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Dental Hygiene

Overview

Sacramento City College Dental Hygiene

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 Handbook.

Career Options

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared 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.

Sample salary, entry to mid-level: $48,000.

Program and Employment Outcomes

Program Completion Rates

Cohort Size of Original Cohort Total Completing Program
2010-2012 24 23
2011-2013 24 19
2012-2014 24 21
2013-2015 24 21
2014-2016 24 22
2015-2017 24 23
2016-2018 24 21
2017-2019 24 24
2018-2020 24 22
2019-2021 24 22
2020-2022

0
Program did not admit a cohort because of COVID.

N/A
2021-2023

18
Program admitted a reduced cohort because of COVID.

TBD
2022-2024

14
Program admitted a reduced cohort because of COVID.

TBD

National and Clinic Board Exam Outcomes

Cohort Attempt National Board Clinical Board
2010-2012

1st attempt

2nd attempt

22/23 96%

23/23 100%

23/23 100%

2011-2013

1st attempt

2nd attempt

3rd attempt

19/19 100%

17/19 89%

18/19 95%

19/19 100%

2012-2014

1st attempt

2nd attempt

3rd attempt

16/21 76%

17/21 81%

20/21 100%

19/21 90%

20/21 100%

2013-2015

1st attempt

2nd attempt

21/21 100%

21/21 100%

2014-2016

1st attempt

2nd attempt

22/22 100%

21/22 95%

22/22 100%

2015-2017

1st attempt

2nd attempt

22/23 96%

23/23 100%

22/23 100%

2016-2018

1st attempt

2nd attempt

20/21 95%

21/21 100%

21/21 100%

2017-2019

1st attempt

2nd attempt

22/24 90%

24/24 100%

24/24 100%

2018-2020

1st attempt

2nd attempt

3rd attempt

21/22 95%

21/22 95%

22/22 100%

22/22 100%

2019-2021

1st attempt

2nd attempt

20/22 91%

22/22 100%

22/22 100%

2020-2022

1st attempt

2nd attempt

N/A

N/A 

2021-2023

1st attempt

2nd attempt

TBD

TBD 

Graduate Employment Outcomes

Cohort Employment in a
dental office or
continuing education
(6 months post grad)
(1 year post grad)
2010-2012 22/23 23/23
2011-2013 14/19 *5 unknown 19/19
2012-2014 12/21 *6 unknown 20/21
2013-2015 21/21 21/21
2014-2016 22/22 22/22
2015-2017 22/23 23/23
2016-2018 21/21 21/21
2017-2019 24/24 24/24
2018-2020 22/22 22/22
2019-2021 TBD TBD
2020-2022 N/A  N/A 
2021-2023 TBD TBD

Costs of the Program

In addition to normal student expenses, the Dental Hygiene Program requires an expenditure of approximately $11,700.00. Costs listed are estimates only; exact costs may vary. Funds paid for instruments, equipment, uniforms, SADHA, DCHA, and class dues are non-refundable.

Additional Expenses
Estimated Expense Low End
Clinic Shoes (OSHA approved) $50.00
Clinical Instruments and Equipment $8,714.13
Uniforms $150.00
SADHA Membership $65.00
Hepatitis B Vaccine $115.00
Magnification Glasses and Light $1,600.00
Malpractice Insurance (once per year) $15.00
Class Dues (per month) $20.00
CDHA Dues (once per year) $25.00
Books $570.00
HESI Assessments $170.00
Program CPR $50.00
Anna Pattison Videos $99.99
Gloves $70.00