Dental Hygiene Start Dates and Accreditation

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Program Start Dates

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Feb. 2, 2015 Dec. 1, 2014 April 6, 2015 Feb. 6, 2015 Sept. 29, 2014
June 1, 2015
Sept. 5, 2014
April 2, 2015

Academic Information
SJVC offers an accelerated dental hygiene program that covers 2 years worth of coursework in just four 16-week terms and is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates earn an Associate of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the national, state and regional boards for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

As a private junior college, SJVC has the resources to give students the individualized attention needed to be successful in their field. The Dental Hygiene program houses three fully equipped clinics allowing students to get real-world experience while completing their studies. Graduates of this program are prepared to work in private practices and public health agencies while taking advantage of high salary, flexible work schedules and job security.

The Dental Hygiene program is 16 months in length (four 16-week terms), and the classes meet Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays as needed.

Students learn how to perform the essential duties of a Dental Hygienist using the following technologies:

  • • Computerized dental management/charting software
  • • CAESY (Clinically Advanced Education Systems) computerized patient education
  • • Intra-Oral cameras
  • • Digital and traditional x-ray techniques
  • • Hand-and-ultrasonic instruments for advanced scaling and root planing methods

It is recommended that students do not work while enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program. No special concessions are granted for working students.

Clinical Hours:
Students in the dental hygiene program experience an increasing number of clinical hours as they progress through the program in order to obtain clinical competence. First year dental hygiene students receive eight hours of pre-clinical training per week during their first term, followed by eight hours of clinical experience during their second term. During the second academic year, terms 3 and 4, students are scheduled for twelve and sixteen hours per week, respectively.

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Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by The American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

The San Diego San Joaquin Valley College Dental Hygiene Program is scheduled for review by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) on June 10-11, 2014. In accordance with the Commission’s accreditation policies, third-party comments are being solicited at this time. This notice is to inform students, faculty, patients and other interested parties of their right to submit comments to CODA regarding SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program adherence to accreditation standards. CODA is interested in the sustained quality of dental-related education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admissions, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting:

American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 621-8099, extension 4653

The deadline to submit comments to the Commission office is April 11, 2014. Comments must be signed and pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program.