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Dental Hygiene ProgramHigher Education Center at National City880 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950 (619) 216-6665 Extension Hygiene Program Information PacketIntroductionThe Dental Hygiene Program provides basic education and entry-level experience, to prepare graduates forlicensure as dental hygienists. Approximately 36 students are accepted and begin each fall semester for a twoyear program. Dental hygiene didactic and clinical courses are conducted at the Higher Education Center atNational City. Classes are held five (5) days per week. The program is full time (see page 7 for semester unitload).General Career DescriptionA dental hygienist is a licensed, preventive oral health professional providing education, clinical, andtherapeutic services to the public in a variety of settings. As the preventive specialist of the dental healthcareteam, the dental hygienist promotes and maintains oral wellness through services such as oral healthassessments, education, removal of soft and hard deposits from teeth, and use of adjunct services such assealants, fluorides, and chemotherapeutic agents.As a healthcare professional, the dental hygienist is responsible for protecting and maintaining theconfidentiality of information pertaining to the health status of individuals.Career OptionsDental hygienists can provide preventive and therapeutic services in a dental office or clinic setting. Theymay also work in public health settings, schools, skilled nursing facilities and mobile clinics. Clinicalpractice requires a minimum of an associate degree education.The dental hygienist may also serve as an administrator/manager for community or state dental healthprograms; may provide sales and education for dental product companies; may be an educator in a dentalhygiene or dental school program; or a researcher in a university or corporate setting. Many of these rolesrequire a baccalaureate or graduate level degree.Admissions & Application ProcessThe dental hygiene education curriculum is a post-secondary scientifically oriented program, which isrigorous and intensive. Because enrollment is limited by facility capacity, special program admissioncriteria and procedures are necessary. Applicants for the Dental Hygiene program must be proficient inseveral subject areas. Prerequisites include courses in Life Sciences, Oral and Written Communication,Psychology, Sociology, Nutrition and Math. All the required prerequisites are mandated by the DentalHygiene Board of California (DHBC) and the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA).1

Southwestern College Dental Hygiene (DH) Program PrerequisitesAll DH prerequisites must be completed by the time of application (January). All the required prerequisites andadmission requirements are mandated by the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) and the Commission onDental Accreditation (CODA).It is the policy of our accrediting institutions to require all prerequisite course work be completed and recencyrequirements met prior to applying for program admission. No “In Progress” coursework can be accepted.Prerequisites BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY4 UNITS(Prerequisite: BIOL 100 & 101 or equivalent) BIOL 261PRINCIPLES OFHUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4 UNITS(Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or 170 or equivalent; BIOL 260 orequivalent) BIOL 265GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4 UNITS(Prerequisite: BIOL 100 & 101, or equivalent; CHEM 100or 170 or equivalent) CHEM 100INTRODUCTION TOGENERAL CHEMISTRY(Prerequisite: MATH 45)orCHEM 170PREPARATION FORGENERAL CHEMISTRY(Prerequisite: MATH 62 or MATH 72) CHEM 102orCHEM 1104 UNITS4 UNITSGENERAL, ORGANIC, ANDBIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 5 UNITSFor each of the 5 science courses Must be at least 4 semester units with an inclass lab component (quarter and semesterunits are not equivalent; 6 quarter units 4 semester units) Must be taken for a letter grade, “C” orbetter. Pass/No Pass and Credit/No Creditgrades are not accepted. Exam scores of any kind will not be acceptedfor substitution. Must meet a seven-year recency requirementat the time of application to the program Together they must have a cumulativeminimum GPA of 2.7Southwestern College limits the number of timesa student can repeat courses for credit and/or toimprove GPAELEMENTARY ORGANIC &BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 4 UNITS(Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or 170 or 200 or equivalent) HLTH 204FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION COMM 103or COMM 104ORAL COMMUNICATIONPUBLIC SPEAKING PSYC 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGYor SOC 110CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMSENGL 115COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING & WRITING ANALYTICALLY MATH 60*(or higher)INTERMEDIATE ALGRBRA I*See additional details on page 3 for satisfying Math prerequisite requirement.2

Additional Details on Satisfying Prerequisites1. Students must demonstrate requisite math proficiency by means of one of the following:a) earn a “C” or better in Math 60 or Math 72 or more advanced course with equivalent content, nosupport courses.b) a transcript indicating an earned associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited and completion of a Math course with equivalent or more advanced content,indicating a grade of “C” or better.For DH Prerequisites taken at another college/university:The Dental Hygiene Program only does an informal evaluation of your transcript if/when you apply tothe program and cannot make any pre-determination via email or phone.DH prerequisites taken at another college/university NOT LISTED on the DH prerequisite equivalencygrid (page 8 of this packet), can be reviewed in advance to confirm that the course will be accepted bythe DH program. Courses listed on the grid do not require a petition, as they have already beendetermined as equivalent.Submit a Petition for Major Substitution for each course along with supporting documentation (coursedescriptions from the catalog year in which the course was taken, or course syllabus and copy oftranscript). A Petition for Major Substitution will only be reviewed after the course has been completed,not before.Petitions should be submitted by the summer prior to applying (or sooner) in case a course is notapproved, allowing the student to take a course during the fall semester.Petition for Substitution of Major Requirement FormGeneral Education and Graduation RequirementsPlease note that general education and Southwestern College graduation and proficiency requirementsneed to be met before completion of the dental hygiene program. It is strongly recommended that youcomplete these requirements along with the prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene Program prior toentering the program. Students must consult with a counselor to assist in developing a StudentEducational Plan (SEP) to ensure requirements are met on schedule.The Dental Hygiene Program counselor is Antoinette Nagai. To schedule an appointment, contact theHigher Education Center in National City at (619) 216-6665 Ext. 4851 or IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO MEET WITH A COUNSELOR TO REVIEW ALLPREREQUISITES AND TO COMPLETE A STUDENT EDUCATION PLAN (SEP),PREFERABLY BY THE EARLY SUMMER, PRIOR TO APPLYING.3

Admissions ProcessA separate application is required for this program and is available online during the application filingperiod. It is important to review the Dental Hygiene Program website for detailed information about filingperiod dates and the application process.The dental hygiene program accepts 36 students who begin the program in the fall (August). To beconsidered a qualified candidate the applicant must:1) Complete all dental hygiene prerequisite coursework. No “In Progress” work is accepted.2) Obtain a SWC student identification number.3) Submit a complete dental hygiene online application with supporting documents, if applicable, priorto the deadline.4) Official transcripts that confirm completion of prerequisites must be received at SWC Admissions bythe application deadline.Applications missing supporting documentation and/or transcripts deems application as incomplete.Selection ProcessDental Hygiene Program candidates are chosen to fill 36 available positions per cohort (cohort begins inthe Fall of the same year in which you apply). 10 alternate candidates will also be selected in the event acandidate (from the 36) declines acceptance.Candidates will be selected by lottery. Each eligible candidate will be assigned a number. Numberswill be selected at random to fill available spots in program.Applicants not accepted as candidate or alternate must re-apply the following year.The program has no waiting list.ALTERNATESCandidates placed on the alternate list are not guaranteed a position in the incoming class. Alternateswho are not offered a permanent position in the class are required to complete a NEW application in thenext application period (January).Applicants will be assigned a number for lottery only after verification of:1. Complete application (without errors) is received by deadline with ALL requireddocumentation.2. Prerequisites/requirements are met and verified as such by the Dental Hygiene ProgramThis will be adhered to for any available position for the program, including an alternateposition.4

Selection Process (continued)The number of candidates accepted each year is subject to change at the discretion of the programdirector. This can be based on but not limited to state and local orders/mandates or student cohortobligations. The number of candidates selected to start the program may be reduced due to the COVID-19pandemic and physical distancing requirements for our clinic setting.Additional RequirementsOnce admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program, students must provide verification of the following:1) Student Education Plan (SEP). Meet with an SWC counselor to develop SEP.2) Current CPR Certification: must be Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. Must includetraining with the AED. Certification course must include hands on (in person) training.3) Physical Health Examination4) Proof of Current Immunizationsa) COVID-19 Vaccinationb) Rubeola and Rubella Immunity Verificationc) Hepatitis B Immunity VerificationImportant: Hepatitis B vaccine is done in a three-part series approximately two months apart (foreach vaccination). It is recommended that applicants visit their medical provider early to startthe series if you don't already have it completed.d) Varicella Immunity Verificatione) Tuberculosis ScreeningMore information on above list and related forms will be disseminated at mandatory new studentorientation for accepted candidates only.Notice of Occupational HazardsApplicants should be aware that occupational hazards for the field of dental hygiene may include and arenot limited to exposure to infectious diseases such as COVID-19, AIDS or hepatitis, hazardous chemicals orsubstances, accidental injury, neuromuscular problems, blood borne pathogens, radiation and allergicreactions to latex, anesthetic agents, or other chemical agents.5

Estimated Program CostThe cost of the two-year Dental Hygiene Program (for students who meet the California residencyrequirement) is currently estimated to range between 11,000 – 12,000. The greatest direct expenseoccurs in the first semester. Instruments, instructional supplies, textbooks, and uniforms are the majorcost items. An estimated cost of 6000 will be needed prior to the start of classes (July 1stapproximately). Living expenses and transportation costs are not included nor is the cost to completeprerequisite/general education courses for the degree. Visit the Dental Hygiene Program website to view amore detailed sheet of estimated cost.Financial AidFinancial Aid may be available to those who qualify. The federal government and the state of Californiaprovides funds in the form of loans, grants, on-campus jobs, and scholarships. Find out more atSWC Financial Aid.Due to the commitment of class and study time, it is recommended that students limit outsideemployment to no more than 20 hours per week.Persons with DisabilitiesLearn more or request assistance in requesting accommodations at Disability Support Services or call(619) 482-6512.Dental Hygiene ProgramCourse SequenceEach course in the Dental Hygiene program builds upon the previous course in the previous semester. Tosuccessfully progress through the two-year program, students are required to pass dental hygiene courses at75% or better. Each Dental Hygiene course is offered only once during the academic year. Please meet witha counselor for correct and current information on policy.6

Southwestern CollegeDental Hygiene ProgramCourse SequenceFirst SemesterCourseCourse TitleUnitsDH 101Introduction to Clinical Concepts2DH 108Introduction to Clinical Principles2.5DH 109Dental Radiography and Interpretation3DH 114Head and Neck Anatomy2DH 123Oral Anatomy and Physiology1DH 124Oral Embryology and Histology2DH 125Oral Health2Total Course Units14.5Second SemesterCourseCourse TitleDH 112Clinic IUnits4DH 113AClinical Concepts1DH 115Periodontics2DH 121Pain Control2DH 203Pathology2DH 206Dental Pharmacology2Total Course Units13Summer SessionCourseCourse TitleUnitsDH 118Transitional Clinic1.5Course TitleUnitsThird SemesterCourseDH 106Special Need Patient Care2DH 113BClinical Concepts1DH 116Dental Materials2DH 122Clinic IIDH 200ACommunity Dental Health I2DH 205Advanced Periodontics2Total Course Units13Fourth SemesterCourseCourse TitleUnitsDH 113CClinical Concepts1DH 200BCommunity Dental Health II2DH 202Clinic III4DH 211Ethics and Jurisprudence2DH 214Seminar2Total Course Units11Students receiving financial aid will be required to take one additional unit in their fourth semester.See academic counselor for recommendations.7

Dental Hygiene Prerequisite Grid/SDSU and Region 10 Community Colleges2021-2022THIS GRID IS AN ADVISEMENT TOOL ONLY, NOT A GUARANTEE OF COURSE EQUIVALENCY FOR PRIOR encyCourseEquivalencyCourseEquivalencyCourse EquivalencySouthwesternBIOL 260 BIOL 261 BIOL 265 CHEM 100 orCHEM 170 CHEM 102 orCHEM 110 COMM 103 orCOMM 104ENGL 115 orENGL 115H orADN 140HLTH 204PSYC 101SOC 101 orSOC 110MATH 60 or MATH 72 orsee math completionoptions below.SDSUBIOL 212BIOL 261BIOL 211 &BIOL 211LCHEM 100CHEM 102COMM 103ENG 100 orRWS 100No CoursePSY 101SOC 101 orSOC 102MATH 140 or see mathcompletion optionsbelow.*GCCCDBIO 140***BIO 141 & BIO141L***BIO 152CHEM 115 orCHEM 120CHEM 102 orCHEM 116COMM 122ENGL 120NUTR 155PSY 120SOC 120 orSOC 130MATH 103 or MATH 108or MATH 110 or seemath completion optionsbelow.Imperial ValleyBIOL 200 &BIOL 202 orBIOL 204BIOL 200 &BIOL 202 orBIOL 206BIOL 220CHEM 100CHEM 160COMM 100ENGL 110HE 106PSY 101SOC 101 orSOC 102MATH 091 or MATH 098or see math completionoptions below.MiraCostaBIO 210/210HBIO 220BIO 230CHEM115/115HCHEM 112 orCHEM 116COMM 101ENGL100/100HNUTR100/100HPSY 101/101HSOC 101/101Hor SOC 102MATH 64 or see mathcompletion optionsbelow.PalomarBIOL 210BIOL 211BIOL 212CHEM 100CHEM 104SPCH 100ENG 100FCS/HE 165PSYC 100SOC 100 orSOC 110MATH 56 or MATH 60 orsee math completionoptions below.**SDCCDBIOL 230BIOL 235BIOL 205CHEM 100 &CHEM 100L orCHEM 152 &CHEM 152LCHEM 130 &CHEM 130LCOMS 103ENGL 101 orENGL 105NUTR 150PSYC 101SOCO 101 orSOCO 110MATH 92 or MATH 96 orsee math completionoptions below.Math Completion Options:Option 1: College math courses with Intermediate Algebra prerequisite. (EXCEPT: SWC Math 100, 110, 115 or any equivalent courses) SWC Math 100: Mathematics for General Education, Math 110: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I, Math 115: Statway IIOption 2: College statistics courses with Intermediate Algebra prerequisite. (For example, SWC PSYC/SOC 270, Math 119 or any equivalent courses)SWC PSYC/SOC 270: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Math 119: Elementary Statistics*GCCCD: Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District includes Cuyamaca and Grossmont. **SDCCD: San Diego Community College District includes City College, Mesa College, and MiramarCollege. *** Southwestern College will accept Grossmont College’s BIO 144 & 145 to satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology requirement; both courses must be completed to satisfy the requirement. All sciencecourses used to substitute science pre-requisites must include a laboratory component. All science courses need 2.7 GPA, minimum of 4 units each, “C” grade or better and five-year recency.Updated by Martina Peinado, Articulation Officer, 2021-2022: Rev. 12.06.2021 (mp)8

Dental Hygiene Program Course Sequence Each course in the Dental Hygiene program builds upon the previous course in the previous semester. To successfully progress through the two-year program, students are required to pass dental hygiene courses at 75% or better. Each Dental Hygiene course is offered only once during the academic year.

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