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Spring 2023 Dental Hygiene Applicants
Thank you for your interest in our dental hygiene program.
Please be advised that applications are submitted electronically.
The application cycle is February 15, 2023- April 1, 2023, for Fall 2023. Only applications submitted within the stated timeframe and correct format will be considered for admission into the program.
***Applications are due on Saturday April 1,2023 (11:59 pm PST) ***
Please check the "Application Information" tab for detailed instructions on how to submit your Dental Hygiene application.
Please Note: The Dental Hygiene building is undergoing remodeling and the program is in temporary modular classrooms, however, outside clinical facilities will remain unaffected. The curriculum is unchanged, and the program will accept 20 students while in this temporary space. The program is projected to return to the new building in the Fall of August 2024.
Wet Laboratories: Wet labs, are accepted whether completed in-person or online in conjunction with home kits and faculty instruction if the school accepts the credit for this coursework. The law only states that there must be a wet lab for these biomedical science courses.
Special Notations: The Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Program uses outside facilities for completion of clinical hours. Students who are denied access to clinical sites will be unable to complete the Dental Hygiene Program.
Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is not required for Cerritos College; however, it is for some clinical facilities. Badging privileges may be denied without U.S. citizenship and/or a social security number. If the site refuses badging privileges the student cannot continue the program.
Criminal History: A background check is required, and if the clinical site deems the legal violation as unacceptable the site can refuse badging privileges which would not allow the student to continue the program.
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.