Dental Hygiene

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The Shasta College Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year Associate of Science Degree program of full-time classroom and clinical instruction. The Program will admit a maximum of 12 students per year with preference going to applicants from twelve Northern California counties.
The educational objective of the Associate of Science Degree Dental Hygiene Program is to prepare the student who, upon graduation and successful completion of the National Board Examination and the California State Board Examination, will be able to function within the scope of dental hygiene as defined by the State of California Dental Hygiene Practice Act. This graduated entry-level dental hygienist will then serve the diverse community of Northern California.  


**National and State ​Board Exam Rates (will be updated soon)


Program Goals
  • To prepare the dental hygiene student for gainful employment as a dental professional so that they may provide oral health care to the diverse community within Northern California, utilizing the highest professional knowledge, judgment, and clinical skills.
  • To prepare the dental hygiene student for application of scientific and theoretical principles that is relevant to the practice of dental hygiene.
  • To prepare the dental hygiene student to perform routine dental hygiene procedures advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy procedures, delivery of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation, and other functions, which are legally specified by the California Dental Practice Act.
  • To prepare the dental hygiene student for a commitment to life-long learning, self-evaluation, and contribution to the changing health needs of society.


 The Shasta college Dental Hygiene Program is approved by the Dental Hygiene Board of California
 The Shasta College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
 NEXT Regular CODA Site Visit Spring 2022

                                                              211 East Chicago Avenue
                                                                Chicago, Illinois 60611
                                                                       (312) 440-4653

                                                   NOTICE OF THIRD PARTY COMMENTS
 The Commission currently publishes, in its accredited lists of programs, the year of the next site visit for each program it accredits. In addition, the Commission posts its spring and fall site visit announcements on the Site Visit Process and Schedule area of the Commission's website for those programs being site visited in the current and next year. Parties interested in these specific dates (should they be established) are encouraged to contact the Commission office.

 The United States Department of Education(USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, either in writing or at a public hearing (at the accrediting agencies' discretion) with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. all comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies.

 Dental Hygiene accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago​ Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099. extension 4653.

Dental Hygiene Program Information & Resources
Follow the links below for more information on the following:


​Health & Safety
Clinical Requirements
Dental Hygiene
Student Handbook


Background Check & Drug
Screening Instructions​
​Contact Information
Change Form


Please note: Dental Hygiene application requirements have changed 

Students, at their expense, are required to have immunizations and meet the enrollment criteria​ as a part of their application to the Dental Hygiene program.  Students must complete additional clinical requirements prior to enrollment into the program.  Details regarding specific requirements can be found on the Health and Safety (Clinical) Requirements page. ​

Maintaining Contact with Health Sciences

We here in the Health Sciences programs have found that the most reliable method of communication with persons on our Wait Lists or applicants to our programs is through email.  Therefore, if you are on one of our Wait Lists or interested in any of our programs, please make sure that we have your current contact information -- especially email address -- by filling out our online Contact Information Change Form.


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