A new Dental Hygiene class is admitted every fall semester, and space in the program is limited to seats available with maximum of 12 students per year.  Final selection of qualified applicant candidates is competitive using Selection Criteria based on a Point System (see below).  Tied scores will be determined by random ranking based on the date the application was submitted. At least three (3) alternates for the enrollment will be chosen from the application process during this time.

As enrollment spaces are determined, applicants scheduled for enrollment in the next class will receive email notification of their status.  If an applicant cannot attend when offered a position in the program, they will be removed from the applicant pool, and the applicant will need to re-apply during a subsequent application filing period.

Students who are not selected for the class have the option of re-applying during a subsequent application filing period.  Students who have been notified of disqualification may contact Admissions & Records  (530-242-7650) to discuss actions required to meet qualification standards.

Upon invitation into the Dental Hygiene program, students are required to complete all time sensitive clinical requirements and attend an orientation.

Point Category Points
Cumulative GPA in all prerequisite courses  30
GPA in core Science prerequisite courses  30
Work Experience  10
Alternate for Previous Class  10
Special Considerations  10
Documented Residency  10

Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA in all prerequisite courses. Only courses from an accredited college or university will be accepted.

A maximum of 30 points is possible for this category.

GPA Points
3.86 - 4.00 30
3.70 - 3.85 28
3.54 - 3.69 26
3.38 - 3.53 24
3.22 - 3.37 22
3.06 - 3.21 20
2.98 - 3.05 18
2.90 - 2.97 16
2.82 - 2.89 14
2.74 - 2.81 12
2.66 - 2.73 10
2.58 - 2.65 8
2.50 - 2.57  6

Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA in all science prerequisite courses. Only courses from an accredited college or university will be accepted.

A maximum of 30 points is possible for this category.

GPA Points
3.86 - 4.00 30
3.70 - 3.85 28
3.54 - 3.69 26
3.38 - 3.53 24
3.22 - 3.37 22
3.06 - 3.21 20
2.98 - 3.05 18
2.90 - 2.97 16
2.82 - 2.89 14
2.74 - 2.81 12
2.66 - 2.73 10
2.58 - 2.65 8
2.50 - 2.57  6

A maximum of 10 points is possible for this category.

Experience Points
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) - documentation of RDA required plus recent full-time experience working as RDA within the last two years. 10
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) New grad with no work experience - documentation of RDA required 8
Non-licensed Dental Assistant with > 500 hours documented work experience within the last two years 5
Licensed/Certified Healthcare Professional with >500 hours documented work experience within the last two years 5

Please Note:  500 hours is considered 6 months of full time or 1 year of part time

A maximum of 10 points is possible for this category.

Points for alternate status are applied to those applicants who were invited to alternate status in the previous year and attended Mandatory Orientation but a class position did not open up for them prior to the start of classes. Alternate status will be verified by the Health Sciences Division.

A maximum of 10 points is possible for this category.

Special Consideration Category Points
Previous degree from an accredited institution (Associate, Bachelors, Master or Doctorate) 5
Linguistic diversity - second language as verified by a course or certification except for English. 5
3 units of additional course work in sciences 5

A maximum of 10 points is possible for this category.

Counties Included for Residency:

  • Butte 
  • Del Norte
  • Glenn
  • Humboldt
  • Lassen
  • Mendocino
  • Modoc
  • Plumas
  • Shasta
  • Siskiyou
  • Tehama
  • Trinity

Proof of residency will be accomplished with submission of two (2) pieces of documentation which include name, county, address, and date (must be one year and one day prior to beginning of application filing period). 

Examples include:

  • CA state tax returns 
  • Official rental or lease agreement
  • AFCD or CALWORKS documents
  • Unemployment documents
  • Escrow papers
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter Registration
  • Utility bills
  • Bank Statements