Dental Hygiene


Yes, if the school is accredited and if the course is equivalent to our requirement. Check with a counselor to determine this. Bring transcripts to the counseling appointment. You can also use the Cabrillo DH Counselor's Equivalency Evaluation form to determine equivalency for a few of the local community colleges.

Yes, applicants who are unable to obtain official transcripts (hard copies) can request the electronic copies (PDF's) to be sent to Cabrillo College. They will be accepted due to the current circumstances with COVID-19. Applicants that are submitting electronic official transcripts should still send the remainder of the application to the DH Program Coordinator.

The DH Program assigned Academic Counselor is Brenda Ochoa.

It is highly recommended. An established Education Plan assists students in completing all AS Degree Dental Hygiene required course work. See the DH Counseling Form and call the Counseling Department at 831-479-6274 to make an appointment with a Cabrillo College academic counselor.

The DH Program assigned Academic Counselor is Brenda Ochoa.

There is no option in place for the DH program to accept students transferring from other DH programs.

No. See the Admissions and Records website for detailed information on Residency requirements.

Visit the Apply for Admission area of the Admissions and Records website to Apply and Register for Classes

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. There is no deadline. Qualified applications are placed in the order received.

Yes, you will be placed on the waitlist according to the application postmark date if you have completed the following courses.

Every October Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene program will notify you via email of your placement on the waitlist. Due to the frequent changes we are not able to answer this question on the status daily. If a change impacts you directly, you will be notified immediately.

DH Program is a 2 year full time program. The classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with periodic Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 Total hours, including study time, is approximately 60-65 hours per week.

The total approximate cost for the 2 year DH Program is $18,941.00.

Clinical Compliance is required for all students. Clinical Compliance means being ready to work in a clinical setting. Clinical experience is essential to every Allied Health program, but, to serve in the clinical setting many requirements must be met in order to protect your safety, the safety of your peers, and the safety of the patients with whom you will be working. To see the process go to: Clinical Compliance

DH Program is a 2 year full time program. The classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with periodic Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

A bloodborne pathogen is a pathogenic microorganism present in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to Hepatitis B Virus [HBV], Hepatitis C Virus [HCV], and Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV].

Please see the following links for detailed information:

The education you receive is approved by the accrediting body (Commission on Dental Accreditation-CODA) and therefore accepted by all 50 states. Each state has specifics steps required surrounding the licensure process including:

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Successful completion of the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • Successful completion of a regional or state clinical board examination

As licensing requirements vary from state to state, it is necessary to contact each licensing authority in a given state for its specific application requirements and procedures. To see the specifics for each state go to: