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Dental Hygiene Program Details

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Registered dental hygienists are licensed clinicians who work under the direction and supervision of a licensed dentist to provide preventive and therapeutic services for the control of oral diseases.

Eligibility Updates

Selection Process

  • After April 1st, all applicants are placed in a lottery pool for selection. The Program director will verify that each applicant only has their name once in the pool.
    • Transition plan: A sunset list will be established for alternates 1-14 on the ranked waitlist. The sunset list will grant acceptance into the 2024-2026 cohort dependent upon submitting an application prior to April 1, 2024.
  • The list of all applicants is given to the division dean, who randomizes the list by using a computer program. Dental faculty and/or staff are not involved in the randomization process.
  • The randomized list is returned to the dental hygiene Program director. The foremost applicants on the list will be evaluated for eligibility by the Program director until 24 eligible applicants are identified. Once 24 eligible applicants are identified, offers of admission are emailed to the applicants by the Program director. Offers of admission are sent within 2-4 weeks of the application close date. Alternates are utilized when eligible applicants from the top 24 decline admission. Alternates are selected based upon their position on the randomized list. When an alternate is utilized the Program director will evaluate their application for eligibility. Eligible alternates will be notified using the email provided in their online application and have 24 hours to respond. If the alternate does not respond within the 24-hour period they will be no longer considered, and the next alternate will be contacted.
    • The Program director evaluates applications for eligibility, only for candidates being reviewed for admission into a cohort.
    • At any time, all applicants have the option to view Program eligibility requirements on the website and/or meet with a school counselor to obtain eligibility guidance.

Recency Requirement

  • 7-year recency on science courses:
    • BIOL 430 and 431, Anatomy and Physiology
    • BIOL 440, General Microbiology
    • CHEM 305 and CHEM 306 or CHEM 309
  • Once students meet enrollment eligibility the 7-year science recency maintains in affect as long as students continue to reapply consecutive years.

Online Science Lab Info

Science labs Summer 2022 and forward must have a face-to-face lab.  The lecture portion of science courses may be online.

During the COVID-19 campus closures, we were able to accept online science labs because a waiver was temporarily approved. The waiver ended May 2022.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Score for Enrollment Eligibility

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Score Exemption may ONLY be accepted in lieu of these courses:

  • ENGWR 300 College Composition or ESLW 340 Advanced Composition
  • MATH 120 or MATH 300 or MATH 333 or STAT 300 or STAT 480 or higher

Dental Hygienist Video


The Sacramento City College Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. For more detailed information related to the program, students should consult the current version of the Dental Hygiene Program HandbookFor information about our Infection Control Standards consult the Infection Control Workbook

Information Sessions

The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs hold information sessions on campus early in the semester to answer questions about each program. 

Session Dates

Date Time Location Zoom Meeting ID
December 5, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm TBD

Prerecorded Information Session (Zoom)

Dental Hygiene Program Information Presentation

Make an Application Assistance Appointment


Clerk III: TBA
Phone: (916) 558-2303

Instructional Assistant: Maggie Natividad
Phone: (916) 558-2357

Education and Health Professions, Outreach Specialist:
Shannon Rodrian
EHP Application Assistance

Job Placement Information for Community Partner Dentists

Contact for Hiring SCC Dental Hygiene Graduates:

SETA/Sacramento Works
Ira Ayers

Workforce Development Professional III
Job Developer
Cell: (916) 926.2529

Science and Allied Health Tutoring Center

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation

211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(800) 621-8099

Commission on Dental Accreditation