The Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills required to fulfill the duties of the dental hygienist as outlined by the state and national regulatory and accrediting bodies of the dental hygiene profession. The goal is to graduate dental hygienists who have specific knowledge of the dental hygiene profession and dental hygiene process of care, utilize a sophisticated level of thinking ability, and have the positive character traits (responsibility, professionalism, discipline, critical thinking, and initiative) necessary to succeed within their scope of practice.

All courses in the program will employ an integrated teaching strategy that will include development of critical thinking and clinical skills requiring competence in oral and written English communication, and competence in applied math for problem solving. In addition, all courses will provide a broad understanding of all aspects of the dental hygiene and dental professions. The program will be articulated with various transfer institutions so that those students who choose to transfer for further study may do so.

Students who graduate from the dental hygiene program will be eligible to take the national and state examinations to pursue licensure as a dental hygienist with certification in soft tissue curettage, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, application of pit and fissure sealants, and radiation safety.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Ninety-five percent of those students who are eligible to sit for the Mock National Board Dental Hygiene Examination will pass their examination on the first attempt.
  • Upon completion and passing the mock NBDHE examination, ninety percent of those students who sit for the mock State Board Exam will pass their examination on the first attempt. 

Requirements for Enrollment into the Program

Space in the program is limited. A new class is enrolled every fall semester. In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must file an enrollment packet with the Admissions office during a designated enrollment period. All qualified applicants are offered enrollment on a space-available basis in the order of their application ranking. Final selection of qualified applicants is competitive.

Students must meet all the following requirements for application
  • Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • The “Prerequisite Science” courses listed below must be competed with a grade of C or higher in each course and a minimum science 2.5 GPA.
  • Students must complete the remaining general “PREREQUISITE" courses listed below must be completed with an overall minimum of 2.5 GPA.
  • Prerequisites must be completed upon application. No in-progress courses will be accepted.
  • Completion of competence in mathematics: MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or MATH 110 Essential Math are the advised courses for meeting this requirement.
  • Spring 2020 applicants must have completed ASGE requirements prior to application to the Shasta College Dental Hygiene program.

Prerequisite Courses 

  • ANAT 1* Anatomy 5
  • PHY 1* Physiology (with Lab) 5
  • MICR 1* Microbiology 5
  • ENGL 1A* College Composition 4
  • CHEM 2A* Introduction to Chemistry 5
  • CHEM 2B* Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 5
  • SOC 1* Introduction to Sociology 3
  • PSYC 1A* General Psychology 3
  • **CMST 54* Small Group Communication OR 3
  • **CMST 60* Public Speaking
  • FSS 25* Nutrition 3

*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

** OR CMST 10 if completed with a grade of C or higher during or prior to Spring 2014.

Total Prerequisite Units: 41

Graduation Requirements

Students must graduate from the Dental Hygiene Program to be eligible to take the state licensing examination. Students must complete the following additional requirements for graduation before applying to the dental hygiene program:

  • Completion of the Humanities requirement.
  • Completion of the multi-cultural awareness requirement.
  • Completion of computer literacy.
  • Completion of competence in mathematics: MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or MATH 110 Essential Math are the advised courses for meeting this requirement.

Health & Safety Clinical Clearance

Upon acceptance for enrollment, students must meet additional clinical requirements. All students participating in clinical experiences must submit proof of immunity of specific immunizations or serum titers, cleared criminal background check, negative drug screen, current physical examination and negative TB screening, and provide current valid Basic Life Support-Health Care Provider card (CPR) which includes adult, child & infant resuscitation with two person rescue and AED training). Students are financially responsible for meeting these requirements according to established program process. Specific information is available on the Health and Safety Requirements tab on the website or students may call the Division Office (530-339-3600).

Degree Requirements

Students must be enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program in order to take the courses listed below. Students must show competence in all semester courses (with a grade of C or better) in order to progress through the curriculum. A failing grade in any theory or clinical course within a semester will require withdrawal or result in failure from the program.

Core Courses
  • DNTL 10 Oral Biology 3
  • DNTL 11 Oral Radiology 3
  • DNTL 12 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
  • DNTL 13 Dental Health Education/Seminar 2
  • DNTL 14 Introduction to Clinic 4
  • DNTL 20 Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide 2
  • DNTL 21 General and Oral Pathology 4
  • DNTL 23 Patient Management and Geriatrics 2
  • DNTL 24 Clinical Practice I 4
  • DNTL 25 Clinic I Seminar 2
  • DNTL 26 Nutrition in Dentistry 1
  • DNTL 30 Periodontology I 3 
  • DNTL 31 Pharmacology 2
  • DNTL 32 Dental Materials 2
  • DNTL 33 Advanced Clinical Topics 2
  • DNTL 34 Clinical Practice II 4
  • DNTL 35 Clinic II Seminar 1
  • DNTL 40 Periodontology II 1
  • DNTL 41 Practice and Financial Management 1
  • DNTL 42 Clinic III Seminar 2
  • DNTL 43 Clinical Practice III 4
  • DNTL 44 Community Oral Health 3
  • DNTL 45 Ethics and Jurisprudence 2
Total Major Units: 56

*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

Major: 97

Additional General Education: 6

General Electives: 0

Degree Total: 103*

*Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test. If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units. If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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