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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the program begin?

The program will begin with the admission of the inaugural group of students in the Spring of 2018. After that, students will be admitted to the program depending on the demand.

Q. How long does it take to get the degree?

It will depend on how many courses the student takes per quarter. All required courses can be completed in 14 months if the student takes 2 courses (10 units) each quarter and 24 months if one course is taken each quarter. Courses are not offered in Summer quarter.

Q.Will I need to be on campus?

All courses are offered online, but students may be required to attend a meeting on campus on a Friday or on a weekend day (limited to once a quarter). Students will be notified of the date in advance.

Note: Individuals who currently reside in certain states are not allowed to enroll in online courses out of state.  These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Washington DC. Please contact A&R (650) 949-7325 for more information.

Q. I meet all the requirements. How soon can I be admitted into the program?

Applicants are admitted into the program on first come first served basis. It is possible that there will be a waiting period before the next admission cycle.

Q. How can I get my CSU or IGETC certified?

The applicant will need to contact the school he/she attended to request the certification.


Q. What is a capstone project?

The capstone project is a three-quarter process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice with the guidance of a faculty mentor and culminating in the production of a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the chosen topic.

Some capstone projects may also involve field work. The topic for the capstone project should be related to the field in which the student is interested in pursuing a career after earning the degree and may involve one of the following areas:

  • Dental Hygiene Education
  • Dental Public Health
  • Corporate Educators/Administrators
  • Policy-making
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene/ Basic Science

Q. How much does the program cost?

The course fees are $87 per unit, so the program will cost approximately $4,000, not including additional costs for textbooks or any other course materials.

Q. Is financial aid available?

Yes. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at

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