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ALERT – Dental Hygiene Applicants, beginning with entering class Fall 2019

The Dental Hygiene Program will require a Math 155 or higher class as a prerequisite to admission into the Dental Hygiene Program - August 2019 

All students must fulfill this requirement and all other Science and non-Science prerequisites at the time of application.*  Contact a Health Science counselor about this change.

*For the applicants Fall 2019 ONLY, this prerequisite may be taken after the application deadline (Spring 2019) and must be completed and the grade reported by the end of the first week of June 2019. 

 

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 October 2, 2017 through February 2, 2018.

The signed Dental Program Application, unofficial transcript and Prerequisite Course Worksheet must be submitted to the Health Sciences Department no later than 5:00 P.M. on February 2, 2018.  Applications postmarked or hand delivered after this date will not be accepted. 

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.  You may submit your application in person to the Health Science office on the 3rd floor of the Race Health Science building (room 4062). Confirmation of the receipt of your application will not be given over the phone.

INCOMPLETE or LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

General Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Have completed and filed an SRJC College Application
  • Requested a Transfer Credit Evaluation - TCE (for any prerequisite classes from any other colleges).  You may request a TCE at any time after you have filed an SRJC College Application – it is recommended that it is completed prior to submitting your 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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, alternate, non-acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program will be emailed to applicant approximately six-eight weeks after the application deadline.  This information will not be given out over the phone. Please 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.  randersen@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 6-8 weeks from the application deadline 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 20 qualified candidates selected in the randomized list will receive notification via email 6-8 weeks from the application deadline 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 due to deficits in their GPA, their prerequisite course work or whose application was incomplete or not submitted on time.

Transcripts - for the Dental Hygiene Application

The Dental Hygiene Program will accept official transcript or unofficial transcripts from schools other than SRJC as well as 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.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to insure the application is complete. All transcripts of ineligible applicants will be destroyed after one year. 

 

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

$8,500

Textbooks – 2 years

$2,000

Scrubs, clinic gown, shoes, masks and gloves

$650

Magnification glasses (light optional $600)

$1,200

Health Requirements for the program

$300

Supplies

$1000

Registration and Malpractice Insurance Fees for 2 years

$4,500

TOTAL

                   $18,150

 

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.  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. (707 527-4451) or (707) 778-3914

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 for the Dental Hygiene Program. The program application must contain all the required documentation and be submitted to the Health Sciences Department by 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.

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 apply to the Dental Hygiene Program? 



A.  No, however the Dental Hygiene Program is a full-time program; there is very little opportunity to take additional classes while enrolled in this program. Students must have their SRJC Associate of Science degree courses completed before they can graduate and sit for their state licensure boards. It is strongly suggested that the Associate Degree courses are completed before beginning the full-time Dental Hygiene program. 

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.  Please refer to the Getting Started: Requirements link for a complete description of the selection process. 

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

A.  A computerized process from the SRJC Institutional Research 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 approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline. Acceptance and status 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 Educational Plan. 



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