Future Dental Hygiene Students

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About Dental Hygiene
Getting Started: Requirements
Dental Hygiene at SRJC
Program Goals
Program Competencies
Program Cost
Application Process
Program of Study
Frequently Asked Questions
Career Opportunities
Contact

ABOUT DENTAL HYGIENE

A registered Dental Hygienist is a health professional licensed in dental hygiene to provide preventive, educational, and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. At the successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program, graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge of scientific concepts to assess patient needs, recognize problems, establish oral health goals, provide the appropriate dental health-care services, and evaluate results.

 

 

GETTING STARTED: Requirements

Complete Prerequisites: Applicants for any incoming program courses must complete program prerequisite courses by the end of the preceding fall semester. 

NOTE: all prerequisite classes are given in Semester units, 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. 

DEADLINES

Applications are available November 1, 2016 through February 1, 2017.

The signed Dental Program Application and Prerequisite Course Worksheet are due back to the Health Sciences Department no later than February 1, 2017 of the application year. Applications postmarked after this date will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of applicants to make sure that files are complete and submitted to the Health Science Department by the February 1, 2017 application deadline. It is suggested that you submit your application in person or by certified mail to provide you with the assurance that your application has been received.

General Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Have completed and filed an SRJC College Application
  • Requested a Transfer Credit Evaluation (for any prerequisite classes from any other colleges)
  • Not be on academic probation or progress probation.
  • 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. Please see in progress alternate pool below for exception to this criteria.
  • 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 counselor to determine the courses you will need to complete for your Associate Degree.
  • 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: Make an appointment with a Health Sciences’ counselor (707-527-4451) who can evaluate your DH program prerequisite classes and associate degree requirements.

Contact: Carol Hatrick, Director of Dental Programs, at (707) 527-4583 or chatrick@santarosa.edu for specific questions regarding your application. Contact SRJC Health Science Counselor for all prerequisite course questions.

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/non-acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program will be emailed to applicant approximately six-eight weeks after the application deadline. Acceptance/non-acceptance information will not be given out over the phone. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to attend the Dental Programs orientation session scheduled in June to discuss program requirements, health requirements, uniforms and instrument kits.

Qualified Applicant Pool

Candidates who meet all requirements at the time of application deadline and are chosen in the first random selection pool.

Applicants meeting the dental hygiene prerequisite requirements and minimum GPA (see above for minimum GPA) in the science and non-science prerequisites will be placed into the first priority applicant pool. Twenty-four qualified applicants will be randomly selected for admission to the program and notified approximately six-eight weeks after the application deadline.

Alternate Qualified Applicant Pool

Candidates who meet all requirements at the time of application deadline but are not chosen in the first random selection pool. Applicants meeting the dental hygiene prerequisite requirements and minimum GPA (see above for minimum GPA) in the science and non-science prerequisites who are not selected in the first random selection pool will be placed on an alternate list. If a place in the class becomes available, qualified alternates will be notified; this notification may occur at any time up to the beginning of the fall semester.

Note Changes to the Application Effective Fall 2015:

The department has removed the previous preference for applicants with residence in Sonoma, Mendocino or Lake counties for a least one year prior to application. The department has changed the minimum science prerequisite GPA to 2.7, the overall non-science prerequisite classes GPA remains 2.5 There is an opportunity for students to apply with one outstanding dental hygiene science or one outstanding non-science prerequisite class – please see in progress applicant pool. Additional information about this process may be found by consulting with a Health Sciences Counselor or the Program Director.

Transcripts/International Transcripts

The Dental Hygiene Program only accepts sealed official transcript(s) from schools other than SRJC. If you have classes that were taken at SRJC you may submit unofficial transcripts. Have all official transcript(s) sent to your home then include them with your application. Allow plenty of time for the handling of your official transcript(s) requests from educational institutions. In addition, official transcript(s) must also be sent to the Admission & Records at SRJC to be evaluated by the transcript evaluator. It is the applicant’s responsibility to insure the application is complete. All transcripts of ineligible applicants will be destroyed after one year. Students who have coursework from a school outside the United States should contact the dental programs administrative assistant in the Health Sciences Office.

DENTAL HYGIENE at SRJC

Through a rigorous and challenging program, students can graduate from the Dental Hygiene Program having earned an associate in science degree and will be well prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the California Dental Hygiene Board Examination and/or Central Regional or Western Regional Dental Hygiene Examination. 
Since the inception of the Dental Hygiene program in 1999, 100% of our dental hygiene students have successfully passed the National Board exam. The Commission on Dental Accreditation awarded the program accreditation “without reporting” status in 2016.

After prerequisites have been completed the Dental Hygiene Program is competed in five semesters including one summer session. Dental Hygiene courses must be taken in sequence. SRJC's Dental Programs faculty will provide guidance, information, evaluation, and role modeling that fosters the development of students from novice to competent and skilled dental health care professionals.

The Dental Hygiene curriculum creates an environment in which students are stimulated to learn. Dental hygiene students develop critical thinking, ethical; evidence based decision-making and problem-solving skills. Graduates of the program will enjoy professional growth and development in the profession through active participation and affiliation within the industry. 



The Dental Hygiene Program offers a stimulating, science-based, and challenging learning experience that prepares students to become licensed dental health professionals who provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services that encourage optimal oral health standards in patients. Students learn to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. They will achieve professional and personal growth through the application of classroom knowledge in clinical, laboratory and community settings and through self-directed planning, implementation, and evaluation of professional services. Once qualified through the Dental Hygiene Program, students will promote and maintain individuals' oral wellness in collaboration with dental and other health-care professionals. 



Students graduating from this program are prepared to assume responsibility for their continued professional growth and scientific innovations in the delivery of dental hygiene care. After preparation at SRJC, graduates apply their knowledge to assess needs, recognize problems, establish oral health goals, and provide appropriate services, and evaluate outcomes about their patients. 


Note:

Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association requires all 2-year colleges to award an associate degree to students upon completion of the program. SRJC dental hygiene students are required to complete the all requirements for the SRJC associate degree in dental hygiene, including prerequisites and general education.

 

PROGRAM GOALS

To provide a student-centered learning environment in which students are stimulated to learn, to grow personally, to develop decision making, ethical, and problem solving skills, and to stimulate creative and independent thinking.

To prepare students who will achieve professional and personal growth through application of classroom knowledge in clinical, laboratory and community settings with the provision of self-directed planning, implementation, and evaluation of professional services.

To prepare students who will be prepared to assume responsibility for continued professional growth, high professional standards, and to meet the emerging challenges of dental health care.

To prepare students to pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and Regional clinical licensure examinations.

PROGRAM COMPETENCIES

Student Learning Outcomes

Prior to entering the profession of dental hygiene, a graduate of the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Hygiene Program will have attained the following competencies.

1. Discern and manage the ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing health environment.

2. Advance the profession through active participation and affiliation with professional and community service, and display lifelong professional growth and development.

3. Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations.

4. Formulate comprehensive dental hygiene care plans that are patient centered and based on current scientific evidence.

5. Provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic procedures to promote and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals.

6. Evaluate the effectiveness of patient treatment, patient education, planned clinical and community educational services and make necessary modifications.

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.

Instrument kits/including typodont

$8,000

Textbooks – 2 years

$2,000

Scrubs, clinic gown, shoes, masks and gloves

$600

Magnification glasses (light optional $600)

$1,200

Health Requirements for the program

$300

Supplies

$900

Registration and Malpractice Insurance Fees for 2 years

$4,500

TOTAL

             $17,500

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

The Dental Hygiene Program Application period for the Fall 2017 class has closed. The next application period for the class beginning Fall 2018 will begin on November 6, 2017.  The dental hygiene application and related documents will be available on this site at the beginning of October. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am interested in pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene, how do I get started?

A. It is recommended that you start by reviewing the information on the Dental Hygiene web page: Dental Hygiene. Here you will find information about the program and can continue to explore specific questions by clicking on each link. Make an appointment with a Health Sciences Counselor to develop your educational plan.

Q. Do I need to apply to the College and the Dental Hygiene Program?

A. If you are not already a student at SRJC, you must complete an application for admission to the College. The Dental Hygiene Program also requires you to complete a separate application. The program application must contain all the required documentation and be submitted to the Health Sciences Department before the deadline.

Q. What are the prerequisite classes required for the Dental Hygiene Program?

A.  The prerequisite classes include Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association requirements, and Dental Hygiene program prerequisites. A list of these classes is found on the majors web page:  Programs of Study

NOTE: all prerequisite classes are given in Semester units, 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. 

Q. Do I need to have all my prerequisites classes completed before applying to the program?

A. Applicants for any incoming class must complete their prerequisite courses by the end of the preceding Fall semester.

There is an opportunity for a student to apply to the “in progress” applicant pool.

Students who have one dental hygiene science or non-science prerequisite class not completed by the end of the fall semester of application may apply to the program. If there is space available in the class after all qualified applicants and qualified alternates have been contacted, students who successfully pass the remaining prerequisite in the spring may be considered. The need to review the in progress applicant pool will be determined each year by the Director, Dental Programs and the Dean, Health Science.

See the web page under “getting started” for the “in progress” application process.

Q. How do I determine if the classes I have taken in other colleges/universities are equivalent to the prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene Program?

A. Complete an application to SRJC and submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation request to the SRJC Admissions and Records office.  Official transcripts from all other Colleges will be required.  The Dental Programs will not be able to evaluate your courses unless you have completed and submitted the SRJC application and Transfer Credit Evaluation request.

Q. Is there a minimum GPA required for admission to the program?

A. The 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. 




Q. Must I complete the requirements for the Associate in Science degree before I can graduate from the Dental Hygiene Program? 



A. Yes, the associate in science degree is required for completion of the program. 


Q. Do I have to take the SRJC Dental Assisting Program first? 



A. No, it is not required to have a Dental Assisting background to be accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. 



Q. How many students will be accepted? 



A. 24 students will be accepted each fall. 



Q. Is there a waiting list? 



A. No, there will be a new pool every year. 



Q. Is there an interview required? 



A. No. 


Q. How are students selected into the program?

A. The class selection process will be conducted each year for the Fall semester.

Qualified Applicant Pool – candidates who meet all requirements at the time of application Deadline and are chosen in the first random selection pool Applicants meeting the dental hygiene prerequisite requirements and minimum GPA (see above for minimum GPA) in the science and non-science prerequisites will be placed into the first priority applicant pool. Twenty-four qualified applicants will be randomly selected for admission to the program and notified approximately six-eight weeks after the application deadline.

Alternate Qualified Applicant Pool - candidates who meet all requirements at the time of application deadline but are not chosen in the first random selection pool. Applicants meeting the dental hygiene prerequisite requirements and minimum GPA (see above for minimum GPA) in the science and non-science prerequisites who are not selected in the first random selection pool will be placed on an alternate list If a place in the class becomes available, qualified alternates will be notified; this notification may occur at any time up to the beginning of the fall semester.

Q. Does the SRJC use a lottery for selection? How does that work?

A. A computerized process from outside the Health Science Department is utilized to randomly select qualified applicants.

Q. Where can I drop off my Dental Hygiene application?

A. Applications can be dropped off in person in the Health Sciences Administrative office located in the Race Building, room 4062, 3rd floor.

Q. How do I know if my application was received?

A. If mailing your application, it is recommended that you use certified mail. If you drop off your application in person, you will be given a receipt at the front desk.

Q. When will I know if I have been accepted into the program? 



A. Acceptance letters will be emailed by mid to late April. Acceptance/qualified alternate information will not be given out over the telephone. 



Q. What is the length of the program? 



A. After program prerequisites are completed, the Dental Hygiene Program is completed in five semesters, including one summer session. Associate Degree requirements must be completed before completing the program. It is strongly suggested that these Associate Degree courses are completed before beginning the full-time Dental Hygiene program. 


Q. Are there any recommended courses in addition to the required courses? 



A. It is recommended students be comfortable with computers including basic word processing and the Internet. 


Q. What degree will I have when I finish the Dental Hygiene program?

A. Upon completion of the program, you will receive an Associate Degree in Science with a major of Dental Hygiene. You will be eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Boards and the Dental Hygiene Western Regional Examination Boards or Central Regional Dental Hygiene Boards.  After successful completion of the National Boards and the Western or Central Regional Boards you will be eligible to apply for licensure with the Dental Hygiene Committee of California.

Q. Can this curriculum be used to advance my education toward a baccalaureate degree? 



A. See a Health Science Counselor for advice. 



Q. How much will the program cost?

A. In addition to college tuition there are number of special costs associated with the Dental Hygiene program. These costs are listed on the program web page.

Q. Must I take the dental hygiene courses in sequence? 



A. Yes.

Q. Can I take the program part-time?

A. The Dental Hygiene program is not offered in a part time schedule. Classes are scheduled 5-days a week with hours some classes/clinic beginning as early a 7:00 AM and some classes ending at 7:00 PM.

Q. Can I work while I am in the program?

A. The Dental Hygiene program requires full time attendance and studies. Most students find it difficult to work while in the program. Courses in the programs require students to be available five days per week.

Q. Are there physical or health requirements for the program?

A. There are physical, health and immunization requirement for the program. These requirements must be met before beginning the program. Please refer to the program web page for a description of Technical Standards required for the program.

Q. Where will I do my clinical training?

A. Students in the Dental Hygiene program will do the majority of their clinical training in the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Clinic located on the first floor of the Race Health Science building. There are minimal outside clinical rotation requirements in the second year of the course of study in various clinical sites within Sonoma County.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities are available in private and specialty dental offices, health clinics, school systems, research facilities, public health departments, education programs, and marketing and sales of dental products. Salaries for Dental Hygienists range from $35 to $55 per hour. 


The Dental Hygienist is a licensed professional oral heath educator with specialized clinical and educational skills. The Dental Hygienist works as a co-therapist with the dentist in the prevention, recognition and treatment of dental and oral disease. The practicing dental hygienist may be exposed to environmental hazards and infectious diseases, including, but not limited to: Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV (AIDS). Dental hygienists are obligated to provide patient care with compassion and respect for human dignity, respecting the rights of privacy and confidentiality of patients with infectious disease

 

Accreditation and Licensure

The Dental Hygiene associate degree program at Santa Rosa Junior College is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, and is granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The program has received full accreditation status during each cycle of accreditation. 

The commission is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission of Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 



In accordance with state law, the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) may deny licensure for crimes substantially related to the practice of dental hygiene. 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 licensure application. 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 95815.

Contact

Carol Hatrick, Director, Dental Programs

Phone: (707) 527-4583

E-mail: chatrick@santarosa.edu