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Enhance your health care career opportunities by enrolling in our Bachelor of Science degree program in Dental Hygiene. This online program may be completed in as few as 12 months and is designed for Registered Dental Hygienists having graduated from a CODA-accredited associate degree Dental Hygiene program who want to advance their career.

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At a Glance

  • Bachelor of Science degree program in Dental Hygiene can be completed in as few as 12 months!

  • Comprehensive instruction

  • Hold an associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from a CODA-accredited program from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

  • 100% online program, learn more now!

About the Program

What WIll I Learn?

Upon completion of this program, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills for diverse audiences.
  2. Critically evaluate information from multiple sources for application in professional settings.
  3. Apply current research and data interpretation techniques to identify and evaluate solutions for emergent issues impacting the profession.
  4. Apply critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making in dental hygiene education and health promotion
  5. Utilize interprofessional collaboration to enhance patient-centered care


Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene affords excellent opportunities for professional growth and development with education in leadership, education, and research.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from a CODA-accredited program from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 80.0 units of lower-division courses
  • Hold a current, unencumbered credential licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in California or in the state of current employment

Program Availability

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Dental Hygiene is a 100% online program. To learn more, 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

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


San Joaquin Valley College 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 San Joaquin Valley College 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 San Joaquin Valley College.

Read Our Career Guide On Becoming A Dental Hygienist

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Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Program FAQs

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene?

Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Some hygienists have higher-level degrees. Typically careers in research, education, or public health programs require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.1

How do I become a dental hygienist online?

While there may be hybrid dental hygiene associate degree programs, you cannot complete a CODA-approved dental hygiene program online due to laboratory and clinical practice requirements. You can, however, choose to gain your entry-level  education in-person and pursue higher education online. Online classes may be beneficial when earning a Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree.

Can I become a dental hygienist online with no prerequisites?

Because you cannot meet laboratory or clinical practice requirements, it’s not possible to fully obtain a dental hygiene degree online. SJVC offers a Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science program online, although there are some admission requirements. 

What is the difference between an online dental hygiene program and an on-campus program?

An on-campus dental hygiene program will include hands-on experience, laboratory work, and clinical practice hours to gain the entry-level experience to be eligible for licensure examination. SJVC’s online Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science program is for those that have already become a Registered Dental Hygienist and wish to further their education. The program includes courses such as Teaching Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice, Dental Practice Management, Community Oral Health Assessment and Program Planning, Health Care Law and Ethics, and Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare.

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