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.
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:
- California Code of Regulations, Title 8 Section 5193
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.