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Application / Selection Process

Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program (DH) has an Application/Selection Process that allows students to submit an application all year long, once all prerequisites have been completed.

We sequence the list based on your application postmark date. Students who maintain their wait list status are guaranteed placement into the program. All applicants will receive written notification via email of application status and acceptance into our program and will be added to our wait list, in order, based on the certified mail postmark date of their completed application packet. All correspondence is by email.

Status letters indicate several very important points.

  • The Application Status: If the application is Accepted or Denied.
  • If the application is Denied, letters will detail the reason(s) for denial.
  • If the application is Accepted, applicants will be placed on the wait list.

Currently, the DH Program invites approximately 60 accepted applicants to the spring DH Program Orientation and Clinical Compliance meetings. These mandatory meetings lay the groundwork for students to enter the program. The DH Program annually accepts 22-24 students.

 

WAIT TIME

While the DH Program can guarantee placement into the program, we cannot guarantee when students will begin the program. We currently estimate a wait of 1 to 2 years from the postmark date of application.

Due to normal life events (moves, jobs, pregnancy, changes in priorities) not all of those on our wait list will actually start our program. This is one of the most difficult variables of the wait list to predict. Your wait could be less than this, or more than this, given the many variables involved.

Effective January 1, 2017, the total number of students placed into the program will be comprised of 50% from the current wait list and 50% random selection from remaining wait listed students regardless of the order of postmark for the application, and new applicants. This revised selection process will be implemented starting January 1, 2017, one year after being announced and posted publicly.

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WHILE WAITING TO GET INTO THE DH PROGRAM

The length of the wait list can fluctuate greatly and should not deter committed students from pursuing their goals. One of the most important things to do while waiting is to finish the required general education classes to graduate and to prepare yourself financially.


The opportunities described below will help you develop additional skills that you will use as a Dental Hygiene student and in a career in health care. It is recommended that you call Cabrillo Central Counseling for an over the phone or in person appointment at 831-479-6274.

  1. Complete your general education requirements! Make an appointment with a Cabrillo counselor to discuss general education requirements
  2. Get dental office experience
  3. Check the many classes available at Cabrillo that are valuable for dental hygiene bound students.

 

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