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Welcome to the AS to BS-DH Program!

Important changes have been made for the current application year. PLEASE READ the information on this page carefully.


Are You a Licensed Dental Hygienist?

Our program is for you. If you are a licensed dental hygienist (RDH or RDHAP) from an accredited two-year community college dental hygiene program, our B.S. completion degree will broaden your educational experiences. We provide an in-depth curriculum, including, but not limited to: developing a capstone project and developing skills in critical thinking, writing, communication, cultural sensitivity, conducting research, and reporting. The dental hygiene degree completion program will expand your professional opportunities beyond the private dental office and promote career advancement in management, education, public health, and research. We prepare dental hygienists to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner.

The BS-DH degree will require completion of a minimum of 189 quarter units (125 semester units), including general education course work in alignment with CSU or IGETC pattern general education. 

Program CostsAn estimated cost of the program is about $4000 for CA residents and $9700 for non-residents (excluding costs for course materials/textbooks). Course fees are $87 per unit for CA residents ($31 regular course fee, plus $56 upper division course fee) and $218 per unit for non-residents. 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. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professionalism 
    The Foothill College AS to BS-DH graduate will demonstrate their competence in their role as health professionals at the local, state, and national levels. The graduate will possess the ethics, values, skills, and knowledge integral to all aspects of the profession.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    The Foothill College AS to BS-DH graduate will be competent in the performance and delivery of oral health promotion and disease prevention services in public health, private practice and alternative settings. The graduate will be able to exercise evidence based practice, critical thinking and communicate effectively in all professional employment settings.

About the Program

Foothill College was given approval on February 27, 2018 to participate in the pilot program for the baccalaureate degree 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.

Students are admitted into the program in Fall and Spring quarters only.   In order to complete the BS-DH degree, students will choose from two different educational plan options to complete the required 8 online courses (2 upper-division GE courses and 6 Dental Hygiene core courses) in either 1 or 2 years. Click here to view the options and the list of BS-DH degree courses.

Foothill College gives credit for prior learning to meet 24 upper division quarter units toward the BS-DH degree:  

  • Active and in good standing Registered Dental Hygiene license- passing of three exams: Discipline-Based Component of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination, State or Regional Dental Hygiene Clinical Licensing Examination and State Law & Ethics Examination-20 units
  • BIOL 300 Human Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (upper division GE): passing of the Comprehensive Case-Based Component of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination-4 units

 Curriculum map for the program, click here

Thoughtful testimonial from one of the first graduates of the AS to BS-DH Program - 

 “The AS to BS program at Foothill College was enjoyable, manageable and overall rewarding. I was able to work full-time while completing necessary courses to obtain my degree. The instructors were great, and made the experience very achievable. I have gained new knowledge in many different areas, and have had the chance to learn and explore many different areas that dental hygiene can be applied. As my next step, I plan to return back to my Alma Mater in Fresno to pursue a teaching career, while also working clinically in my office. I have not yet obtained a new job position, but am definitely working toward one. I strongly recommend Foothill’s BSDH program for all hygienists, aw advanced education can open up so many doors for us as professionals. Thank you Foothill College, all of my instructors, and also my colleagues/classmates for helping me along my journey to my BSDH!”  - Shelby Wong-Potter RDH, BSDH

Click here to see more testimonials from the graduates

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