Dental Hygiene Program 

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares students for the practice of dental hygiene. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a licensed professional who is part of the dental care team, performing such services as oral examination, oral prophylaxis (scaling, root planing, soft tissue curettage and polishing the teeth), exposing and processing dental x-rays, administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation for pain control, applying preventative substances such as topical fluorides and dental sealants, along with instructing patients in oral disease control and nutrition.

This Dental Hygiene, Associate of Science Degree Program offers academic and clinical skills curriculum within an on-campus clinic -- please view Oxnard College campus updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for updated information.

Students are prepared for the National Board written examination and the State practical examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.


OCDHP is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) which is a subcommittee of the American Dental Association (ADA)


Dental hygiene is a high-demand health career, with rapid growth expected in the industry.  The most recent data reported in 2019 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the median annual salary for dental hygienists in the U.S. is $76,220; however, the median annual salary for California is reported at $107,530. The demand for dental hygienists in Ventura County is indicative of the bright outlook forecast, with the median annual salary for Ventura County reported at $111,810. 

Data reported from O*Net Online

Notice:  Entering into a health care field can subject you to bloodborne pathogens.  For more information, please download the following documents:


Dental Hygiene - Program Information

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Please note: Due to the pandemic, the Dental Hygiene Board of California has only allowed online labs in science prerequisites through August 2021.

Dental Hygiene Program guide
Dental Hygiene Program Digital Binder
View the Digital Binder to learn more about the program. website
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association (ADA) exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist our members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients.
Dental Hygiene Program Presentation Video
Dental Hygiene Program Presentation Video
The program's success stems from its Five P's model, where its near-perfect Pass Rates and 100% Placement rates are attributed to Prerequisites, Performance and Planning.
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations website
National Board Dental Exams
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) is the agency responsible for the development and administration of the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE). Click here to register for the National Board Exams and review current information.