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Health Science Division Office
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Lisa Kamibayashi, RDH, MSDH
Dental Hygiene Program Director
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Bachelor Degree Completion Pathway Program

Application Info Session Webinar

Dental Hygiene BS degree Completion Info Session

APRIL 16, 2018 | 7:00-08:00 PM
Webinar Info
Meeting Title: Information Session Teleconference
StartTime: 04/16/2018 07:00 PM
EndTime: 04/16/2018 08:00 PM
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Starting Summer 2018

Application Deadline:  May 4th, 2018

The West Los Angeles College Dental Hygiene Program is offering a Bachelor of Science degree completion pathway for Dental Hygiene-Associate Degree graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program. The program is designed for the working professional.

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. The Commissions are specialized accrediting bodies recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree completion pathway will expand into areas of teaching methodology, policy and leadership that prepare the student for alternative opportunities by a broad based general education component, including critical thinking, analysis, writing and research.

Program Length:

The program consists of one to two academic years* and will award the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene upon successful completion of all courses and program requirements. The students in the completion pathway must have graduated with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program and are licensed dental hygienists (RDH). Students will take upper division coursework focused on developing communications and critical thinking skills necessary for the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Successful completion of a capstone project is also required for the degree. The BSDH degree requires completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU General Education Transfer Breadth Curriculum requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

*Courses will be offered on specific semesters (Fall or Spring) or intersession (Summer or Winter).

Program Curriculum:

Students will be completing 40 units Upper Division Units Courses.

Upper Division GE Core Courses: 9 units

  • 3 units- 322 Cultural Anthropology: Summer Intersession
  • 3 units- 408 Pharmacology Summer Intersession
  • 3 units- 420 Research Design and Methodology: Spring Semester


Major Core Courses: 31 units

  • 2 units- 304 Dental Health Education and Practicum: Fall Semester
  • 3 units- 305 Community Dental Health: Spring Semester
  • 3 units- 323 Dental Practice Management and Leadership: Fall Semester
  • 3 units- 357 Biochemistry Nutrition- Spring Semester
  • 2 units- 452 Law and Ethics for Dental Hygiene: Spring Semester
  • 3 units-460 Dental Hygiene Leadership Study and Practice: Fall Semester
  • 1 unit- 450 Advanced Periodontal Seminar : Spring Semester
  • 3 units- 462 Survey of Oral Health Care Systems: Fall Semester
  • 3 units- 461Teaching Methodology for Health professions: Fall Semester
  • 3 units- 463 Health Careers Research and Capstone: Fall Semester
  • 5 units- 421 Dental Hygiene Capstone: Spring Semester


Total upper division units: 40 units

Total program units: 120 units 

(80 units Lower Division Courses plus 40 units Upper Division Courses)

Program Competencies:


Legal & Ethical Principles:

Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:

Infection & Hazardous Waste Management: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.

Health Education Strategies: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for patients and the community.


Patient Care:

Dental Hygiene Process of Care: Dental Hygiene graduates must be competent in assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOS)*

The dental hygiene program will provide opportunities for the student to become competent through an active learning process of organizing, interpreting and synthesizing

information. Educational activities will be provided that enable the learner to develop expertise by integrating fundamental knowledge, scientific principles and applied psychomotor skills. Upon graduation, the dental hygienist will be able to demonstrate:


PLO I. Professionalism

The dental hygiene students must appreciate their role as health professionals at the local, state, and national levels.

Students will demonstrate the necessary knowledge and values in legal regulations and ethical issues for the practice of dental hygiene.


PLO II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The dental hygiene students will demonstrate competency in the performance and delivery of oral health promotion and disease prevention service in public health, private practice and alternative settings. The dental hygiene students will be able to apply principles in assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment. The graduate must also be prepared to influence others to facilitate access to care and services.


PLO-III. Patient Care

The students will demonstrate a thorough foundation in the biomedical, clinical, and behavioral sciences to achieve successful patient treatment outcomes. Students will utilize critical thinking, sound clinical judgment and cultural sensitivity with patients.

*Approved by Dental Hygiene Faculty and Advisory Board 2015

Employment Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38% between 2010-2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care, and the greater use of dental hygienists. The degree completion course will open up job opportunities to dental hygienists in education, research, public health, sales/marketing/business and clinical practice.

Program Costs

Enrollment Fees and Tuition*:

Course fees are $130 per unit ($46 regular course fee, plus $84 upper division course fee). Upper Division Coursework Fee (California Education Code (CEC), 78042(g)(5); CCR, title 5, section 58520 –additional upper division course fee of $84/unit for semester colleges charged on all upper division courses that are part of an approved Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program.

* Classes may require books or additional material.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Pathway requires to fullfill following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Cumulative College GPA 2.75- Transcripts from all colleges-excluding LACCD
  • Licensed Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Completion of CSU General Education Transfer Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) - See California Community College Counselor for guidance, each college has its own requirement.  WLAC college requirement is accessible at the college webpage of Degree and Certificate.
  • Completion of Statistic course (Math 227) and Critical Thinking course (English 103)

Tentative Schedule starting Summer 2018

Summer 2018

  • Biology 408 - Phamacology Section #11276
  • Anthlopology 322 - Cultural Perspectives in Health and Healing  Section #14066

Fall 2018

  • Dental Hygiene 304 - Dental Health Education
  • Dental Hygiene 323 - Dental Practice Management and Leadeship
  • Dental Hygiene 460 - Dental Hygiene Leadership Study and Practice
  • Dental Hygiene 462 - Survey of Oral Healthcare System
  • Dental Hygiene 461 - Teaching Methodology for Health Professions

Winter 2019

  • Dental Hygiene 463 - Health Careers - Research and Practice

Spring 2019

  • English 420 - Reserch Design and Methodology
  • Dental Hygiene 357 - Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Dental Hygiene 452 - Law and Ethics for Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Hygiene 450 - Advanced Periodontal Seminar
  • Dental Hygiene 305 - Community Dental Health
  • Dental Hygiene 421 - Dental Hygiene Capstone

Application Process

Applications may be turned in anytime before the May 4th, 2018 deadline for admission to start classes in the Summer Intersession 2018. Application filing procedures must be followed carefully. Application Form is available from this page.  Download the application packet by clinicking here.

The program information session will be offered via webinar and check the dates with the department. 


Mail or Walk-In your application, with the required supporting documents to:

West Los Angeles College
c/o Dental Hygiene BS Completion Program
MSB 100
9000 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230