Dental Hygiene

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

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Application Change

(as of 6-7-2018)

  1. Complete the online application between October 1 and April 1 to apply for the fall semester program start.
    1. Upload (PDF) unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended into the online application
    2. Upload (PDF) any approved Course Substitution Petition(s) with supporting catalog course description
  2. Upload (PDF) proof of reading competency through the reading assessment process
    1. This is not necessary for applicant has an AA/AS degree or higher or has completed ENGRD 110, with a grade of “C” or better
  3. Submission of one official transcript, from any college(s) outside of the Los Rios District, to the SCC Admissions and Records Department prior to April 1st

The Dental Hygiene Program consists of 39.5 units of prerequisite courses in addition to 45.5 units of dental hygiene courses. Students are required to complete additional general education and graduation requirements to earn an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and can be contacted at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, which is administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, the California RDH Examination, and other state and regional licensing examinations.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares the student for employment as a dental hygienist. The registered dental hygienist is a licensed, professional, oral health educator, and clinician who works under the direction and supervision of a licensed dentist to provide preventive and therapeutic services for the control of oral diseases. Dental hygienists aid individuals and groups in attaining and maintaining optimum oral and general health through the provision of services such as assessment of medical and dental conditions, oral hygiene education, oral prophylaxis – the removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the teeth – and application of preventive agents such as fluoride and sealants. The dental hygienist may be employed in dental offices, schools, healthcare facilities, public health agencies, industry, and educational institutions.

Recommended Preparation

High school and college preparatory courses including algebra, biology, chemistry, and physiology are recommended.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use evidence-based care to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene treatment for a diverse population based on their total needs.
  • incorporate and apply professional, ethical, legal and regulatory concepts to oral health care services, community projects, and professional activities.
  • integrate and apply health literacy and culturally competent communication skills to oral health care services, academic endeavors, community projects, and professional activities.
  • assess, plan, implement, and evaluate community-based oral health projects.
  • successfully complete written and clinical examinations for dental hygiene licensure and certification.
  • apply critical thinking and self assessment skills to enhance learning, research, patient care, professional growth, and continued competency.

Associate in Science Degree

The Dental Hygiene Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

The dental hygiene National Board and Clinical Board program outcomes are listed below.  Data is obtained from students the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.

Program Outcomes
CohortAttemptNational BoardClinical Board
20121st attempt
2nd attempt
22/23   96%
23/23  100%
23/23  100%
20131st attempt
2nd attempt
3rd attempt
19/19  100%17/19  89%
18/19  95%
19/19  100%
20141st attempt
2nd attempt
3rd attempt
16/21  76%
17/21  81%
20/21  95%
19/21  90%
20/21  95%
20151st attempt
2nd attempt
21/21  100%21/21  100%
20161st attempt
2nd attempt
22/22  100%21/22  95%
22/22  100%
20171st attempt
2nd attempt
22/23  96%
23/23  100%
22/23  100%
20171st attempt
2nd attempt
21/21 100%21/21 100%
20181st attempt
2nd attempt
20/2121/21 100%
Dental Hygiene Graduate Employment Outcomes
CohortEmployment in a dental office or continuing education (6 months post grad)(1 year post grad)
201314/19   *5 unknown19/19
201412/21    *6 unknown20/21