Application Information

Dental Hygiene Application Video 

Dental Hygiene applicants MUST watch the application video tutorial for assistance with completing the application.

If after watching the video, you have questions that were not addressed you may attend an Virtual Application Drop-in session with counseling for quick questions on a first come first serve basis.

Hello Applicant,

Before you apply, please consider the following information regarding the field of dental hygiene. We believe in providing you with comprehensive information about the dental health profession of dental hygiene to help you make an informed decision about your career path. One crucial aspect of this field is the potential exposure to contagious diseases and blood borne pathogens.

In the course of our duties, we come into contact with bodily fluids, including blood, and various contagious diseases. This exposure is an inherent part of the profession, and it is crucial to understand the measures and work environment of the career that you have chosen.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Infection Control Protocols: Our program adheres to strict infection control protocols recommended by health authorities. These protocols include the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), proper sterilization and disinfection procedures, and vaccination requirements.
  2. Education and Training: You will receive comprehensive education and training on infection control measures and best practices to minimize the risk of exposure. This includes learning about proper hand hygiene, use of barriers (such as gloves and masks), and the correct handling and disposal of potentially infectious materials.
  3. Immunizations: As a dental health professional, certain immunizations may be required to protect you and those around you from preventable diseases. Our program will provide guidance on recommended vaccinations.
  4. Health and Safety: Our commitment to your health and safety extends beyond the classroom. We have established protocols for managing exposure incidents, should they occur, and we provide ongoing support to ensure your well-being.

Dental Hygiene student life:

The dental hygiene program is full time and requires many classroom hours, multiple exams in the same week, many projects, time consuming assignments, financial commitment and significant outside studying time.  You will have as many as seven (7) classes at once that require organization, focus and attention. 

  1. The first semester is held on the Cerritos Campus and is filled with practical “hands on” lab classes held generally from 8:00am-5:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesday and Thursdays consist of lecture classes 8:00 am to possibly 9:00 pm, from one (1) to three (3) hours each. It is recommended to commit 2-3 hours of study time for each hour of class.

    Example- if you have a 2 hour class, you should studying 4-6 hours for that class.

  2. Summer session is a 4-6 week clinical rotation at outside clinics and no on campus activities.

  3. You can expect to have from the end of finals week of May through June to be off. Summer session is first week July through the first week of August (unless otherwise informed).

  4. Semesters two, three and four will be filled with hands on clinical experience that requires driving to a variety of offsite dental clinics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while Tuesdays and Thursdays are filled with on campus lecture classes from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on select days and semesters.

The schedule is a generally peek into what is expected and may change accordingly.

Please be committed to the financial and personal demands of the program, any intense professional program will require your attention and dedication to be successful.

Keeping this information in mind please decide if this choice is a good selection for you at this time in your life.

We believe that an informed decision is the foundation of a successful, rewarding and happy educational experience which leads to a fulfilling career.