Dental Hygiene Degree Pathways

Diablo Valley College is home to one of the most respected and affordable Dental Hygiene programs in the Bay Area. This two-year program includes classes and valuable hands-on experience in our Community Dental Hygiene Clinic.

This program is highly competitive as only 20 students, chosen by lottery, are admitted each academic year. It is required that students complete their course work in two years, which includes two summer sessions.

Students who complete the Dental Hygiene program will be fully prepared to take the required written and clinical licensing exams. DVC proudly has a 100 percent pass rate on the National and Regional Dental Hygiene Board examinations.

Our Dental Hygiene Program offers:

You can learn more about the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificate requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you. 

Being a registered dental hygienist is very rewarding. Hygienists not only have the respect of their peers in this highly skilled field, but also work with people on a day-to-day basis to help them live healthier lives. 

Career options

  • General dental practices
  • Specialty practices
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health clinics

Career options with additional education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Sales representative
  • Public advocacy
  • Business administration

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center or contact one of our faculty and staff members. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC. 

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

The DVC Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. This program has also been approved by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California.

To hire our graduates

If you are an employer looking to hire one of our qualified Dental Hygiene graduates please visit the Career Center to post your position.

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Contact Dental Hygiene

Chair: Tonette Steeb
Telephone: 925-969-2658
Office location: LHS-108 Campus map