Dental Hygiene

Degrees, Certificates, and Courses

A.S. Degree

The Dental Hygiene Program at Cabrillo College is affiliated with the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco. Upon completion of the two-year A.S. Degree program, students are eligible to take the state and national licensing examination needed to become a registered dental hygienist. Review all of the steps to get started toward your degree.

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Certificates of Completion

Dental Administrative Assistant Certificate

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 attention to detail. Students will receive a certificate after completing these two courses:

DH455 Dental Terminology (offered every Fall)

DH459 Dental Insurance (offered every Fall)

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Dental Tech Certificate

The Introduction to Dental Technology Computer Training Certificate of Completion is designed to prepare students for employment in positions in dental healthcare and industry that involve the use of dental patient management software. It will be offered again in Spring 2023.

DH-453A Dental Tech I

DH-453B Dental Tech II

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

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Infection Control Coordinator

Prevent Disease. Protect Patients. Make an Impact!

Every dental office is required to have a Dental Infection Control Coordinator – earn your certificate and you can fill that role!

Cabrillo College's NEW online Dental Infection Control Coordinator Certificate teaches you how to prevent and reduce disease transmission while making a positive impact on dental patients.

The best part? It just takes two non-credit FREE courses, completed in five weeks, to earn your Dental Infection Control Coordinator Certificate and there are no prerequisites required.

This program Is perfect for:

  • Individuals with no experience looking for a new, in-demand career that pays well and positively impacts others.

  • Dental professionals looking to increase their skill set and provide essential safety standards within their dental office.

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What Does a Dental Infection Control Coordinator Do?

Dental Infection Control Coordinators ensure that a dental practice provides the safest environment for patients and employees. They oversee infection control standards, provide education and training, and ensure compliance with protocols and procedures. Employment is available in dental offices, clinics, and healthcare organizations.

DH-460A Intro to Dental Infection Control

This course provides instruction required for certification in the role of infection control coordinator in the dental setting. Topics include chain of infection, evidence-based guidelines and standards, governing agency regulations, protocols and procedures for infection control, and development of an infection control protocol for a dental office.

Duration: four weeks

Location: Online

Prerequisites: None

DH460B - Clinical Application to Dental Infection Control Lab

This course teaches, in a laboratory environment, the basic required protocols and procedures used in the dental setting for infection control and aseptic techniques, such as proper instrument sterilization, spore testing of sterilizers, and dental unit water quality standards.

Duration: Eight hours

Location: Main Campus

Prerequisites: DH460A

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You do NOT need to apply to the Dental Hygiene program to register for DH460A or DH460B.

  • If you are not currently registered, start by applying to Cabrillo. Once you are admitted to Cabrillo College, you can register for DH460A and DH460B.

  • Please email for technical issues with registration.

RDH Expanded Duties

Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide Sedation & Soft Tissue Curettage

Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene is approved by the DHBC to provide these courses, which are required for licensure in California.

ATTENTION: For cost, location and other detailed information about the Cabrillo College RDH Expanded Duties Course, visit this page.

Contact: Elicia Hammond, RDH 831-234-7965

COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

Participants for this course must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must have finished the series and eligible boosters at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of in person onsite classes. The Covid-19 CDC Vaccination Record Card shall be uploaded as well as presented onsite. If there is a necessary reason for exemption from vaccination, a signed letter on office letterhead from a licensed physician must be presented prior to entering the campus.


It is recommended to register as soon as possible, as these classes typically fill up.

The clinic will be closed for construction over the summer. The next available course is September.

September 22-25, 2022

On-site clinical, Thursday - Sunday. Registration deadline August 16, 2022.

Canvas online modules available August 22-September 20, 2022.


November 3-6, 2022

On-site clinical, Thursday - Sunday. Registration deadline September 27, 2022.

Canvas online modules available October 3-November 1, 2022.


Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) and follows the guidelines of the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC), the DH program's licensing body.