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Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program

Fresno City College
Program overview
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Program description

Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program

The Allied Health, Physical Education & Athletics Division is committed to the health and well-being of our students and the community. The nursing and allied health programs educate and train professionals to serve the health care needs of our region. The health, physical education and athletics departments promote fitness and health for all of our students. All departments are focused on providing opportunities for career and academic success for all students.

Enrollment is limited in the dental hygiene program. Minimum qualifications for selection must be met. There are no restrictions as to age, race, gender, or marital status. Minimum prerequisite requirements for application to the program are the following:

  1. Have graduated from high school or have an average score of 45 on the General Educational Development (GED) test.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.70.
  3. Have completed Biology 20, Human Anatomy, and Biology 22, Human Physiology, (or equivalent), or Biology 21A and Biology 21B (or equivalent) each with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Have completed English 1A, Reading and Comprehension; Mathematics 103, Foundations of Algebra, or another more advanced math course; Chemistry 3A, Introduction to General Chemistry; Chemistry 3B, Organic and Biological Chemistry; Biology 31, Microbiology; Food and Nutrition 40, Nutrition; Communication 1 or 2, Introduction to Speaking or Interpersonal Communication; Psychology 2, General Psychology; and Sociology 1A, Introductionto Sociology (or equivalents to these courses) with grades of “C” or better.
  5. Have completed an Academic Summary Form for the Dental Hygiene Program.
  6. Have no physical impairment that would preclude the performance of all dental hygiene duties.
  7. Be in good physical and mental health.

Admission requirements

International Students and Scholars Admission Requirements

To determine whether you are eligible for admission to our Fresno City College International Program, please review the following Admission Requirements, and submit the completed checklist with your other application materials:

  • Student must be 18 years old prior to the start of the semester
  • Affidavit of Support Form
  • Cost of Attendance Acknowledgement Form
  • Financial Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exam Results – Waived if student Graduated from a U.S. High School and/or if English is an official language of home country
    • TOEFL Score Requirement Score of 500 Paper Based Test (PBT) or 61 Internet Based Test (iBT) required from students applying from their home country. If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting a score of 460 PBT or 48 iBT. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
    • IELTS Score Requirement Overall Band Score of 5.5 required from students applying from home country with at least 5.0 in each subsection (Listening, reading, Writing, and Speaking). If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting an Overall Band Score of 5.0. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
  • High School Graduation Requirement Official Graduation Certificate/Diploma, transcripts, and/or equivalent evidence of graduation from a Secondary School or its equivalent are required. If records are not in English, certified translation must be furnished.

For more information about admission requirement, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

First Semester

  • Oral Biology
  • Preclinical Dental Hygiene Techniques
  • Oral Radiography
  • Head & Neck Anatomy

Second Semester

  • General and Oral Pathology
  • Dental Materials
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene I
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
  • Patient Management
  • Pain Management
  • Clinical Seminar Topics I

Second Year

First Semester

  • Periodontology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene II
  • Pharmacology
  • Community Dental Health I
  • Clinical Seminar Topics II

Second Semester

  • Applied Specialties
  • Dental Specialties
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene III
  • Community Dental Health II
  • Practice & Financial Management
  • Nutrition in Dentistry
  • Clinical Seminar Topics III

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International and Out-of-State student fees for spring 2021 : $3480.00 per 12 credit units

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Complete the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination with a score of 75th percentile or better.
  2. Pass clinical licensing examinations.

Continuing studies

Completion of the Dental Hygiene Program leads to an Associate in Science degree. After completing the program and passing the National Board examination, graduates are eligible to apply for and take the California State Board and/or other clinical examinations for licensing Registered Dental Hygienists.

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Fresno City College

FCC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. Students will receive an American education at an affordable cost. Our students enjoy and benefit from individualized staff guidance, academic counseling,...

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Contact info

Fresno City College

1101 E University Avenue
93741 Fresno California
United States of America

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