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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program Admissions

Mandatory Information Sessions*

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | MSA 005

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Room TBD

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 9:00AM - 11:00AM | Room TBD

* Application workshops will be held starting in November 2017


To sign up for an information session and/or application workshop, click here.


Prospective Students

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

If you are not a current WLAC student, 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.  For a complete list of I-20 deadlines and requirements, click here.

For additional international student information, please call 310-287-7283 or click here.


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.  You may attend the Dental Hygiene Program Information Session whether or not you have started completing your prerequisite courses.

Dental Hygiene Applicants

Once you are ready to apply to the program, you must attend a mandatory Application Workshop for Dental Hygiene to learn more about the application process.  This workshop must be attended within a year of applying to the program.

To sign up for an information session and/or application workshop, click here.



  • You must attend both the Dental Hygiene Information Session and the Application Workshop for Dental Hygiene.
  • The following rubric will be used for the evaluation of the essay you will be writing at the application workshop. The topic will be given on the day of the workshop. You will be assigned one hour to write the essay. Please click on the link: Workshop Essay Rubrics
  • BS in Dental Hygiene program applications are only accepted between January and March for the following Fall term. Attendance at the application workshop 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.

Please check back for updated admissions application. Application information will also be provided at the information session/application workshop.

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
  • In-class Essay Performance during the Application Workshop

Additional Considerations are given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Previous work experience in the dental field
  • Dental Assistant Licenses or Certifications
  • Completion of Biochemistry, Nutrition (Family and Consumer Studies 21), Medical Terminology (Allied Health 33), or Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 211)
  • 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.

Acceptance letters are sent in mid-June.

Accepted students will be required to request a background criminal record screening before the orientation in July.  A physical examination, immunizations 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.