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ATI - TEAS test score is required for the admission for Dental Hygiene class of 2021. Click here for more ATI information. 




Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program Admissions

Information Sessions*

Class of 2021 Application Packet Information will be ready after July 2018. 

General information session will be held Via Webinar and Teleconference for students who need guidance for registering Summer and Fall 2018 courses.

Prospective Students

Class of 2020 Application Process Update as of 12/11/17 


>>STEP 1: Submit an online application to West Los Angeles College

If you are not a current WLAC student (or who did not take classes last two semesters), you must submit an online application to the college. Click here to begin your WLAC application.

International students must also submit an I-20 application along with supporting documentation to West. View a complete list of I-20 deadlines and requirements.

Find additional international student information here or call 310-287-7283.


>>STEP 2: Attend a Mandatory Dental Hygiene Program Information Session 

The Dental Hygiene Program Information Session provides information about the Dental Hygiene Profession, the WLAC Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, the application process, discussion with faculty and current students, and financial information, etc.  The Dental Hygiene Program Information Session is open to all students who are interested in dental hygiene career without completing any prerequisites.  


>>STEP 3: Complete Prerequisites Courses

It is highly recommended that all the prerequisite courses are completed before applying.  One course is allowed to be in progress during the Spring semester prior to the start of the program.  

Please refer to the list of prerequisites courses here.


Dental Hygiene Applicants

>>STEP 4: Print out WLAC Dental Hygiene Application Forms

Please print out as single sided pages.  Do not make double sided copies.  Read the instruction in the application packet.  The application packet will be updated annually.  Use the current accepting class application for the application.  

ATI TEAS test Information

  • All applicants must send the score of ATI TEAS test.  TEAS test score will be used part of the selection process.  This test must be taken within a year of applying to the program.

  • We encourege to take TEAS test outside the West Los Angeles College due to limited dates availablility at WLAC college.

  • For 2018 application year, we accept TEAS test for Allied Health or Nursing.

  • The score can be requested to sent to West Los Angeles College Dental Hygiene Program or include a copy of the score (transcript).

  • TEAS test can be taken at PSI testing center throughout California with a cost. Download information on taking the TEAS at a testing center.

  • Nest TEAS testing will be offered through WESTSIDE EXTENSION. Saturday February 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in taking the exam, regiser at least two days prior the testing date to save the seat.


BS in Dental Hygiene program applications are only accepted between December through March for the following Fall term. Attendance at the information session (within one year)  is required prior to submitting an application packet.

All materials must be submitted as a complete packet by mail or by hand-delivery.  Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed. Completion of the admissions packet does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Student Selection and Notifcation

Each year, 42 students are selected from a large number of qualified applicants based on the selection criteria listed below.  These criteria have been approved by the West Los Angeles College Academic Senate and are consistent with State regulations:

  • A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable lower division coursework
  • An overall minimum 2.5 GPA for all courses taken
  • An overall minimum 3.0 GPA in science courses
  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework
  • ATI TEAS Asessment Test: (

Additional Considerations are given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Previous work experience in the dental field
  • Dental Assistant Licenses or Certifications
  • Completion of the following courses:
    • Nutrition (Family and Consumer Studies 21)
    • Medical Terminology (Allied Health 33)
    • Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 211)
    • Physics
    • Political Science
  • Special Circumstance (military veteran, first generation college student, foster youth, EOP&S, CALWORKS)

Please see application packet for detailed admission requirements, including pre-requisite coursework.  Go to prerequisite list.

Acceptance letters are sent by end of May.

Accepted students will be invited to the first dental hygiene program orienation end of June. The acceptecd student is required to request a background criminal record screening before the orientation.  

The student kit delivery day is scheduled at the end of July and the payment for the student kit is due on this day.

A physical examination, verification of immunity, vision test and a drug testing must be completed prior to the start of the program. Student health services can provide most of these tests at reduced student rates.