Dental Hygiene

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You don’t have to brush your teeth — just the ones you want to keep.

– Author Unknown

The Dental Hygiene Program provides you the academic and clinical instruction to achieve eligibility for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners written examination, the California State Board, Western Regional Examining Board, and Central Regional Dental Testing Service clinical examinations for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Upon completion of the Dental Hygiene program and the general education requirements, the graduate will be eligible for an associate of science degree from Cypress College.

Student wearing personal protective equipment while working on teeth

What You’ll Study
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Anatomy and Morphology
  • Oral Health Assessment
  • Radiology Technician – Hygienists
  • Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • General and Oral Pathology
  • Dental Materials – Hygienists
  • Perio Pathology and Therapy
  • Oral Embryology and Histology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Dental Specialties
  • Community Oral Health
  • Dental Jurisprudence
  • Medical/Dental Emergencies
  • Pharmacology
  • Dental Anesthesiology
  • Dental Care for Special Needs
  • Independent Study

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Dental Hygiene.

Careers & Salary


  • Dental Hygienist


  • Low: $70k
  • Average: $99k
  • High: $126k

Program Mapper

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  • Julia Cherney, RDH, MS
  • Kendra Contreras, RDH MS
  • Anna Cherie Gentry, RDH, BS, MSDH
  • Roberta Lawrence, RDH, RDHAP, MS
  • Diana Tira, RDHAP, MS
Adjunct Faculty
  • Julie Ford, DDS
  • Lee Harris, DDS
  • Rhea Jones
  • Lisa McKnight
  • Jennifer Rafferty
  • Ravipan Smith-Norman
  • Jennifer Van, RDH, MS
  • Janine Welch Wheatley, DDS
  • Abbra Zimprich
Dental Hygiene Department

Location: Tech Ed III, Room 306-B
T: (714) 484-7299
Department Chairs: Kendra Contreras, and Julia Cherney,
Pass Rates:

  • The outcomes for the Dental Hygiene Program class of 2017, 2018, and 2019:
    • 100% pass rate for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination
    • 100% pass rate for the Western Regional Examining Board
    • 100% pass rate for California Law and Ethics Exam
  • Class of 2020:
    • 100% pass rate for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination
    • WREB will be taken in December