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Prepare for a job as a dental hygienist in less than two years. Graduates are prepared to take the Dental Hygiene National Board, as well as state or regional clinical licensing examinations.*

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At a Glance

  • SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program can be completed in as few as 16 months

  • Comprehensive instruction

  • Conveniently located in two locations in CA

  • Small class sizes

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn?

Our Dental Hygiene students learn:

  • Computerized dental management/charting software
  • Interim Therapeutic Restoration (ITR) placement
  • Intra-Oral cameras
  • Digital and traditional X-ray techniques
  • Hand and ultrasonic instruments for advanced scaling and root planing methods


Benefits of SJVC’s Dental Hygienist Program include:

  • Comprehensive instruction
  • Small class sizes
  • High National and Clinical Board licensure exam pass rates
  • Accreditation by ADA-CODA


Our Dental Hygiene students can earn an associate of science degree in approximately 16 months. Graduates also are eligible to take the National Board written examination and a State and/or Regional Board Examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.


If you’re in search of accredited dental hygiene programs in Ontario and Visalia, consider our Dental Hygiene program at SJVC. Each campus houses a fully-equipped clinic for dental hygiene students, enabling them to get hands-on instruction working with actual patients and gain real-world experience while completing their studies. All services performed at the dental hygiene clinic are provided by dental hygiene students under the direct supervision of dental hygienists and/or supervising dentists. View SJVC’s Dental Hygiene clinics’ Policy on Bloodborne Pathogens.

Career Opportunities

Our Dental Hygiene training prepares graduates to work as dental hygienists in private dental offices examining patients for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis, and providing preventive care, including oral hygiene, among other duties. They also educate patients about oral health. Other career opportunities include working in public health agencies, clinics and nursing home facilities, and clinical teaching.

On the job, dental hygienists can expect to1:

  • Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
  • Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
  • Take and develop dental x-rays
  • Assess patients’ oral health and report findings to dentists
  • Document patient care and treatment plans
  • Educate patients about oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly

Dental Hygiene Programs in California

We’re proud to offer comprehensive dental hygiene education at two locations.

More information on pre-requisite courses is available here:

To learn more about becoming a dental hygienist in Ontario and Visalia,  request more information about SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program.

Application Process

The Dental Hygiene program has a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified candidates are chosen to fill the available seats. Please see the academic catalog or contact an Admissions Advisor for detailed information.

More information on pre-requisite courses is available here:

Download the Dental Hygiene Application

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.  Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Accreditation & Approvals

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is

The SJVC Dental Hygiene program is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Hygiene Board of California.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

211 East Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60611-2678

(312) 440-4653 |

Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC)

2005 Evergreen Street, Ste. 2050

Sacramento, CA 95815

Phone: (916) 263-1978 Fax: (916) 263-2688 |

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website. (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC

Read Our Career Guide On Dental Hygiene

Do you have an interest in dental health and oral hygiene? Then you should consider pursuing a dental hygiene career.

Dental Hygiene Program FAQs

How much is dental hygiene school?

Paying for college is an investment in your future. Program costs vary by campus and school. For full information on program costs, consult the college catalog.

How long is dental hygiene school?

Program length can vary based on the school. SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program can be completed in as few as 16 months.

What does a dental hygienist do?

Dental hygienists provide both preventive and therapeutic services. When you go to the dentist, a large portion of your visit may be spent with a dental hygienist. The dental hygienist educates patients about oral hygiene care and the prevention of periodontal disease.1 Dental hygienists perform preventive dental procedures to remove tartar, stains, and plaque.

What degree do you need to be a dental hygienist?

To be licensed, dental hygienists need to graduate from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental hygiene program and receive either an associate or a bachelor’s degree. Every state requires dental hygienists to have professional licensure. While licensure requirements vary by state, they typically require dental hygienists to have completed at least an associate degree program.2

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Disclaimer & Sources

*The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312 440 4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is