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.


Transferability of Program Courses

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


Application Filing Period

  • Application period: December 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020*

Download Application pdf

*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.

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*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • Chemistry 2A*
  • Chemistry 2B*
  • Communications 1
  • English 1A
  • Math 52
  • Microbiology*
  • Kinesiology 4
  • Psychology 1
  • Sociology 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 Packet pdf  for prerequisite and requirement details.


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.


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.