I. Introductory Information
A. A registered dental hygienist is a preventive oral health professional licensed in dental hygiene who provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.
1. English Clearance: ENGL 100 or equivalent with a grade of "Pass" or "C" or higher
2. Mathematics Clearance:
a. Earn a score on the Advanced math Readiness test sufficient for placement in a course above the level of Math 80, or Math 80B
b. Complete Math 80 or Math 80B with a grade of "Pass" or "C" or higher
c. Mathematics clearance may be verified by an equivalent (or higher) Mathematics course taken at another accredited College/University. For other options, contact a counselor.
3. Reading Clearance:
a. Complete the Reading Proficiency Test at a level above Read 54
b. Complete Read 54 with a grade of "Pass" or "C" or higher
c. An Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree earned from an accredited College/University, or for other options contact a counselor.
C. A valid CPR certification, including health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), is required prior to enrolling in Dental Hygiene Program courses and must be kept current. CPR courses approved by the state board are given through the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
D. Physical examinations, immunizations, TB testing and background checks are required prior to patient care and taking the licensure examinations. Health and immunization forms will be issued to those applicants who are accepted into the program. Dental health professionals may be exposed to contagious diseases therefore strict compliance with CDC and OSHA standards are maintained. Policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene Department or can be found on the Dental Hygiene website.
E. Applicants desiring employment in this field are required to have the ability to see small details in the mouth and the ability to communicate verbally. In addition, applicants must have the capacity to comprehend, analyze, evaluate and record in clients' charts, and have the dexterity to use small dental instruments to provide dental hygiene care.
F. Prerequisite course requirements:1. All prerequisite courses (CHEM 100, A&P 200, A&P 201 or A&P 150 and A&P 151, MICRO 200, HO 152) MUST BE COMPLETED OR BE IN PROGRESS NO LATER THAN THE APRIL 1 APPLICATION DEADLINE. Priority will be given to individuals who have completed all prerequisites prior to application.2. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" or better ineach course.
- a. CHEM 100 Introductory Chemistry - 4 units
- Class hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab
- Prerequisite: MATH 40 with grade of "C" or higher or satisfactory score on Basic Math Readiness Test.
- Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that the preceding prerequisite be completed within four years prior to the date of enrollment in CHEM 100.
NOTE: CHEM 100 is an introduction to the basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry and bioichemistry. Transfer students must be sure an equivalent course or combination of courses covers these three basic principles.
b. A&P 200 Human Anatomy - 5 units
Class hours: 3 lecture, 4 lab
Prerequisite: Another course in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology with grades of Credit or "C" or higher.c. A&P 201 Human Physiology - 5 units
Class hours: 3 lecture, 4 lab
Prerequisite: A&P 200 and Chemistry with grades of Credit or "C" or higher or concurrent enrollment in a Chemistry course.****A&P 150 & 151 may be substituted for A&P 200 & 201
d. MICR 200 Introduction to Microbiology and Bacteriology - 5 units
Class hours: 3 lecture, 6 lab
Prerequisite: A previous chemistry course or BIOL 20, ZOOL 20 with grades of Credit or "C" or higher or equivalent of College General Biology Course.
e. HO 152 Nutrition - 3 units
Class hours: 3 lecture
Recommendation: A&P 130, (A&P 200 and A&P 201 for Dental Hygiene applicants) with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher or equivalent.
NOTE: An equivalent nutrition course must include bio-chemistry and therapeutic diet.
3. Applicability of transfer equivalent course work must be verified by Cerritos College. The transfer applicant should contact a Cerritos College Dental Hygiene counselor prior to taking prerequisite courses in order to assure that appropriate equivalent courses are selected.
4. Factors such as elapsed time since a course was completed and grades will be used in determining whether previously completed science course(s) can be accepted towards fulfillment of a prerequisite. Five years is considered maximum elapsed time.5. Graduates of foreign dental and dental hygiene programs will not be given priority. Recency of coursework still applies.6. In an attempt to increase eligibility by repeating a prerequisite course to obtain a higher grade, the Dental Hygiene department will allow any prerequisite course to be repeated a maximum of ONE time, and will accept the higher of the two grades earned.
G. A Medical terminology course is strongly suggested.
III. Admission Procedure and Requirements
A. Cerritos College Admissions1. If not presently enrolled in courses at Cerritos College, apply for admission to the college at the Admissions and Records Office in the Administration Building, or online @www.cerritos.edu. You will be assigned a student number which you will need to make an appointment with a Dental Hygiene counselor or to attend anapplication workshop. Questions, other than those addressing coursework equivalency, should be directed to the Dental Hygiene Program.
B. Preliminary Transcript Evaluation
1. In order to apply to the dental hygiene program, the applicant must see a Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Counselor. The applicant should contact the counseling receptionist desk, 562-860-2451 x2231, to make an appointment or sign up for an application workshop. Questions, other than those regarding coursework equivalency, should be directed to the Dental Hygiene Program.
2. The Preliminary Transcript Evaluation must be completed and signed by a Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Counselor, by the deadline date, verifying the following:
- English, Intermediate Algebra and Reading clearance
- Prerequisite course requirements with a grade of "C" or better in each course.
- General education courses required for the Cerritos College Associate of Arts degree
- To complete this procedure, the student must have official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and documentation of courses in progress.C. Once you have been admitted into the Dental Hygiene program you will need to submit official transcripts to Admissions and Records.
D. Work Experience
For every related work experience listed on the application, a Verification of Dental Employment form must be completed and mailed to the Health Occupations Division Office. Additional forms are available upon request in the Health Occupations Division Office. Letters of recommendation are not considered.
E. Dental Hygiene Application and Supporting Documentation
The applicant is responsible for making sure the Dental Hygiene application, preliminary transcript evaluation, verification of dental employment forms, copy of RDA or RDAEF license (if applicable), all college transcripts and verification of work-in-progress have been received in the Health Occupations Division office by APRIL 1 (of the year of application). All inquiries should be directed to the Health Occupations division office.
Direct to: Cerritos College
Health Occupations Division
Dental Hygiene Department
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
IV. Selection Procedures
A. No application will be considered after the specified deadline date of April 1 (of the year of application). It is the candidate's responsibility to make sure all required information is in the Health Occupations Division office no later than April 1.
B. Points will be given for the following criteria:
- 1. Grade Point Average in prerequisite courses
- 2. Number of units completed up to 60 semester units
- 3. Overall Grade Point Average for all college courses
- 4. Additional science courses with a grade of "B" or above
- 5. Related dental work experience
C. The final selection of students will be based on an objective point system.D. Candidates will be notified of their application status in the month of May.E. There is no yearly waiting list. Candidates not selected must reapply each year and resubmit all application materials.
V. Scholarship, Attendance, Promotion, Graduation
A. Attendance: All students are required to observe the attendance requirements of the college. Due to the nature of the Dental Hygiene program it is expected that students will attend all classes.
B. Scholarship and Promotion: Students are required to maintain a grade of "C" or better in each dental hygiene and dental education course in order to progress in the program. (Courses are designed to prepare the student to successfully complete program competencies: see last section) Grade requirements of the college are to be met for all other courses.
C. Graduation: Petition for graduation will be permitted if the student meets both the College and the Dental Hygiene Program requirements for graduation. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be qualified to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and the California State Board Examinations.** The program has made every reasonable effort to determine that everything stated in the information sheet is accurate. Matters contained herein, are subject to change without notice by the administration of the department for reasons related to student enrollment, level of financial support or for any reason, at the discretion of the Program. The Program further reserves the right to add, amend, or repeal any of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures, consistent with applicable laws.
The philosophy of the Associate Degree Dental Hygiene Program was developed to reflect the philosophy of Cerritos College.
The Dental Hygiene Department believes that the program should provide opportunities for the student to reach her/his greatest potential in the profession of dental hygiene so that she/he may achieve a sense of dignity, value and personal worth in the community and in the world of work regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
The goals of the dental hygiene program are as follows: