The Moreno Valley College Dental Hygiene Program is the only community college based dental hygiene program in the Inland Empire and is responsible for educating future registered dental hygienists who will graduate prepared to address the oral health needs of our diverse community.

“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.”

— Debbie Moon, Dental Hygiene Director 

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.

 

Accreditation

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.

 

Program Goals

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.

 

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.

 

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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Contact Us

Dental Hygiene Program: (951) 571-6431
Counseling: (951) 571-6104
Orientation/Information Sessions: (951) 571-6431
Location: Dental Education Center (map)
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