Dental Hygiene

A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who provide education, clinical, and therapeutic services in a variety of settings within a changing health care system, and a culturally diverse society. Procedures include but are not limited to oral health assessments, dental radiography, oral health education, removal of soft and hard deposits from teeth, local anesthesia, and sealant placement.

Information Session for Applicants

QR code for zoom link to dental hygiene information sessionDecember 6, 2022 | 6:00-8:00PM 

Join us virtually on Zoom.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Program overview
  • Prerequisites
  • Application process
  • Counseling
  • Financial aid

Career opportunities

  • Clinical dental hygienist
  • Public health dental hygienist

Career opportunities with additional education

  • Registered dental hygienist in alternative practice
  • Corporate sales representative
  • Product researcher
  • Dental hygiene educator
  • Oral health administrator
  • Dentist

Dental Hygiene Degrees

Associate in science degree

Dental hygiene (DENHY)

About the DVC Dental Hygiene Program

The DVC Dental Hygiene curriculum requires two consecutive academic years including Summer. Students complete the program as a cohort.  The program includes classroom, clinical, and laboratory instruction as well as hands-on experience providing dental hygiene services in the DVC Community Dental Hygiene Clinic.   The program has a robust patient pool, but students also need to recruit patients for their learning experience.

Entrance into the Dental Hygiene Program is highly competitive with enrollment limited to 20 students.  To be eligible, students must complete the specified prerequisite courses prior to submitting an application. Applications for acceptance to the dental hygiene program are accepted from January 1 to February 28.  The program begins with an Orientation course the following April and May.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and approved by the Dental Hygiene Board of California.

Apply to the program

Find out when enrollment starts and the steps to apply to the program.

Community Dental Hygiene Clinic

DVC offers affordable preventive oral health services in our Community Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Career Center

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


Meet our dedicated faculty and staff.

Success stories

Read what some of our alumni are doing after graduating from the program.

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Contact Dental Hygiene

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