Dental Hygiene



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 16 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.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) accredits Shasta College's Dental Hygiene Program. 


**National and State Board Exam Rates 



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.

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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