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Dental Clinic
MSB building First Floor
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 287-4464

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Bachelor Dental Hygiene Admissions

Class of 2022 application is closed

The new application process starts in November 2020.  Then application accepts after 1/2/2021 till 3/5/2021.

Application Process for Prospective Students

Step 1

Submit an online application to West Los Angeles College and Obtain Student I.D. #

If you are not a current WLAC student (i.e. you have not been enrolled in classes within the past two semesters), you must submit an online application to West Los Angeles College.  Visit www.wlac.edu and click Apply in the upper right-hand corner. If you are not active students, make sure to apply for the current semester. Once logged into your CCCApply account, submit a new application to WLAC.

International students must also submit an I-20 application along with supporting documentation to West. For more information, visit http://international.wlac.edu/ or call 310-287-7283.

 

Step 2

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. 

  • ANATOMY 001 - Introduction to Human Anatomy w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • PHYSIOLOGY 001 - Introduction to Human Physiology w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • CHEM 051 OR 060 OR 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • CHEM 066 OR 221- Biochemistry w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • MICRO 020 - General Microbiology w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • COMM 101 - Public Speaking (3 units) - NOT interpersonal communication
  • PSY 001 - General Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 001 - Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
  • ANTHRO 102 - Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • ENGLISH 103 - Critical Thinking (3 units)
  • MATH 227 0R 227-S - Statistics (4 units)

In addition, complete other required general education courses for transfer certification (CSU or IGETC) - meet your college counselor for certification requriements.

Step 3

Print out WLAC Dental Hygiene Application Form

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.  The application form will be available by November each year.


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 prerequisite courses
  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework

Additional Considerations are given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Previous work experience verified by the employer.
  • Dental Assistant Licenses or Certifications
    • Registered Dental Assistant License
    • Radiographic Safety Certification
    • DBC approved 8 hour Infection Control Certification
    • Coronal Polishing
    • Pit and Fissure Sealant Certification
  • Completion of Non Credit Courses towards Pre-Dental Career Preparation Certificate: Voc Ed 400 - Intro to Medical Terminology and Voc Ed 403 - Law and Ethics in Health Professions 
  • The applicants with Special Circumstance (military veteran, first generation college student, foster youth, EOP&S, CALWORKS) are highly encouraged to apply. 

Please see application packet for detailed admission requirements, including pre-requisite coursework.

Acceptance letters are sent by end of May.

Accepted students will be invited to the first dental hygiene program orienation end of June. The accepted 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.