who can help me with class equivalency?

General education may be transferred from accredited colleges but must be equivalent to Foothill College courses and transferable to CSU or UC. 

You can speak to a counselor at Foothill College to determine class equivalencies and GE requirements to fulfill the IGETC or CSU GE pattern. You may apply to Foothill College for admission and once you received your student ID in 2-4 days, you may make an appointment with a counselor. 

Q. How do I send my transcripts to Foothill College?

You can obtain your College Transcripts by requesting a copy from all the College(s) you've attended. Typically, registrar offices or registration departments at the corresponding college will assist you with this. Please note that unofficial copies will not be accepted and may automatically disqualify you.

You must request that electronic transcripts or e-transcripts be sent to Foothill College Admission and Records, Dept: AS to BSDH Program at

If your school doesn't offer this option, please send the paper trancripts to:

Admissions and Records
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Q. What is a capstone project?

The capstone project is a three-quarter process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice with the guidance of a faculty mentor and culminating in the production of a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the chosen topic.

Some capstone projects may also involve field work. The topic for the capstone project should be related to the field in which the student is interested in pursuing a career after earning the degree and may involve one of the following areas:

  • Dental Hygiene Education
  • Dental Public Health
  • Corporate Educators/Administrators
  • Policy-making
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene/ Basic Science

Q. How much does the program cost?

The course fees are $87 per unit, so the program will cost approximately $4,000 ($9700 for out-of-state students), not including additional costs for textbooks or any other course materials.

Q. Is financial aid available?

Yes. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at

Q. I'm interested to apply for the AS to BSDH Completion program, where should I start?

It's best to speak to a school counselor at Foothill College regarding class equivalency and class requirement inquiries. Before making an appointment with a counselor, you will need to apply for admissions at Foothill College Admission - Foothill College Online Application 

Once you receive your school ID via email, which may take 1-2 days, you can make an appointment with any of the counselors who are appointed for the AS to BS-DH program at FHDA The list of counselors is as follows: Fatima Jinnah, Isaac Escoto, Andrew Lee, and Leticia Serna.

They can help you with any questions of class requirements or course equivalency for the AS to BS-DH program. To achieve the Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene at Foothill College, you need to complete the IGETC or CSU GE pattern and complete the 8 courses in the AS to BSDH program. The counselor can help you figure out what GE courses you need to take to fulfill the IGETC or CSU GE pattern. 

Once you figure out the GE courses you need to complete the IGETC or CSU GE pattern, you can make a decision if you want to: complete the GE courses before applying for the AS to BSDH program OR take the GE courses together with the required courses in the program. You can definitely take the GE courses and program courses concurrently while you're in the program, it just depends on how busy you are in general with your job and with life. You can either do a 1-year educational plan or a 2-year educational plan. Please read all about this on Program Educational Plan Options. Once you've made your decision of an educational plan, you can apply for the AS to BSDH program at Apply for the Program.


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Carmelyn Paguio, DH Completion Track Coordinator 


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