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Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

AS to BS-DH Program Begins Spring 2018


Program:AS to BS-DH Program
Degree: BS

Program Format: All courses are offered online
Length: Flexible
Start/End: Flexible
Number Accepted: 80
Application Due: Applications for Fall 2018 admission are now accepted until Aug.10.
Prerequisites: See AS to BS-DH program requirements

Approx. Cost of Program: $4000 for CA residents and $9700 for non-residents (excludes additional costs for textbooks)

Application Period 2018-2019

Term Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 Apr 9, 2018 Aug 10, 2018
Winter 2019 Sep 15, 2018 Dec 1, 2018
Spring 2019 Jan 7, 2019 March 15, 2019



We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 admission (Deadline Aug. 10). Students are admitted into the program on a quarterly basis (Fall, Winter, and Spring).

All courses in the program are offered online. Students in the program have the flexibility to choose how many classes (between 1-3) they take each quarter based on their work schedule. Students who start the program in Spring (April) have the option to complete the program in 4 quarters, if they take 2 courses per quarter. With Fall and Winter admission, it can take between 6-8 quarters and 5-8 quarters, respectively.

There are 8 courses total students need to take in the program. Please see the “BS-DH Degree Courses” below for more information about the courses.


Course Schedule 2018-2019





Health Across the          Lifespan


Health Across the Lifespan


Research Methodology for Health Professionals


Health Communication & Cultural Issues


Health Communication & Cultural Issues


Education Theory & Practice


Healthcare Management


Research Methodology for Health Professionals


Research and Capstone Project III


Education Theory & Practice


Research and Capstone Project II


Healthcare Management


Research and Capstone Project I



The program will broaden your educational experiences if you are a licensed dental hygienists (RDH or RDHAP) who has graduated from an accredited two-year community college dental hygiene program.

Our AS to BS-DH program provides an in-depth curriculum, including, but not limited to: developing a capstone project, and developing skills in critical thinking, writing, communication, cultural sensitivity, conducting research, and reporting.

The AS to BS-DH program will expand professional opportunities beyond the private dental office and promote career advancement in management, education, public health and research.

The program will prepare working dental hygienists to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner.

The BS-DH degree will require completion of a minimum of 189 quarter units (125 semester units), including general education course work in alignment with CSU or IGETC pattern general education.


Admission Process 



  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Minimum cumulative college GPA 2.75
  • Licensed in good standing as a Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Completion of CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is stronly recommended and required for graduation. If you are missing few courses, those can be taken concurrenly with the program courses(except for Statistics IF APPLYING FOR WINTER OR SPRING TERM).

We require that you meet with an academic couselor to find out whether you need to take any additional GE courses before you enroll in the program.  In general, students with Associate degree in Dental Hygiene will need to take a few additional GE courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. Usually, students who have completed an AS degree in Dental Hygiene still need to take some Humanities courses and Statistics to complete either the CSU or IGETC pattern of general education. 

There are five counselors who are the most experienced counselors for dental hygiene: Evan Gilstrap, Hilary Bacon, Isaac Escoto, Andrew Lee, Leticia Serna( Counseling appointments are also available via phone.


GE Requirements


Completion of the CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Completion of the Associate Degree GE pattern does not complete the GE requirements for the Bachelor of Sciences degree. Students with AS in Dental Hygiene will need to take a few additional GE courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. In general, students who have completed an AS degree in Dental Hygiene still need to take some Humanities courses and Statistics to complete either the CSU or IGETC pattern of general education. Please refer to Foothill College counseling department website under General Education for more details about CSU or IGETC GE (

General education may be transferred from accredited colleges but must be equivalent to Foothill College courses and transferrable to CSU or UC. We recommend meeting with a counselor from the school you graduated from to see if you have completed all the required general education. All required general education must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before the bachelor’s degree can be granted. We highly recommend that applicants get the CSU or IGETC certification from their school and submit it with their application (not required). 


Required Documents


  • One-page personal statement addressing  the following points:  

    • Discuss the reasons you are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. 
    • Tell us about your short and long-term goals and career plans. 
    • What are your particular interests in health care and dental hygiene?  
    • The bachelor’s degree completion program requires a scholarly capstone project, give two examples of areas that you would be interested in researching, developing, implementing and evaluating for your project. Give insight into why these areas are important to you. 
  • A copy of RDH pocket license
  • Optional: Documentation of completion of CSU or IGETC General education (CSU or IGETC certification which can be issued from the school you attended or DegreeWorks Audit Report).  

 GE Certification Letter (please provide this letter to your school to help facilitate the process of getting the certification)


BS-DH Degree Courses

Upper Division GE Courses

  • IDS 300- Research Methods, Statistics & Critical Thinking for Health Professions (5 units)
  • HLTH 300: Healthcare across the lifespan (5 units)
  • BIO 300 - Credit by exam (4 units)

Core Courses

  • DH 350 A: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course I (5 units)
  • DH 350 B: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course II (5 units)
  • DH 350 C: Dental Hygiene Research and Capstone course III (5 units)
  • DH 352: Health Communication & Multicultural Issues (5 units)
  • DH 354: DH Healthcare Management (5 units)
  • DH 356: Education theory, Practice and Administration (5 units)


  • Statistics is a prerequisite for IDS300.
  • IDS 300 must be taken prior to enrolling in DH350A in Fall.
  • DH 350A, DH 350B, and DH 350C must be taken in sequential order in three consecutive quarters. DH350A will be offered only in Fall quarter.
  • Tentatively, except for the DH350 series, all the other courses will be offered twice a year. The students will be given the course schedule in advance.

Apply to the AS to BS-DH Program

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Questions?We're Here to Help!

Hanna Sohn, RDH, MS - AS to BS-DH Program Coordinator