Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must:

  • Have completed and filed an SRJC College Application.
     
  • Be informed: In accordance with state law, the Dental Hygiene Committee of California may deny licensure for crimes that could substantially impact practitioners in the dental field. 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 DHCC prior to application for licensure. Questions that students may have related to possible denial for licensure should be referred to: Dental Hygiene Committee of California, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1050 Sacramento, CA 95825.
     
  • Must be substance abuse free for a minimum of two years as substantiated by a Rehabilitation Center attending physician.
     
  • Must read, write, and comprehend English to be able to effectively communicate with patients, faculty and staff.
     
  • Must possess the Technical Standards as described under General Information on this Web site.
     
  • Complete Prerequisites: Applicants for any incoming program courses must complete program prerequisite courses by the end of the preceding fall semester.  List of Prerequisites is found in the "Program of Study" link- see below under Prerequisites.
     
  • Review Associate Degree Major: Requirements in the SRJC catalog or the online schedule for details. These courses must be completed before you will be granted graduation status from the dental hygiene program. Please speak to a SRJC Health Science counselor to determine the courses you will need to complete for your Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene (information below).
     
  • Grade Point Average: Grades from the science prerequisite courses must average a minimum GPA of 2.7.  Grades from the non-science prerequisite courses must average a minimum GPA of 2.5.
     

COUNSELING:

IMPORTANT- 

  • The SRJC Dental Hygiene Program is a recognized major for an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.  If you have earned an Associate Degree from another institution, you MUST still meet SRJC's degree requirements.  Additional courses may be needed to fulfill the General Education and major requirements.  Even if you have a previous Associate Degree from SRJC, you may be held to additional course requirements for the Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.
     
  • It is highly recommended that all classes for the General Education requirement are taken prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene program.  The program is a full-time commitment; if courses outside the program are needed for graduation, it may prove difficult to meet the demands of the Dental Hygiene Program. All students who graduate from the SRJC Dental Hygiene Program must complete the SRJC degree requirements before they will qualify to be licensed by the State of California.
     
  • Make an appointment with a Health Sciences’ counselor (707-527-4451) who can evaluate your required DH program prerequisites, degree requirement classes and Associate Degree requirements.
     
  • SRJC Health Science Counselors are very knowledgeable about prerequisite class requirements and have programs that help determine the equivalency of courses taken at different institutions.  The Dental Hygiene Program Director does not have this information to answer your equivalency questions.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

IF YOU DO NOT MEET WITH A HEALTH SCIENCE COUNSELOR TO GO OVER PREREQUISITES THERE COULD BE EXTENSIVE DELAYS IN THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE CONSIDERATION INTO THE DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM.

ALERT – Applicants for Fall 2022 -  prerequisites and application process are as stated below.

  • Official college website Prerequisites (click on Program of study to see prerequisites): Program of Study
     
  • Applicants must complete program prerequisite courses by the end of the preceding fall semester. 
     
  • 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 prerequisite classes are in Semester units, and you must complete the required Semester units. If your college units are in Quarter units, you will need to convert these to Semester units to determine if you have the required prerequisite course credit. You may need to file a course substitution request form for these classes to be considered. (Contact a Health Sciences Counselor for assistance with all prerequisite course questions).
     

  • Note: All combination classes of Anatomy and Physiology (example: A&P 1 and A&P 2) require a course substitution request to be considered: https://admissions.santarosa.edu/course-substitution-request-major-andor-certificate-program-requirement
     

  • Advanced placement classes are not accepted as prerequisite coursework at this time.

 

TRANSCRIPTS: FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENE APPLICATION

  • The Dental Hygiene Program will accept only official transcripts from schools other than SRJC and official or unofficial transcripts from classes taken at SRJC.
     
  • Have all transcript(s) sent to your home and then include them with your application. Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the Health Science Department.
     
  • Allow plenty of time for the handling of your transcript requests from educational institutions. 
     
  • Dental Hygiene will also accept copies of official transcripts from other schools that are printed from Ilinx with the application.
     

APPLICATION:   Application period is October 1, 2021 through January 28, 2022.  Applications must be postmarked by 5:00pm on January 28, 2022.

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to insure the application is complete.  Note:  Electronic transcripts accepted only due to COVID-19 from colleges not providing hard copy.
     
  • You must submit your application by certified mail to provide you with the assurance that your application has been received. Confirmation of the receipt of your application will not be given over the phone,  DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL FOR STATUS UPDATES.

 
Application Checklist

 

Application


Prerequisite Worksheet

 

DEADLINES

  • Application period: October 1, 2021 through 5:00pm, January 28, 2022.  Applications must be postmarked by 5:00pm on January 28, 2022.
  • All applications must be sent via Certified Mail to the Health Sciences Department at the address below, postmarked by the application deadline. (Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.)

Health Sciences Department
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401
(707) 527-4271 

INCOMPLETE or LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The class selection process will be conducted each spring for the next Fall Semester, there is no waiting list that carries over from year to year. Letters of acceptance, alternate, non-acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program will be emailed to applicant after the review process is completed. This information will not be given out over the phone. Do not call or email for status updates.
  • It is recommended that you add the following email to your contacts list in order to reduce the chance an email sent to you would be in your spam folder.   ydavis@santarosa.edu
  • At the close of the application period, applicant names will be sent to the SRJC Institutional Research department for the randomized selection process.  

Accepted Applicant Pool

     The first 24 qualified candidates selected in the randomized list will receive notification via email after the review process is completed, letting them know that they have been accepted into the program. This group will be given 2 weeks to respond to the invitation to join the program. 

 

Alternate Applicant Pool

     The next group of qualified candidates selected in the randomized list will receive notification via email  after the review process is completed, letting them know that they have been accepted to the Alternate Applicant Pool. If a student selected in the Accepted Applicant Pool is no longer interested in the program, the alternate pool candidates will be used to fill the class, beginning with the first person on the alternate list and proceeding through the list. 

 

Non–Acceptance - Students not selected into the program

     Students whose randomized number was too high to qualify for this year’s class and/or students who did not qualify will receive notification via email after the review process is completed letting them know that they have not been accepted.

 

PROGRAM COST

     Program costs are approximate and do not include National Board or state/regional examination and licensing fees. Fees may vary depending on costs associated with books, health requirements, supplies, including instrument kits, and tuition costs for students. Recommended Student Professional Membership Dues $50.00

Instrument kits/including typodont

$8,500

Textbooks – 2 years

$2,000

Scrubs, clinic gown, shoes, masks and gloves

$700

Magnification glasses (light optional $600)

$1,300

Health Requirements for the program

$300

Supplies

$1200

Registration and Malpractice Insurance Fees for 2 years

$4,600

TOTAL

                   $18,550

 

CONTACT:  The Director of Dental Hygiene cannot answer questions regarding coarse substitutions or application status and cannot reply to phone messages, please email non-application related questions.

Lucinda Fleckner, Director of Dental Hygiene
1501 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa CA 95401
Email:  lfleckner@santarosa.edu