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Health Science Division
Dental Clinic
MSB building First Floor
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 287-4464

Vocational Education Courses




Bachelor Dental Hygiene Admissions

New Application

Application Instruction be available after July 2022.  The attendance of a virtual program information session is required. 

Please check the schedule for the next: 

I letterInformation Session


Application Process for
Prospective Students

Step 1

Submit an online application to West Los Angeles College and Obtain Student I.D. #

If you are not a current WLAC student (i.e. you have not been enrolled in classes within the past two semesters), you must submit an online application to West Los Angeles College.  Visit and click Apply in the upper right-hand corner. If you are not active students, make sure to apply for the current semester. Once logged into your CCCApply account, submit a new application to WLAC.

International students must also submit an I-20 application along with supporting documentation to West. For more information, visit International website or call 310-287-7283.


Step 2

Complete Prerequisites Courses

It is highly recommended that all the prerequisite courses are completed before applying.  More than one in-progress courses at the time of application will reduce the chance of acceptance.

  • ANATOMY 001 - Introduction to Human Anatomy w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • PHYSIOLOGY 001 - Introduction to Human Physiology w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • CHEM 051 OR 060 OR 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • CHEM 066 OR 221- Biochemistry w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • MICRO 020 - General Microbiology w/Lab (4-5 units)
  • COMM 101 - Public Speaking (3 units) - NOT interpersonal communication
  • PSY 001 - General Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 001 - Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
  • ANTHRO 102 - Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • ENGLISH 103 - Critical Thinking (3 units)
  • MATH 227 0R 227-S - Statistics (4 units)

In addition, complete other required general education courses for transfer certification (CSU or IGETC) - meet your college counselor for certification requirements.

All science prerequisite courses must include wet lab component wether it is offered in person or online with take home lab kit or hybrid.  The waiver of the wet laboratory was extended until March 31, 2022.  Future applicants will be required to submit a proof of wet lab experiences during science courses taken after April 1, 2022.


Step 3

WLAC Dental Hygiene Application Form:

Students will fill out the application using the link provided. Please follow the instructions stated on the application form. 



Send your Transcripts to TWO recipients at West LA College

Send transcripts from all the colleges and universities outside the LACCD system to the West Los Angeles College Admission Office.  The official transcripts are needed for counseling office for evaluation of GE certificate.  Follow the instruction of how to submit the transcripts from other colleges and universities is at the Admission and Record Grade Transcript page. 

Official College transcripts must be sent from college to college outside the LACCD district. We cannot accept college transcripts from students.


By mail, use the address below.

West Los Angeles College  
Attn: Admissions and Records Office 
9000 Overland Ave 
Culver City, CA 90230
By email, use the email address at or
INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS: Evaluated foreign transcripts must be submitted via original sealed envelope from the evaluation agency if mailed to the Admissions Office. 


Send transcripts from the other college and universities directly to dental hygiene application committee's email address ( at the time of application submission for the dental hygiene program.  The transcripts sent to the admission office is not accessible by the dental hygiene application review committee.  The official transcripts must be received before the application deadline.

Student Selection and Notification

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 prerequisite courses within 7 years
  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework
  • Writing Assignment
  • Observation and Interview of a Registered Dental Hygienist


Additional Considerations are given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Previous dental field work experience verified by the employer.
  • Dental Assistant Licenses or Certifications
    • Ultrasonic Scaling Certification
    • Pit and Fissure Sealant Certification
    • Coronal Polishing
    • DBC approved 8 hour Infection Control Certification
    • DBC approved Radiographic Safety Certification
    • Registered Dental Assistant License
  • Completion of Non Credit Courses towards Pre-Dental Career Preparation Certificate: Voc Ed 400 - Intro to Medical Terminology and Voc Ed 403 - Law and Ethics in Health Professions
  • The applicants with Special Circumstance (military veteran, first generation college student, foster youth, EOP&S, CALWORKS) are highly encouraged to apply.

Acceptance letters will be sent 60 to 90 days after the application deadline.

Accepted students will be invited to the first dental hygiene program orientation during January for Spring start cohort and during June and July for Fall start cohort.  The accepted student is required to request a background criminal record screening before the orientation. 

The student kit delivery day for Spring Cohort is scheduled at the end of January and the payment for the student kit is due on this day. For Fall Cohort, the student kit delivery day is scheduled at the end of July and the payment for the student kit is due on this day.

A physical examination, verification of immunity, vision test 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.