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 only 53 dental hygiene programs conferring a baccalaureate degree in the United States. Our program is one of four 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.
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:
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 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.
By clicking above, I consent to be contacted by a university representative with information for educational opportunities at the number(s) provided above. I understand calls may be initiated by an automated telephone dialing system. I need not grant this consent to receive information or to be eligible to enroll with WCU. I understand if I do not wish to consent, I may call 866-784-4272 for more information.
Distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus. Texas residents' distance education is offered through the Dallas, TX campus.
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.