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Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)

Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2018 Program!

For more information, please contact Andrea Blanco at 310-287-4266 or email at

Please remember that in order to apply to the RDHAP Program, the applicant MUST be a currently licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of California.

RDHAP Program Overview

West Los Angeles College's  150-hour RDHAP program is the first and most widely-recognized program of its kind in California.

Approved by the Dental Board of California and the Committee of Dental Auxiliaries at its inception in 2002, and now by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. This program prepares registered dental hygienists to become licensed to operate a private practice providing dental hygiene services in homes, schools, residential facilities, and underserved areas.

The California State RDHAP written licensing exam is offered to participants upon completion of the program, and meeting all other criteria set forth by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Since the RDHAP program's inception at West Los Angeles College, 100% of our program participants have passed the written licensing exam.
To learn more about the RDHAP program for dental hygienist professionals, consider attending our RDHAP Symposiums.

RDHAP Licensing Requirements

To be eligible for licensing, students need:

  1. A passing grade on the California RDHAP written licensing exam
  2. A Bachelor Degree or an Associate of Science degree requiring a minimum 120 semester college units from an accredited institution 
  3. Verification of a minimum of 2000 hours of employment in clinical practice within the past 36 months. Click here for form. 
  4. Have an active California Registered Dental Hygiene License 
  5. Have a current CPR/BLS card for the Healthcare Provider (Allied Health 21).

Program participants must furnish items 2, 3, and 4 prior to admission to the program.
 Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be received by August 6, 2018 for coursework beginning in August 2018.

RDHAP Program Cost

The cost of the RDHAP program is $5,000, which includes all materials and supplies required to complete the course.  Payment may be made by cashier's check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard. A $500 refundable deposit is due with application to the RDHAP Program. The remaining tuition is paid in three installments of $1,500.00 each (se payment schedule for specific dates).

RDHAP Schedules

The RDHAP Program includes:

  • RDHAP Business Plan Workshop - 1 day event (July)
  • 4 weekends (Friday & Saturday) of seminar-style continuing education on WLAC campus
  • 100 hours of distance learning education
  • 50 hours of Classroom instruction

RDHAP Program 2018 Classroom Meetings:

Location: MSA Building, Room 103 

  • AUGUST            17 & 18, 2018
  • SEPTEMBER    14 & 15, 2018
  • OCTOBER         12 & 13, 2018
  • NOVEMBER     16 & 17, 2018

RDHAP Topics

The RDHAP program covers topics including the following:

  • Business Plan Development
    • Legal Issues facing the RDHAP
    • How to Develop Contracts with Institutions
    • How to Operate and Administer Your Business including Insurance Billing and Processing

  • Working with Medically Compromised Individuals
  • Portable Dental Equipment
  • Infection Control in Alternative Environments