Application Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Complete the online Dental Hygiene Program application by the deadline
  • Complete all program prerequisites
  • Minimum 3.0 in science prerequisite courses (no C-, D, or F grades accepted)
  • Minimum 2.5 in non-science prerequisite courses (no C-, D, or F grades accepted)
  • Reading competency: Completion of ENGRD 110 with a grade of “C” or better, or eligibility for ENGRD 310 as determined by the Sacramento City College reading assessment (for all students without an AA, AS or higher degree)

Required Prerequisite Courses

Enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program is based on completion of the required courses with grades of “C” or better, and submission of an application and official transcripts to the Dental Health Office.

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

Science Courses

With a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0

  • BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM 306 Introduction to Chemistry
  • BIOL 440 General Microbiology

Non-Science Courses

With a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5

  • NUTRI 300 Nutrition
  • PSYC 300 General Principles
  • COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking or COMM 331 Group Communication
  • SOC 300 Introductory Sociology
  • ENGRW 300 College Composition
  • DHYG 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene
  • MATH 120 or higher
  • An Ethnic/Multicultural Studies class (classes falling under area VI of the Associate Degree General Education Requirements fulfill this requirement)

Reading Competency

Completion of ENGRD 110 with a grade of “C” or better, or eligibility for ENGRD 310 as determined by the Sacramento City College reading assessment (for all students without an AA, AS or higher degree)

Transcripts and Course Equivalency

  • Submit transcripts for all coursework taken outside of the Los Rios Community Colleges (American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City colleges) to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Check your classes on the PDF DownloadDental Hygiene Equivalency Course List (PDF) because your prior coursework may count toward required classes for the Dental Hygiene program.
  • If you don’t see your course from another institution on the Equivalency Chart, but believe it should be counted, complete a Course Substitution Petition and be sure to give yourself at least two weeks for processing. A copy of your approved petition must be on file with Admissions and Records prior to meeting with a counselor to complete your Course Verification form for application to the Dental Hygiene program.

How to Apply

Please review the eligibility requirements above carefully. All students must be graduation-ready to be eligible for enrollment.

  1. Apply to Sacramento City College
  2. Complete the Dental Hygiene application between October 1 and April 1 to apply for the fall semester program start
    1. Upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
    2. Upload any approved Course Substitution Petitions with supporting catalog course description
  3. Upload proof of reading competency if you do not have an Associates Degree or higher OR have not completed ENGRD 110 with a “C” or better
  4. Submission of one official transcript (if you have taken classes outside of the Los Rios Community College District) by April 1.

Selection Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  1. Eligible candidates are entered into a random selection pool “lottery”
  2. The first 24 eligible applications that are randomly selected from the pool will be offered spots in the program; all others will be listed as alternates and emailed with their alternate position
    1. Notifications are sent to the email provided in your application, please use your primary email address
  3. Notifications are generally sent to students within 4-6 weeks of the application closing date

Accepted Student Requirements

Accepted students are required to provide documentation of:

  • Ability to perform essential job-related functions of a dental hygienist
  • Completed physical examination and immunizations
  • TB test
  • Completion of criminal background check
  • 8-panel drug screening test
  • Castlebrach online HIPPA and OSHA training
  • SCC facilitates a required on-site CODA approved CPR course during the new student orientation the first week of June