Dental Hygiene Program Information

Minimum Standards to Apply

  1. Eligible for admission to Cypress College.
  2. High School graduation, or passing of the General  Education Development tests (GED), or passing of high school proficiency.
  3. Minimum of 17 years of age to apply.  Must be 18 years of age to start the program.
  4. A minimum of a 2.5  GPA (or higher) in ALL college work attempted and a 3.0 GPA in the science prerequisites. Official transcripts of all colleges are required.
  5. Evidence of “good” physical and mental health as determined by medical examination upon admission to the program and prior to program enrollment.
    Students must demonstrate by laboratory testing and medical examination no contagious disease, such as: active Tuberculosis, or Hepatitis carrier with “e” antigen. Attendance in the dental hygiene program’s laboratory and clinical courses would be denied based upon CDC regulations and invasive exposure-prone procedures. Please discuss health concerns with a Health Science counselor before application.
  6. Four (4) science courses must be completed prior to application and all others must be in progress.
  7. Three (3) General Education courses must be completed prior to application and others must be in progress.

(In compliance with the Dental Hygiene Board of California and the California Board of Dental Examiners all applicants for California Dental Hygiene licensure must (1) successfully complete the Board Examinations, and (2) have no criminal record, or the board must determine that a past criminal record poses no threat to the public health, safety, or welfare. Finger printing is required and checked through the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The applicant must report on the Application for licensure, any convictions or pleas of nolo contendere, even if the conviction was dismissed. Making a false statement on an application, regarding a past conviction, is cause for denial of a license, regardless of the nature of the crime or how long ago it occurred.).  Students will be required to pass a formal background check before placement in affiliated hospitals/clinics.NOTE:  Acceptance is based on a signed written response from the applicant selected, and followed by mandatory attendance at an orientation.

Prerequisites and Requirements

The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” and an overall GPA of 2.5.  Once a passing grade is achieved and program application requirements are met, courses may not be repeated for a higher grade.

1. Science Prerequisites:  Four (4) of these courses must be completed prior to application. ALL others must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to acceptance in the Fall program. All science courses must be completed within five years of filing the first eligible application and with an overall GPA of 3.0.

  • CHEM 101 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors I (4 units)
  • BIOL 220 C Medical Microbiology (4 units)
  • BIOL 231 C General Human Anatomy (4 units)
  • BIOL 241 C Human Physiology (4 units)
  • HRC 100 C Nutrition (3 units) *meets KIN requirements

2. General Education Prerequisites:  Three (3) of the following related courses must be completed prior to application. The remaining two (2) courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to acceptance in the Fall program.

  • PSY 101 C Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 101 C Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
  • COMM 100 C Human Communication (3 units)
  • ENGL 100 C College Writing (4 units)
  • Cultural Diversity (3 units)

General Education/Graduation Requirements

The following additional courses are required for the associate degree and must be completed prior to the end of the program for an associate degree to be awarded. Please refer to current catalog for specific course options.

  • Math 40 C Intermediate Algebra (4 units)
  • Physical Education (activity) (1 unit)
  • Arts (3 units)
  • Humanities (3 units)
  • Reading Proficiency

Application Procedure

1.  Application packets must be completed online during the month of February.  Please see the Health Science Application link here for more information.

2.  Applicants must submit in person by March 15;

  • Signature page of the application
  • Official transcripts (except Cypress and Fullerton Colleges)
  • Photo identification
  • Observation hours form

3. Determination of acceptance is based upon the selection criteria. (see specifics in selection criteria)

4. PLEASE NOTE: F-1 visa students will not be accepted for admission into any program when application by qualified U.S. citizens exceed space available.

Candidate Selection Criteria

Criteria subject to change. For the most current criteria, please attend a Dental Hygiene information workshop or contact the Health Science Counseling Office, HS213C.

1. Total GPA points on prerequisite courses
    (Listed in B.1.and B.2.) = Maximum 40 points

GPA Points
4.0 40
3.9 37
3.8 34
3.7 31
3.6 28
3.5 25
3.4 22
3.3 19
3.2 16
3.1 14
3.0 12
2.9 10
2.8 8
2.7 6
2.6 4
2.5 2

2. Additional Sciences Completed

One (1) point will be given for each course completed with a minimum “C” grade = Maximum 5 points. Credit will be given for a three (3) semester unit course with a Biology lab or Chemistry lab if it is not being used to meet a Dental Hygiene prerequisite. Only courses from an accredited college will be accepted.

Examples:

  • BIOL 101 C General Biology
  • CHEM 111A C General Chemistry
  • CHEM 107 C Foundations of College Chemistry

3. Additional English Writing Courses Completed

Three (3) points will be given for each course completed with a minimum “C” grade = Maximum 15 points. Credit will be given for a three (3) semester unit English writing course, at the minimum level of English 100 or above. Only courses from an accredited college will be accepted.

Examples:

  • ENGL 102 C Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 103 C Critical Reasoning and Writing
  • ENGL 104 C Critical Analysis and Literature
  • ENGL 105 C Creative Writing
  • ENGL 106 C Critical Thinking

4. Grades in Prerequisite Science Courses = Maximum 30 points

Points will be awarded for each of the following four courses based on the grade achieved in each course. A minimum passing grade of “C” must be achieved, with an overall GPA of 3.0.
“A” = 5 points, “B” =3 points, “C” =1 point, *”IP”=1 point

  • CHEM 101 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors
  • BIOL 220 C Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 231 C General Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 241 C Human Physiology
  • HRC 100 C Nutrition

5. Study Skills

Three (3) points will be given for completion of a three (3) semester unit study skills course. Example: ENGL 137 College Study Strategies

6. Reading Proficiency

  • Seven (7) points will be given for a score of 61 or higher on the Cypress College Reading proficiency exam.  See English section of current class schedule for test dates and fees.
  • Total points maximum 100

Program Goals

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

Program Goal/Outcome Objectives

  • Goal/Outcome Objective I.     To educate dental hygiene students in the ethical, legal, and competent practice of dental hygiene.
  • Goal/Outcome Objective II.    To educate dental hygiene students in the areas of disease prevention and oral health promotion.
  • Goal/Outcome Objective III.   To facilitate dental hygiene students involvement in community projects.
  • Goal/Outcome Objective IV.   To promote professional growth, development, and an appreciation for scholarly activity.
  • Goal/Outcome Objective V.    To ensure the dental hygiene student provides optimal patient care.

Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

A student must attain a minimum of a “C” in all required courses to continue in the program. All courses are taken in required semester. Summer is elective but highly recommended.

Course # Semester 1 Units
DH 101 C Dental Anatomy & Morphology 2.0
DH 104 C Oral Health Assessment 3.0
DH 106 C Radiology Tech/Hygienists 3.0
DH 109 C Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 4.5
DH 205 C Oral Histology and Embryology 3.0
Course # Semester 2 Units
DH 110 C Clinical Dental Hygiene 6.0
DH 113 C General and Oral Pathology 2.0
DH 116 C Dental Materials/Hygienists 2.0
DH 125 C Periodontal Pathology & Therapy 2.0
DH 212 C Head and Neck Anatomy 2.0
Course # Summer Session Elective Units
DH 275 C Clinical Dental Hygiene 0.5
Course # Semester 3 Units
DH 220 C Clinical Dental Hygiene 6.5
DH 240 C Community Oral Health I 2.0
DH 250 C Pharmacology 2.0
DH 255 C Dental Anesthesiology 3.0
DH 260 C Dental Care for Special Needs 2.0
Course # Semester 4 Units
DH 221 C Clinical Dental Hygiene 6.0
DH 230 C Dental Specialties 2.0
DH 241 C Community Oral Health II 2.0
DH 245 C Dental Jurisprudence 2.0
DH 248 C Medical/Dental Emergencies 1.0
Course # Summer Session Elective Units
DH 276 C Clinical Dental Hygiene II 0.5

Note:  During the learning process, students are required to perform dental work on each other.