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Bachelor Dental Hygiene Prerequisites & Required Courses



It is highly recommended for the prerequisites listed below to be completed before applying.  One course is allowed to be in progress during the Spring semester prior to the start of the program. Final transcripts from Spring in-progress courses must be submitted by August 1st.  

The prerequisites are as follows:

All IGETC General Education Plan Courses

OR CSU General Education Plan Courses



The course plan must include the following dental hygiene pre-requisite courses:

Class Description
ANATOMY 001 Intro to Human Anatomy
PSYCH 001 General Psycology
BIOCHEMISTRY CHEM 066 - Organic & Biochemistry for Allied Health
OR CHEM 221- Biochemistry for Science Majors
SOC 001 Intro to Sociology
ENGLISH 103  Composition & Critical Thinking
MICRO 020 General Microbiology
MATH 227 Statistics (or equivalent)
PHYSIOL 001 Intro to Human Physiology
CHEM 51 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
OR CHEM 60 - Intro to General Chemistry
ANTHRO 102 Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology
COMM 101 Public Speaking


  • Science prerequisites must be taken within 7 years of applying to the program.
  • Science prerequisites must include a lab component
  • All course work must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or better.
  • All GE coursework must have been completed at a post-secondary regionally accredited institution.
  • Political Science is not required course for dental hygiene program.  However, it is the requirement for CSU transfer and IGETC certification if you are not yet certified. Political Science course is one of the addional points courses for the selection process.
  • Chemistry 066 (Organic and Biochemistry for Allied Health) lists Chemistry 51 (Fundamentals of Chemistry) as a course prerequisite.   If you completed Chemistry 60 or higher any other General Chemistray course, Contact  Dr. Abraha Bahta (Science Division Chair) via email, at, and submit a "Pre-requisite Challenge Petition Form" to consider other chemistry course as a prerequisite for Chemistry 66.

Required Upper Division Courses

Junior Year - Fall

Class Description Units
DEN HY 300 Principles of Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
DEN HY 303 Infection Control in Dentistry 1
DEN HY 306 Anatomy of the Head and Neck 2
DEN HY 311 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene  2
DEN HY 312 Radiology I  2
DEN HY 314 Dental Morphology  2
DEN HY 354 Pathology - General and Oral 3


Junion Year - Winter

Class Description Units
ANTHRO 322 Cultural Perspectives in Health and Healing 3

Junior Year - Spring

Class Description Units
DEN HY 308 Periodontics I 2
DEN HY 327 Local Anesthesia and Sedation Techniques 3
DEN HY 351 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DEN HY 352 Care for Patients with Special Needs 2
DEN HY 355 Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition 3
DEN HY 388 Introductory Seminar in Dental Hygiene 1

Junion Year - Summer

Class Description Units
*BIOLOGY 408 Pharmacology 3
DEN HY 356 Histology and Embryology of Oral Tissues 2

Senior Year - Fall

Class Description Units
DEN HY 304 Dental Health Education and Practicum 2
DEN HY 389 Intermediate Seminar in Dental Hygiene 1
DEN HY 400 Cariology and Occlusion 1
DEN HY 401 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DEN HY 406 Periodontics II 1
DEN HY 415 Dental Material & Expanded Functions 3
*ENGLISH 420 Research Design and Methodology 3

Senior Year - Spring

Class Description Units
DEN HY 305 Community Dental Health and Practicum 3
DEN HY 410 Emergencies in Dental Practice 1
DEN HY 450 Advanced Periodontal Seminar 1
DEN HY 451 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 5
DEN HY 452  Law and Ethics of Dental Hygiene 2
DEN HY 489 Advanced Seminar in Dental Hygiene 1

Total Program Units:  65

(*upper division general education courses)
  • All upper- division major and general education courses must be completed at West Los Angeles College.
  • During Winter and Summer sessions, clinical courses are offered to students to support the technical skill training.