Accreditation/Licensure

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.

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 Board 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 DHBC should be notified. Questions that students may have related to possible denial for licensure should be referred to: 
                                               Dental Hygiene Board of California, 2005 Evergreen Street Ste. 1050, Sacramento, CA  95815  (916) 263-1978 - www.dhbc.ca.gov

     *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