Associate in Science Degree Dental Hygiene


The Cypress College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and has been granted the Accreditation status of approval without reporting. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. This program offers a curriculum that provides the student with the appropriate academic instruction to achieve eligibility for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners written examination, and the California State Board Examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, qualifying the candidate as stipulated in the California Dental Practice Act.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete all graduation requirements to include:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements with a grade of C or better
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units, and
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Program Goal

The goal of the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Program is to provide the student with the educational opportunity to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and a professional member of the allied health team.

Program Objectives

  1. To educate dental hygiene students in the ethical, legal and competent practice of dental hygiene.
  2. To educate dental hygiene students in the areas of disease prevention and oral health promotion.
  3. To facilitate dental hygiene students involvement in community projects.
  4. To promote professional growth, development, and an appreciation for scholarly activity.
  5. To ensure the dental hygiene student provides optimal patient care.

Minimum Standards for Applicants

  1. Eligibility for admission to Cypress College.
  2. High school graduation or completion of the General Education Development (GED) test or passing of high school proficiency examination.
  3. GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college work completed.
  4. Evidence of good physical and mental health as determined by medical examination upon admission to the program and prior to enrollment.
  5. Completion of specific science courses with a grade of C or better and overall GPA of 3.0. See list below.
  6. Completion of specific general education courses prior to application.


The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 2.5.

  1. Science: All courses must be completed within five years of filing the initial application and with an overall GPA of 3.0. Three courses must be completed prior to application;  the remainder must be completed no later than the end of the Spring semester prior to enrollment in the Fall program.
    Required courses are listed in suggested sequence:
    CHEM 101 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors l4
    CHEM 201 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors II4.5
    BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology4
    BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy4
    BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology4
  2. In addition, a minimum of four courses of the following related courses must be completed prior to application. All courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to Fall enrollment into the program.

    HRC 100 CNutrition3
    or BIOL 107 C Nutrition & World Food Issues
    PSY 101 CIntroduction to Psychology3
    SOC 101 CIntroduction to Sociology3
    COMM 100 CHuman Communication3
    ENGL 100 CCollege Writing4
    DH 100 C Introduction to Dental Hygiene 11.5

Additional Courses

The following courses are required for the Associate Degree and must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to starting the program:

CC-DH Prereq

Selection Procedure

Applications normally exceed capacity. Selection of applicants is based on accumulation of points. Criteria are available in the Health Science Counseling Office. Criteria are subject to change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that evidence of criteria is on file at Cypress College.

Application Procedures

  1. Applications must be completed online during the month of February. Please see the Health Science Application link on the Dental Hygiene home page, or visit
  2. Applicants must submit official transcripts (except Cypress and Fullerton Colleges) and signature page of application in person to the Health Science Applications office by March 15. Please bring photo identification: Health Science Applications Office, Health Science Building, Cypress College, 9200 Valley View Street, Cypress, California 90630-5897.

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Dental Hygiene courses must be taken in a specific sequence. Students must obtain a grade of C or better in all courses listed in the Dental Hygiene Curriculum to continue in the program. Refer to the General Education Requirement of the college to obtain an Associate Degree.

Upon completion of the Dental Hygiene curriculum listed below and the general education requirements, the student will be eligible for an Associate Degree from Cypress College.

DH 101 C Dental Anatomy and Morphology2
DH 104 COral Health Assessment3
DH 106 C Radiology Technician - Hygienists3
DH 109 CPre-Clinical Dental Hygiene5
DH 205 COral Embryology and Histology2
DH 248 CMedical/Dental Emergencies1
DH 110 CClinical Dental Hygiene6
DH 113 CGeneral and Oral Pathology2
DH 116 CDental Materials - Hygienists3
DH 125 CPerio Pathology and Therapy2
DH 212 CHead and Neck Anatomy2
DH 220 CClinical Dental Hygiene6.5
DH 240 CCommunity Oral Health I2
DH 250 CPharmacology2
DH 255 CDental Anesthesiology3
DH 260 CDental Care for Special Needs2
DH 221 CClinical Dental Hygiene6.5
DH 230 CDental Specialties2
DH 241 CCommunity Oral Health II2
DH 245 CDental Jurisprudence2
Additional Recommended Coursework (not required):
Clinical Dental Hygiene 1A0.5
Clinical Dental Hygiene 2A0.5
Dental Hygiene Independent Study0.5-2
Total Units59