Dental Hygiene

Getting Started

These pages are intended as general information as you prepare for entry into the DH Program working toward your A.S. degree. Specific details, dates, deadlines, and details will be emailed to you, as well as discussed at the New Student Orientation and Clinical Compliance meetings.

You do not need to apply to the Dental Hygiene program to work toward a certificate or take non-credit courses.

How to Apply

Read the Following Informational and Introductory Links

Make an appointment with an Academic Counselor

To ensure adequate preparation for the Dental Hygiene Program course prerequisites and academic requirements, you are to meet with a counselor prior to applying to the Program in order to complete your counseling form. Please download this version of the form and make sure to fill it out together with an academic counselor.

Apply to the DH Program

Fill out the Dental Hygiene Program Application Form

Applications for the dental hygiene program are accepted at any time throughout the year. There is no deadline.


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.

Keep Contact Information Updated

If the DH cannot contact you by phone, email or USPS your name will be dropped from the waitlist. Make sure your contact information is current by filling out this form.


Courses to Take Before Acceptance


The attached course list includes all the required courses before you will be allowed entry into the dental hygiene program. After completing the prerequisite courses in section "A" with the required grades, you can apply to the dental hygiene waitlist. While on the waitlist you must complete the remaining courses before entry into the program. Please see an academic counselor to ensure that you are completing the correct courses and to answer questions concerning prerequisites for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Highly Recommended Courses

The courses listed below are not mandatory for acceptance into the program. However, we encourage you to take these courses. The information will better prepare you for the Dental Hygiene program and will improve your chances for success. [link each bulleted item to the section on degree, cert, courses page.

  • Infection Control Coordinator

  • Dental Terminology

  • Dental Insurance

  • Dental Technology

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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.