Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program will be accepting the next incoming class in 2023.


View detailed information and register HERE


This free two-course series is designed to prepare students for employment in positions within the dental healthcare industry. The Dental Administrative Assistant performs front office and administrative tasks. Positions require excellent communication and detail skills. Students will receive a certificate after completing these 2 courses:

DH455 Dental Terminology (offered every Fall)
DH459 Dental Insurance (offered every Fall)

DENTAL TECH COURSE (will be offered again in Spring 2023)

DH-453A Dental Tech I

Teaches theory, application and hands-on computer training with patient management software used in the dental office.

DH-453B Dental Tech II

Teaches theory, application, and hands-on computer training with digital radiography and intraoral camera used in the dental office.

 Prerequisite: DH 453A and Certification in radiation safety issued by the California Dental Board.

If you are not currently registered, start by APPLYING TO CABRILLO. Once you are admitted to Cabrillo College, you can register for these free classes. You do NOT need to apply to the Dental Hygiene program to take these free classes.

Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

As a teaching institution, our mission is to produce clinically competent, ethical, and knowledgeable dental hygienists. It is our privilege to provide quality dental hygiene treatment to the community when appropriate.

The College Dental Hygiene Program has placed a high value on educational excellence at the core of its curriculum since 1967. When you choose Cabrillo College for your education, you are choosing education that is:

  • Affordable - financial aid is available

  • Has great transfer rates to four year colleges and universities

  • Has a 100% pass rate on the National Board DH Exam

  • Had 100% pass rate on the Regional Board Exams

Those who are ready to apply to the program or are interested in the field of dental hygiene at Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program are encouraged to attend the DH Informational Night each fall.

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"When I decided to go back to college, I was a 22 year old single mom with a two-year old daughter living in a converted garage. I was barely able to pay my bills and knew I wanted a better life. I always loved going to the dentist, so a career in dentistry appealed to me. During my time at Cabrillo I was blessed with excellent instructors who were invested in their students being excellent clinicians and preparing us for our future. I was able to buy a house within three years of graduation. I worked in private practice for 15 years, and now work at the Cabrillo Dental Hygiene program as an instructional assistant and I love being involved with the program. Throughout my career, being a Cabrillo graduate was highly regarded and sought after by prospective employers."-- Elicia Hammond, RDH

Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) and follows the guidelines of the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), the DH program's licensing body. Read about Licensure/Nolo Contendere