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BS in Dental Hygiene
BS in Dental Hygiene

One of only four Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene programs in California.

West Coast University's Orange County campus is home to our Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, the first in the county and one of only four in the state.

From 2011 through 2013, 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 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.

BS in Dental Hygiene Curriculum

The curriculum includes general education, prerequisites and dental hygiene studies. For this full-time Dental Hygienist program, the majority of classes are held on-campus with some general education and prerequisite classes offered online and select core dental hygiene classes offered in a blended format with an on-campus and online learning environment. You have the opportunity to learn the skills of a dental hygienist in our simulation lab. Our lab workstations are equipped with artificial patients to simulate real-world settings. After several months of working and being tested in the simulation lab, you will care for patients in our on-site, no cost Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United Sates Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx

Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists have a wide range of career opportunities open to them, from clinicians, to educators, researchers, administrators and managers.

Demand for Dental Hygienists

Hygienists are in demand in general dental offices, as well as in specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatric dentistry. Both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the California Economic Development Department project there will be continued demand in the labor market for dental hygienists.

California Economic Development Department

Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Dental Hygienists

Choose your graduation date today.

As a dedicated full-time student in our Dental Hygiene program, you will appreciate the 10-week course system that culminates in the awarding of the Bachelor's degree in as little as 32 months. Once you have been selected to the Dental Hygiene program, there's never a wait to get into a required class. As long as you successfully complete your courses, you're never put on a waiting list for the classes you need in this seven-semester, 126-credit program.