Dental Hygiene Application Info

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Admission Requirements & Application Process
Applicants for the Dental Hygiene program must be proficient in several subject areas. Prerequisites include courses in life sciences, reading and composition, speech and oral communication, psychology, sociology and college level math.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • • General/Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) – CAN 6
  • • Organic/Biochemistry (with lab) – CAN 8
  • • General Microbiology (with lab) – CAN 14
  • • Human Physiology (with lab) – CAN 12
  • • Public Speaking or Oral Communication – CAN 4
  • • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology – CAN 2
  • • Human Anatomy (with lab) – CAN 10
  • • Writing and Composition – CAN 2
  • • General Psychology – CAN 2
  • • Intermediate Algebra or Higher*

*Intermediate Algebra must be equivalent in depth & breadth to SJVC’s Math 121/122.

Prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university and students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Science courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years. Applicants must also meet the technical standards to be considered for the program.

Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment to the program are evaluated by the Admissions Committee in the selection of students for the Dental Hygiene program.

Application Process
The Dental Hygiene Program has a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified applicants are chosen to fill 30 available seats per cohort start. Applicants are ranked based on several criteria, including GPA, work experience, admissions assessments and a personal interview with the admissions team.

Admission is determined based on a point scale of the following categories:

  • •  Postsecondary education (Attainment, GPA)
  • •  Healthcare work experience
  • •  Accuplacer reading comprehension exam, to be administered during the application process
  • •  Application panel interview

Applicants with the highest number of points will be selected for available seats with five alternates for each student cohort.

To begin the application process, download the application and admissions forms.

View tuition, fees and other financial information.

Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended must be included with the application. Transcripts of all completed prerequisite courses must be sent to SJVC by the application deadline.

A two-page written personal statement explaining why the applicant wants to become a dental hygienist must also be submitted with the application, along with two letters of recommendations from individuals knowledgeable of and able to evaluate applicant’s potential to complete a course of study in dental hygiene.

Qualified candidates will be considered for invitation to interview with the selection committee.

Foreign Institutions
Applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) or equivalent organization. An official copy of the Academic Detailed Report from IERF or an equivalent organization must be included with the application. All applicants must include course descriptions of prerequisite coursework in the application packet.

For additional information regarding the application, please contact the Dental Hygiene Admissions Advisor at (866) 544-5017, or by email:

Ontario Campus
Lisa Alexander

4580 Ontario Mills Parkway
Ontario, CA 91764
San Diego Campus
Jean Honny

333 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Visalia Campus
Sondra Jones

8344 West Mineral King
Visalia, CA 93291