BS in Dental Hygiene

An accelerated Bachelor's Degree program earned in less than 3 years.

If you like science, have an interest in healthcare, or just find satisfaction in helping people—a career as a dental hygienist could be your ideal option. You could earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in as little as 32 months at West Coast University’s Orange County campus.  West Coast University is one of five baccalaureate programs in the state and is the first program of its kind in the county.

Plus, our onsite Dental Hygiene Clinic offers free services to the public—and with more than 15,000 patient visits a year, you’ll have opportunities to learn and practice in this real-world atmosphere.

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WCU Advantages

West Coast University offers a different approach to earning your degree—with a program you could complete in as little as 32 months. It’s a method of learning designed to help you achieve your goals—and make the most of your potential:

  • Focused program—once accepted into the program, you advance from general education coursework to dental hygiene courses, with no waiting period in between.
  • Learn by doing—clinical education begins in a technologically advanced simulation lab and advances into WCU’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  • Community service—you will provide supervised care in our free Dental Hygiene Clinic to a diverse patient population who may not otherwise have access to dental hygiene services.
  • Career Servicesoffers career planning advice, assistance with everything from resume writing and interview preparation to job leads and more.

Our BS in Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association and helps prepare you to become a dental hygienist in as little as 32 months.

From 2011 through 2015, 100% of the WCU Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene graduates have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and 100% have passed a clinical examination. Passage of both examinations is required for licensure and practice.

Our Faculty

Our program provides students with outstanding opportunities to learn from a prestigious group of dental hygiene faculty. Our faculty members are affiliated with international, national, state and local professional organizations. They are active in providing advanced education to practicing dental hygienists and other health professionals at international, national, state, and local conferences and continuing education events.  Many of our faculty members have conducted original research and regularly contribute as authors in influential dental hygiene journals.

Featured Dental Hygiene Stories

WCU Dental Hygiene Faculty, Students Win at ADHA

West Coast University continues to be a national leader in student and faculty research, taking home three awards from the 2016 American Dental Hygienists’ Association convention. Two student research teams both came back from the event with hardware, picking up a second place win and an honorable mention for their original research projects. "Our...


WCU Dental Hygiene Students Win Second Place at State Competition

West Coast University student research teams took second prize at the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) competition in May. "West Coast University continues to lead in the state in the area of original student research," WCU Dental Hygiene Dean Michelle Hurlbutt said. "I'm proud of all our teams." The four students...


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Distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus. Texas residents' distance education is offered through the Dallas, TX campus.

Advanced Facilities

Our Simulation and Dental Materials Lab and the Dental Hygiene Clinic are well-equipped so that WCU students do not have to share, but rather have the simulation unit, dental chair and radiology equipment for the entire dedicated teaching time. Read more here.

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