Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Foothill Dental Hygiene Program accredited?
Foothill College Dental Hygiene program has been accredited from the inception of the program in 1964. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs. The last CODA accreditation site visit for Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program was 2011, with the status: "approval without reporting requirements". The next accreditation site visit will be 2018.
Q: What is the Employment Outlook for Dental Hygienists?
Q: How much does the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program cost?
The student tuition and fees for the Bachelor's Degree program is approximately $13,000
for the four years, which includes the first two years of preparation/pre-requisite
courses (freshman and sophomore years) and the second two years of dental hygiene
courses (junior and senior years). Additional expenses for the dental hygiene program
include the cost uniforms, textbooks and the dental hygiene instrument kit, which
totals approximately $7,000. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Enrollment Fees and Tuition: 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.
For the most current fees, please see Student Fees and Tuition.
Financial Aid Programs are available at Foothill College. Call 650.949.7245 or see foothill.edu/financialaid.
Students who wish to apply for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver pursuant to Education Code Section 76300 shall be required to complete and submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application in lieu of completing the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG [Board of Governors] Fee Waiver) application.
Q: How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?
Q. What degree will I receive after completing the Dental Hygiene Program?
Q: How do I know if Foothill will accept my course credits from another school?
Q: Is my college coursework from 10 years ago still acceptable?
Q: What are the Prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene Program?
B. All preparatory coursework must have been taken from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Coursework taught in a language other than English will not be accepted for biology courses (Anatomy & Physiology etc.).
C. Grades of C- or lower are NOT acceptable in fulfillment of prerequisite courses. Grades of pass/no pass also are not acceptable.
D. All prerequisite coursework taken at colleges or universities other than Foothill College must be comparable in content to the required Foothill course in order to be applicable to this program.
The following prerequisites must be successfully completed with a grade "C" or better:
- High School graduation or equivalent
- English 1A and English 1B, or equivalent
- Psychology 1 (General Psychology), or equivalent
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- College GPA of 2.5 or higher.
The following courses are required for the Dental Hygiene Bachelor in Science degree and must be completed before starting the core dental hygiene courses.
- CHEM 30A and 30B or equivalent.
- One of the following: MATH 10, PSYC 7 or SOC 7 or equivalent.
- HLTH 21 or equivalent.
- PSYC 1 or equivalent.
- SOC 1 or equivalent.
- COMM 1A or equivalent.
- Multicultural or ethnic studies course.
- BIOL 40A, 40B, 40C or equivalent.
- BIOL 41 or equivalent.
- BIOL 45 or equivalent.
- PHT 58* (formerly BIOL 58)
- D H 200L.*
- One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
- One of the following: ENGL 1B or 1BH.
- Completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
*DH 200L and BIOL 58 courses must be taken at Foothill College. DH 200L is offered every quarter online. PHT 58 is offered in-class only in fall, winter and spring quarter.
Q: How do I apply for the program?
The first two years of preparation/prerequisite courses may be taken at Foothill College, or another accredited college. The course DH 200L and PHT 58 must be taken at Foothill College, as there is not an equivalent course. DH 200L offered every quarter in a convenient online/hybrid format. PHT 58 (Pharmacology) is offered in-class only in fall, winter and spring. Applications for admission to the dental hygiene program should be made after the majority of preparation/prerequisite courses are completed. A limited number of prerequisite coursework may be in progress at the time of the application. However, all prerequisite coursework must be completed before an applicant begins the Dental Hygiene program. Applications may be turned in any time from October through the February deadline. Application filing procedures must be followed carefully.
Q. Can I attend part-time?
Q: How many hours per day is the program?
Q: If I'm just getting started, what is the recommended education plan to have the best chance of completing all the requirements and being accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene (BS-DH) is a 2+2 program: two years of prerequisite courses, including the required general education, science courses and social sciences courses; then following an application and acceptance to the dental hygiene program, there are two years of dental hygiene core courses and upper division general education. The BS-DH degree requires completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Completion of the pre-program courses and general education do not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program. It is strongly recommended that students meet with a counselor to create an education plan.