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This department offers a Dental Teaching Clinic open to the public for preventive dental procedures such as dental cleanings and radiographs. 

Please use the menu bar above for more information about becoming a patient.




The Dental Programs at Santa Rosa Junior College includes both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs.        

Please use the menu bar above for more information on becoming a dental assistant, dental hygeinist, or becoming a patient in the Dental Teaching Clinic.



  • This award is given to career and technical education courses who show outstanding post-college outcomes in: Employment, Earnings Gain and Regional Living Wage.
  •      SRJC Dental Assisting Graduates achieve: 100% employment in their field, have an 161% increase in earnings, and 73% attain the regional living wage.


  • This award is given to career and technical education courses who show outstanding post-college outcomes in: Employment, Earnings Gain and Regional Living Wage.
  • SRJC Dental Hygiene Graduates achieve: 100% employment in their field, have an 176% increase in earnings, and 90% attain the regional living wage.

     ALERT – Dental Hygiene Applicants, beginning with class entering Fall 2020:
The Dental Hygiene Program requires a 4-5 unit course in intermediate algebra or higher as a prerequisite to admission into the Dental Hygiene Program.
All students must fulfill this requirement and all other Science and non-Science prerequisites Prior to the time of application.  Contact a SRJC Health Science counselor for the most current information.



Program Accreditation & Affiliation

     The Dental Program's master plan, policies, and curriculum are modeled after Commission and DBC guidelines.

     The Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Programs are affiliated with the University of California, School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California.

     The Dental Board of California (DBC) approves the Dental Assisting Program. Approval from the DBC allows the graduating student to sit for the state Registered Dental Assisting licensure examination.

     The American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredits the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Hygiene Program. The Commission is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U. S. Department of Education. The Dental Hygiene Program received accreditation “without reporting” status in 2016. The Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) approves all dental hygiene program in California. Accreditation from the CODA and approval from the DHBC allows the graduating student to sit for National and regional Registered Dental Hygienist licensure examinations.




Dental Programs Mission Statement

     The Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Programs will educate a group of diverse dental hygiene and dental assisting students by providing a curriculum which reflects the core values of the profession, instills life-long learning appreciation, and educates the students as caring, clinically proficient and ethical entry-level dental health care professionals prepared to serve the community in both private and public settings.


Philosophy of Allied Dental Programs

     Society is made up of individuals interacting in complex groups with differing cultural, social, educational and spiritual values. The nature of society is one of constant change. As such, individuals must adapt to societal change to fulfill needs and make existence meaningful.

     We believe that human beings have human needs related to health, which are biological, psychological and socio-cultural in nature. Society responds to these needs by promoting the advancement of health. The concept of health contains a continuum from maximum illness to maximum wellness. Individual goals for wellness may be different from those of society. Oral health care providers should be responsive to the needs of both the individual and the society. Oral health sciences are composed of disciplines of study, which provide skill, knowledge and services to society.

     The Santa Rosa Junior College Allied Dental Programs are designed to produce individuals capable of meeting professional and societal needs. The role of each program is to provide an intellectual atmosphere producing oral health-care providers who are literate, knowledgeable, motivated to be life-long learners, capable of solving problems and making decisions. Faculty members foster the development of caring, curious, competent and ethical practitioners. Furthermore, the SRJC faculty is committed to serving as role models to inspire personal and professional growth and advancement.

     The educational process should be student-centered, relevant, goal-directed, competency-based and conducted in a facilitative environment. The process encourages active student participation and the application of research principles resulting in meaningful learning, the stimulation of intellectual curiosity, and the development of critical thinking. An environment conducive to learning is structured to include mutual helpfulness, freedom of expression, mutual trust and respect and physical comfort while recognizing similarities and accepting differences.


Licensure in California

     The licensing agencies may deny licensure to dental hygienists and dental assistants for crimes substantially related to the practice of dental hygiene or dental assisting. This includes convictions involving sex crimes, drug crimes (including DUI), and crimes of violence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the Dental Board of California or the Dental Hygiene Committee of California prior to licensure application. Upon acceptance into the DH program, any student who has had a conviction related to any of the above should contact the director of the program to discuss the problem, rehabilitation, and whether the DHCC should be notified. Questions that students may have related to possible denial for licensure should be referred to: 
                                               Dental Hygiene Committee of California, 2005 Evergreen Street Ste. 1050, Sacramento, CA  95815  (916) 263-1978 -

     An applicant for dental hygiene licensure in California must have a U.S social security number (SSN) or a Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN) to achieve licensure in the State of California.   – January 1, 2016