Director's Greeting

The Moreno Valley College Dental Hygiene Program is celebrating our 16th year of educating dental healthcare professionals. We are located on the Moreno Valley College campus in a facility that has state-of-the-art equipment and provides an environment that supports patient-centered preventive treatment.

If you are interested in becoming a registered dental hygienist please attend one of our information sessions to learn more about how Moreno Valley College Dental Hygiene Program can assist you in meeting your goal.

Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene Program: (951) 571-6431
Counseling: (951) 571-6104
Location: Dental Education Center, Moreno Valley College

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Dental Hygiene

General Information

The Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is a two-year program. The program includes the fall and spring semesters, winter intersessions, and one summer session. Upon completion of the 61.5-unit program, program prerequisites, and any additional requirements needed to fulfill the Associate in Science Degree (see the Moreno Valley College Catalog), the graduate will earn an Associate in Science Degree. Students in good standing in the program are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination in April of their second year. Upon graduation and successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, graduates are eligible to take state and/or regional licensing examinations.

Each fall semester, 20 candidates meeting all qualification requirements will be selected for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program. See Selection Process for Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program for more information on this process.

The labor market for dental hygienists is bright and supports all MVC graduates to successfully achieve employment within the Inland Empire. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job growth is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations.

You can also download the Dental Hygiene Information Sheet for more details.


Dental Hygiene Program Pass Rates

Currently, Moreno Valley College dental hygiene graduates are highly successful in passing the National Board Dental Hygiene examination as well as clinical board exams. View the pass rate results of the past few years.pdf

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Health & CPR Requirements

Students selected for the program will be admitted pending submission of a valid CPR certification card (BLS Healthcare Provider Course), medical clearance by a physician or physician assistant for activities associated with the profession, verification of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccination, tetanus, MMR, and TB testing. The CPR card must be kept current throughout the program.

If the CPR card expires prior to completing the program, re-certification is required. This must be a "hands-on course"; online courses do not qualify.

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The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Visit the Commission's website. The next site visit is scheduled for 2026.

A copy of the Dental Hygiene Educational Standards, the Commission's policies and procedures used in the accreditation process, and the policy on complaints/third party comments are available for review on the CODA website PDF.

The Dental Hygiene Program Goals and Competencies were developed to adhere to licensure and accreditation mandates, and is the industry standard.

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The Goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are to:

  1. Maintain compliance with the Committee on Dental Accreditation and the Dental Practice Act of California.
  2. Provide a dental hygiene curriculum that prepares the student to function as a competent practitioner.
  3. Ensure the curriculum incorporates knowledge of the latest in technology and scientific research.
  4. Maintain proficient dental hygiene faculty and staff to ensure a high quality educational program.
  5. Prepare students to successfully complete the National and State Licensing Examinations.
  6. Prepare students to possess behavior that is based on the ethical and moral values as outlined by the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
  7. Provide dental hygiene services at a level that promotes patient satisfaction.

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Program Competencies

Upon completion of the program, the student will be competent in:

  1. Patient Care
    1. Providing and evaluating all aspects of dental hygiene services, including preventive procedures, pain control techniques, periodontal non-surgical therapies, and periodontal maintenance for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and medically compromised patients from diverse populations.
    2. Systematically collecting, assessing, recording assessment findings, diagnosing, treatment planning, implementing and evaluating the general, oral, periodontal, and psychosocial health of diverse populations.
    3. Integrating behavioral, dental, and dental hygiene sciences to develop and evaluate a dental hygiene treatment plan for patients with periodontal class I, II, III, IV, and V based on accurate, current and complete assessment data, and modify treatment plan as needed to provide evidence-based treatment.
    4. Recognizing and providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in the dental hygiene practice.
    5. Utilizing adjunct therapies and new technology when providing dental hygiene therapies.
    6. Critical thinking and incorporating problem solving strategies while providing comprehensive patient care and management of patients.

  2. Professionalism
    1. Adhering to the American Dental Hygienists' Association's Code of Ethical Conduct and applying this to established ethical, legal and regulatory concepts for the provision and/or support of dental hygiene process of care.
    2. Applying self-assessment skills to facilitate life-long learning.
    3. Evaluating and interpreting current scientific literature.
    4. Utilizing current technology to enhance education, patient care, research and professional growth.
    5. Demonstrating his/her involvement in community dental health activities and affiliations with professional organizations.
    6. Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse populations.

  3. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    1. Assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating community based oral health programs, including health promotion and disease prevention activities, for different target populations and in a variety of settings.
    2. Promoting the values of oral health, general health and wellness in individuals and populations identified with risk factors, and developing strategies with other healthcare providers that promote health within these individuals and populations. This includes the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of individuals, groups and health care providers by recognizing the cultural influences impacting the delivery of health services.

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Program Curriculum

The Dental Hygiene Program curriculum consists of 61.5 units and is completed in two years. Choose a year to view a full course schedule.

Year One

Year Two

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Field of Dental Hygiene

A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is a licensed dental professional who is an integral part of a successful dental team. The RDH provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services to patients which can include oral examinations, oral prophylaxis (scaling, root planning, soft tissue curettage and selective polishing), dental radiography, pain control (administering local anesthesia and nitrous-oxide/oxygen sedation), dental sealants, preventive and adjunct therapies, nutritional counseling and oral health education. The Dental Hygiene Program will prepare graduates to work in a variety of settings, such as private dental offices, schools, health centers, government agencies, and private industry.

Those with a baccalaureate degree or higher may also work as an educator in dental hygiene; as an administrator for community dental health programs; or a researcher in a corporate setting or university.

Bachelor and master's degree completion programs are available at colleges and universities - many online.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Statement

Dental health professionals may be exposed to contagious diseases therefore strict compliance with Center of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Written policies and instruction on infection control protocols to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided in courses throughout the curriculum and through documents such as the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experience to ensure a safe educational and work environment. Policies on blood borne and infectious disease are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene Program.

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Requirements for Eligibility

  1. RCCD application on file and eligibility to attend MVC.
  2. High School Verification: Proof of high school or equivalent (GED, high school proficiency examination) per the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  3. Cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 in all work attempted at MVC and a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0, which includes all accredited college units attempted.
  4. Cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 for science prerequisite courses that must include a lab (see * below).
  5. All the following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants may apply with up to 3 prerequisites in-progress; however, if accepted, you must have successfully completed all prerequisites with the required cumulative GPA by the end of the Spring semester of the year of application.
    • Anatomy and Physiology I* - (BIO-50A)
    • Anatomy and Physiology II* - (BIO-50B)
    • Chemistry 2A* - (CHE- 2A)
    • Chemistry 2B* - (CHE-2B)
    • Communications 1 - (COM-1)
    • English 1A - (ENG-1A)
    • Math 52 (or higher)
    • Microbiology* - (BIO-55)
    • Kinesiology 4 - (KIN-4)
    • Psychology 1 - (PSY-1)
    • Sociology 1 - (SOC-1)

Dental hygiene applicants requesting transfer credit evaluation must provide official transcripts with their application. Only general education and prerequisite coursework will be considered and evaluated for transfer credit, and all general education and prerequisite course(s) for the dental hygiene program must have been taken at an appropriately accredited institution. Authority for all final transfer credit decisions is provided by the institutions evaluation department.

For advisement of prior college course work as it pertains to the program requirements, please schedule an appointment to meet with an academic counselor. Appointments can be made by contacting Student Services at (951) 571- 6104.

View the Complete Information Packetpdf for prerequisite and requirement details.

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Additional General Education Requirements

Each student is responsible for taking the needed general education courses, not required for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program, to fulfill the requirements for an Associate in Science Degree from MVC which includes Math 35. It is strongly recommended that General education and Graduation Requirementspdf be met prior to entering the program.

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

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Application Process

Students applying to the Dental Hygiene Program met all requirements at the time of application.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all official high school and college transcripts and other necessary information are included with the Dental Hygiene Program application.

  • Eligibility is open to students meeting the qualification requirements and who have not been enrolled in other dental hygiene programs.
  • Foreign transcripts must have a "Detailed Evaluation". Information can be obtained from the Counseling Office.
  • Students must apply to MVC prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Applications will only be accepted by and at the Dental Hygiene Program. Applications must be mailed to the Dental Hygiene Program or hand delivered to the Dental Hygiene Program Office.
  • Meeting minimum requirements for the program does not guarantee admission into the program.
  • Failure to meet the deadline for in-progress prerequisite courses, showing proof of a valid CPR Certification card (BLS Healthcare Provider Course), verification of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccination, immunizations, TB testing and completed health examination form with clearance permitting unrestricted functional activities will result in forfeiting admission into the program.



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Transferability of Program Courses

Many of prerequiste courses are transferable to and from other institutions and programs. View the Course Equivalency and Transferability Chartpdf to learn more about which prerequisite courses qualify.

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Application Filing Period

The application filing period for the 2022 fall semester is December 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022.

Up to three prerequisite courses can be in progress at the time of application but they must be completed by the end of the Spring semester of the year the application is filed for the application to be considered complete.

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Selection Process

Preference will be given to those students meeting the RCCD and MVC residency requirements (i.e. applicants residing within the District, and having previously attended a RCCD College for one full semester within the last two years preceding the semester in which they are applying to the Dental Hygiene Program).

If a student is not offered a space in the program, a new application will be necessary for the following year. Twenty candidates will be randomly selected to begin the program each fall semester.

The following are the priority given to those candidates meeting the minimum requirements:

First Priority Selection:

Students meeting all GPA* requirements, prerequisites, RCCD residency, and MVC attendance requirements. If there are more than 20 applicants that met these requirements, then a random drawing of 20 applicants will occur to select the 20 students for admission in to the Dental Hygiene Program. An additional 20 applicants will be randomly selected to be on the waiting list for admission for that year only. They will be assigned a waiting list number according to the order they are selected.

Second Priority Selection:

Students meeting all GPA* requirements, prerequisites, RCCD residency, and MVC attendance requirements. This category will be used only if there are not enough applicants to fulfill the needs of the program in the First Priority Selection category. The number of students selected from the second priority selection pool of applicants will depend on the number of applicants needed to fulfill the program and waiting list slots.

Third Priority Selection:

Students meeting all GPA requirements and have up to 3 Prerequisites in progress. This category will be used only if there are not enough applicants to fulfill the needs of the program in the Second Priority Selection category.

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Costs Associated with the Program

Approximate Program Cost
Tuition $46 per unit for California residents (61.5 units) $2,829.00
Health Fees $18 for fall/spring and $15 for winter/summer $45.00
Student Services Fee $15 for fall/spring and $2 for winter $64.00
Parking $50 for fall/spring and $25 for summer $225.00
Books and Video Licenses This will include approximately 20 books and one two-year instructional video license. $1,500.00
Instruments, Supplies and Clinic Gowns These items the student will use throughout the program and will take them when they graduate. $5,634.00
Maginfication Glasses Magnification glasses with a light are required. $1,300.00
Liability Insurance Two-year policy required. $120.00
Medical Clearance and Vaccinations Cost for a physician's visit, blood work, etcetera. This will cost depending on what is needed. $300.00
Total Estimated Program Costs $11,987.00

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Employment Opportunities

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Q. Do you have to have all your prerequisites completed before applying to the program?
A. No. You can have three prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application but these prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring semester of the year you are applying to enter the program.


Q. Do you get more points if you are an RDA or have experience in dentistry?
A. No. We base our selection criteria on random selection so everyone who has met the admission requirements has an equal opportunity to be selected into the Dental Hygiene Program.


Q. I have taken my prerequisites at another college. Will they transfer?
A. The Dental Hygiene staff and faculty are not qualified to answer questions regarding transfer of specific courses. Each person that applies to the program will submit transcripts for an academic evaluation. The Academic Evaluation Specialist will review your transcripts and make these decisions. If you wish to have these answers prior to applying, you may request an Academic Evaluation for the Dental Hygiene Program prerequisites if you are a MVC student.

The following chart was developed to assist students in understanding course equivalencies with other institutions: coming up.


Q. Can I continue to work while in the MVC Dental Hygiene Program?
A. The Dental Hygiene Program has a very rigorous curriculum and students are advised to focus on learning the content and skills needed to successfully complete the program. Finding the time to work is often impossible.


Q. Do you get more points if you have a 4.0 grade point average?
A. Students meeting all the requirements set forth by the program have an equal opportunity and a random drawing of 20 applicants will occur to select the 20 students for admission in to the Dental Hygiene Program.

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