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 Board of California (DHBC) Coronavirus Updates

The Governor's Office released August 31, 2021 the following announcement pertaining to the approved Wet Laboratory Waiver for the prerequisite biomedical science courses:

Dental Hygiene Board Admission Standard Waiver Extension - to align with the school year calendar, it extends by four months to December 31, 2021, the prior order that removed an admission standard for dental hygiene educational programs that requires incoming students to have completed college-level biomedical science coursework with a "wet laboratory" component in the subjects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.

Dental Hygiene General Info Sessions

OC Career Center will be hosting Dental Hygiene General Info Sessions Workshops throughout Fall 2021 semester.
Facilitated by Dr. Shannon Trefts, the workshop will provide an overview of the program, answer questions about prerequisites and the application process, highlight the industry resources, and more.
Sign up by clicking on the image to the left.

Dental Hygiene - Program Information

Click on the accordion dropdown menus to learn more about the program topics below:

Please note: per the Governor's Office announcement released August 31, 2021 -Dental Hygiene Board Admission Standard Waiver Extension - to align with the school year calendar, it extends by four months to December 31, 2021, the prior order that removed an admission standard for dental hygiene educational programs that requires incoming students to have completed college-level biomedical science coursework with a "wet laboratory" component in the subjects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.

Please note: Due to the pandemic, the Dental Hygiene Board of California has only allowed online labs in science prerequisites through August 2021. Please see the waiver extension information above, announced on August 31, 2021 -- extension through December 31, 2021.

Dental Hygiene Program guide
Dental Hygiene Program Digital Binder
View the Digital Binder to learn more about the program.
ADA.org 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.