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.*
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.
SJVC’s Ontario and Visalia campuses offer the Dental Hygiene program. 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.
Dental hygienists have a good job outlook: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of dental hygienists will grow at a rate of 11% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average growth rate of 5% for all occupations¹. Dental hygienists earn a decent wage: The national mean annual wage in May 2018 was $75,5002. Dental hygienists in California reportedly earned even more, with a $100,830 annual mean wage2.
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
We’re proud to offer comprehensive dental hygiene education at two locations.
More information on pre-requisite courses is available here: http://www.sjvc.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/prerequisite-courses-faqs.
To learn more about how you can attend SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program, request more information.
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 ada.org/en/coda.
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 | http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/coda
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 | https://dhbc.ca.gov/
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 www.accjc.org.
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. (www.bppe.ca.gov)
*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 ada.org/en/coda.