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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.

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. Who can help me with class equivalency?

You can speak to a counselor at Foothill College to determine class equivalencies. 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. 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

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Carmelyn Paguio, Program Coordinator