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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

Webinar is scheduled via Zoom meeting. 

Topic: DH Degree Completion Program Information Session

Time: Nov 6, 2018 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Started Summer 2018

Applications are accepted anytime, submit your application now!


BS Degree Completion Program Brochure (PDF File)

The West Los Angeles College Dental Hygiene Program is offering a Bachelor of Science degree completion pathway for Dental Hygiene-Associate Degree graduates 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:

Lower Division GE requirements: 80 units

  • 40 units GE Transfer certificate (CSU or IGETC)
  • 40 units from Dental Hygiene courses from AS degree

Upper Division GE Core Courses: 9 units

  • Anthlo 322 Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • Bio 408 Pharmacology (3 units)*
  • English 420 Research Design and Methodology (3 units)

Major Core Courses: 31 units

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

Total upper division units: 40 units

Total program units: 120 units 

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

* These courses were approved credit by exam courses.


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.

BS Degree completion program tutition cost will be 40 units x $130 = $5,200.

* 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)

Class Schedule Offerings

Summer 2018 (Starts on June 11)

  • Biology 408 - Phamacology (3)*
  • Anthlopology 322 - Cultural Perspectives in Health and Healing (3)

Fall 2018 (Starts on August 27)

  • Dental Hygiene 304 - Dental Health Education (2)
  • Dental Hygiene 323 - Dental Practice Management and Leadeship (3)
  • Dental Hygiene 460 - Dental Hygiene Leadership Study and Practice (3)
  • Dental Hygiene 462 - Survey of Oral Healthcare System (3)
  • Dental Hygiene 461 - Teaching Methodology for Health Professions (3)

Winter 2019 (Starts on January 2)

  • Dental Hygiene 463 - Health Careers - Research and Practice (3)

Spring 2019 (Starts on February 4)

  • English 420 - Research Design and Methodology (3)
  • Dental Hygiene 357 - Biochemistry and Nutrition (3)*
  • Dental Hygiene 452 - Law and Ethics for Dental Hygiene (2)*
  • Dental Hygiene 450 - Advanced Periodontal Seminar (1)
  • Dental Hygiene 305 - Community Dental Health (3)
  • Dental Hygiene 421 - Dental Hygiene Capstone (5)

Application Process

Applications may be turned in anytime.

Application filing procedures must be followed carefully. Application Form is available from this page.  Download the application packet by clicking 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