Del Mar - Dental Hygiene Program

Del Mar-Dental Hygiene at a glance

Program Description:

The Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year program and runs from August to May each year. Along with classroom lectures, first-year dental hygiene students learn instrument manipulation by practicing on each other and x-ray skills by practicing on dental mannequins in the first semester. First-year dental hygiene students begin patient treatment in the second semester of the Dental Hygiene Program. Students continue to treat patients during the remainder of the program.

Admission Requirements:​​

The admission requirements for the Dental Hygiene program include:

  • Completed Dental Hygiene Program Application

  • Official copies of college transcripts

  • Have an overall 2.0 GPA in college courses

  • If applicable, supply documentation of graduation from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) dental assisting program or Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificate. (Note: Dental assisting experience is not an admission requirement.)

Required immunizations for the program are:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria: must have one dose within past ten years

  • Measles: those born since January 1, 1957, must have at least one dose since 12 months of age.  The two doses must be at least 30 days apart.

  • Mumps:  those born since January 1, 1957, must have at least one dose since 12 months of age.

  • Rubella:  at least one dose since 12 months of age is required.

  • Hepatitis B: a complete series is required prior to beginning direct patient care – before fall enrollment in Dental Hygiene Program (It takes 6 months to complete the series of 3 injections)

  • Tuberculosis test: must be current within a year


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