Minimum Standards to Apply

Please contact Doreen Villasenor, the Health Science Counselor, at 714-484-7273 or email her at for questions regarding the dental hygiene application requirements.

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.  Offical 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. 
 See Curriculum-Prerequisites -1. Science Prerequisites

7.  Three (3) General Education courses must be completed prior to application and others must be in progress. 
 See Curriculum-Prerequisites-2. General Education Prerequisites

8.  Observation hours (see form at

 (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 affilliated hospitals/clinics. 

NOTE:  Acceptance is based on a signed written response from the applicant selected, and followed by mandatory attendance at an orientation.