Dental Hygienist Training Programs in San Diego, CA

Jan 02, 2019

The San Diego area has one public school within five miles of downtown that offers a dental hygiene program. Learn about this program, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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San Diego Dental Hygienist Training Schools

There's just one public school within 70 miles of San Diego, California, that offers a dental hygienist training program. Students willing to travel farther will find several other options about 80 miles away from San Diego. This article discusses the closest school option and includes a table highlighting important school information.

  • Southwestern College is a 2-year school that offers its dental hygienist associate degree program at the Higher Education Center in National City, which is 5.3 miles from downtown San Diego.

School Details

The table below contains important school information, such as school type, enrollment and graduation rate.

Southwestern College
School Type 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,413*
Campus Setting Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,338 in-state; $6,602 out-of-state*
% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open Admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 74%*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 22% (8% transfer-out rate)*

Source: * NCES College Navigator.

Southwestern College

Southwestern College offers an associate's degree program for students interested in going into the field of dental hygiene. The program faculty and administration include five individuals. Students gain hands-on experience while working under the supervision of licensed dental professionals at Southwestern's on-campus dental hygiene clinic.

Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene

Candidates for this program must complete 36 prerequisite units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, communications, reading/composition, psychology and sociology. Those admitted to the program must also have CPR certification, proof of immunizations and recent physical health examination verification.

The 4-semester dental hygiene program requires completion of 53 dental hygiene units, in addition to general education requirements. During the first semester, courses include clinical concepts, infection control, dental radiography, head/neck anatomy, medical/dental emergencies and oral embryology/histology. The second-semester courses introduce patient education strategies, periodontics, dental materials and pain control, in addition to the continuation of clinic work and clinical concepts.

In the summer before the third semester, students complete a summer clinic. The third semester includes courses in clinical concepts, clinic work and periodontics, community dental health, pathology, preventive dentistry and dental pharmacology. The fourth semester wraps up instruction in community dental health and clinic and also provides students a background in special needs patient care, radiographic interpretation and ethics/jurisprudence.

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