Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

Application period

The application period for the DVC Dental Hygiene Program is from January 1 to February 28. All applicants must apply to DVC and receive a Student ID and Insite Portal login to access the Dental Hygiene Program application.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Science prerequisites must be completed within the past seven years.
  • Overall GPA for prerequisite coursework must be 2.75 or higher.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • In progress coursework will not be accepted. 

Science Prerequisites 

  • BIOSCI 139-Human Anatomy
  • BIOSCI 140-Human Physiology
  • BIOSCI 119-Fundamentals of Microbiology or BIOSCI 146-Principles of Microbiology
  • CHEM 108-Introductory Chemistry 
  • CHEM 109-Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 
    • An equivalent course must include Biochemistry
    • An integrated Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry course will not satisfy this requirement
  • NUTR 160-Nutrition Science and Applications

General Education Prerequisites

  • COMM 120-Public Speaking or COMM 130-Small Group Communication
  • ENGL 122-First-Year College Composition and Reading
  • SOCIO 120-Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYCH 101-Introduction to Psychology or PSYCH 122-Psychology in Modern Life
  • MATH 135-College Algebra or MATH 142-Elementary Statistics with Probability, or higher-level math course (CSU Area 4B or IGETC  Area 2)

Dental Hygiene Procedures Observation

The Diablo Valley College Dental Hygiene Program requires dental hygiene applicants to observe an oral prophylaxis or periodontal maintenance appointment, and a non-surgical periodontal therapy appointment. These forms must be completed and signed by a dentist and hygienist regardless of employment experience.

Download the Prophylaxis or Periodontal Maintenance Observation Form

Download the Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy Observation Form

Official Transcript Submission

Official transcript from ALL colleges showing completion of all prerequisites must be sent to DVC Admissions and Records by the application filing period closing date.  Exception:  Transcripts from Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College or Contra Costa College do not need to be sent.

It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure official transcripts have been received.

  • Electronic transcripts:  Official transcripts can be sent to transcripts@dvc.edu from the granting institution or transcript vendor only.  Transcripts sent from personal or student email will not be considered.
  • Hard copy transcripts: Official unopened, sealed transcripts can be sent through USPS, Fedex, or other carriers to DVC Admissions and Records, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA. 94523.  They can also be hand delivered to the Admissions and Records office on the Pleasant Hill campus.
  • Additional information regarding transcripts can be found at the DVC Admissions and Records Transcript page.

Online Application

Please review the sample application to ensure you have all the required information. You will need your Insite Portal login information to access the online application.

Access to the online application will be available on December 15.

Advisory to students

DVC Dental Programs follow the CDC Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers including Covid19 with booster.  Students will need to be immunized before entering the Dental Hygiene Program.


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Contact Dental Hygiene

Chair: Tonette Steeb
Telephone: 925-969-2658
Email: tsteeb@dvc.edu
Office location: LHS-108 Campus map