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Spring 2022 Dental Hygiene Applicants

Thank you for your interest in our dental hygiene program. Application workshop information will be posted here shortly. Workshops will begin in Spring 2022. You must attend one of the application workshops to apply to the dental hygiene program. More information coming soon. 

The Dental Hygiene Department has transitioned to a fully electronic application process.

The application cycle for Fall 2022 admissions will open in January 2022.  The application window will be from 2/1/22 - 4/1/22.  Electronic applications received between 2/1/22 and 4/1/22 will be considered for admission into the Dental Hygiene program.

***Applications will be due on Friday, April 1, 2022 by 11:59pm​​​***

Please check the "Application information" tab in January 2022 for detailed instructions on how to submit your Dental Hygiene application.

Please Note: The Dental Hygiene building will be undergoing a remodeling process beginning the end of  December 2021.  Therefore please be aware that the program will be in temporary modular classrooms for two years, except for our out outside clinical facilities which remain unaffected.  The curriculum will not be affected but the number of accepted students will be somewhat decreased so that we can continue to maintain social distance and follow safe Covid protocols, for as long as the protocols are mandated.  We are projected to return to our new building in the Fall of August 2024.

Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) Coronavirus Updates
January 7, 2022

The approved Wet Laboratory Waiver for the prerequisite biomedical coursework to gain entrance into the dental hygiene educational programs has been extended until December 31, 2021. To view the waiver, please click on the link below. With the administration intending to wind down from the use of approved waivers, this will likely be the last extension of the waiver.
DCA Waiver DCA-21-186 Order Extending DCA-21-164, 20-88, 20-56 and 20-35, Order Waiving Wet Laboratory Admission Standard for Dental Hygiene Educational Programs

The authorized Wet Lab Waiver has not changed, just extended by the administration to now end on December 31, 2021. What has changed is that in reviewing the law pertaining to wet labs, the methodology for teaching the prerequisite bioscience coursework can be accepted whether it’s completed in-person traditionally at the school or through online means in conjunction with home kits and faculty instruction as long as the school accepts the credit for this coursework. Our law only states that there must be a wet lab for these biomedical science courses

A registered dental hygienist is an oral health professional licensed in dental hygiene who provides preventive, educational and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

Dental hygiene is a rapidly growing profession. The U.S. Department of Labor advises that dental hygiene is projected to be one of the 30 fastest growing occupations. Population growth and greater retention of natural teeth will stimulate demand for dental hygienists. California statistics (California Employment Development Department) concur, projecting very strong growth in the number of opportunities available for registered dental hygienists, a trend driven by the public's heightened awareness of the importance of regular dental care and an aging population with extended dental care need.

The Cerritos College Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Our program has received full accreditation status each seven year accreditation cycle.

The Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year degree program. Upon completion of the program, graduating students will receive an Associate in Arts Degree in Dental Hygiene and will qualify to take the National and State Board Dental Hygiene Examinations. Successful passage of the examinations qualifies the graduate to practice dental hygiene in the State of California.

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