Dental Hygiene FAQs
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Additional Contact Information

If you have questions regarding course requirements, you may contact:

Q: How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?

A: The Dental Hygiene Program includes two years of dental hygiene coursework, with two short summer sessions. Additionally, there are also general education requirements and prerequisites prior to being accepted to the program. Please refer to the curriculum sheet for an outline of the required courses.

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Q: What degree will I receive after completing the Dental Hygiene Program?

A: You will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

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Q: How do I know if Foothill will accept my course credits from another school?

A: Course credits from any accredited institution of higher learning are transferable if a grade of "C" or higher is attained. To determine if there is a match with the required courses for the Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, the student should make an appointment with a counselor for advising. Acceptance of some courses may involve a petition process. See the counseling link in the Additional Contact Information at the top right of this page.

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Q: Is my college coursework from 10 years ago still acceptable?

A: Yes, this coursework is accepted by Foothill, however it is strongly recommended science courses for Dental Hygiene be taken within six years of admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.

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Q: How do I apply for the program?

A: Please see Application.

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Q: Can I attend part-time?

A: No, the Dental Hygiene portion of the A.S. Degree is a full-time program of study for two years.

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Q: How many hours per day is the program?

A: While the hours each day may vary, generally the courses run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are some evening & online courses in the program.

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Q: What does the program cost?

A: Enrollment Fees (subject to change):
For the most current fees, please see:

Financial Aid Services are available at Foothill College at (650) 949-7245 or


The estimated expenses to be incurred during the two year dental hygiene program is approximately $10,000, which includes books, uniforms, and instrument kits. This information is provided so you can plan your budget during the two-year program.

The instrument kit is a required purchase for all students. No substitutions are allowed.

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