Apply to the Dental Hygiene program

DCA Waiver DCA-20-88 Waiving Wet Laboratory Admission Standard for Dental Hygiene Educational Programs. See Details

08/31/2021: Governor’s Office announcement on the approved Wet Laboratory Waiver for the prerequisite biomedical science courses
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Dental Hygiene Board Admission Standard Waiver Extension – to align with the school year calendar, it extends by four months to December 31, 2021, the prior order that removed an admission standard for dental hygiene educational programs that requires incoming students to have completed college-level biomedical science coursework with a “wet laboratory” component in the subjects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology. 

Admission to the Dental Hygiene program requires a separate application to be submitted. The application period is from December 1 to January 31.
When applying, all of the steps below are required to be completed successfully. Please review and familiarize yourself with the steps.

How to check if Chabot received your transcripts from other colleges

Step 1 - Apply to Chabot College

Apply online for admission to Chabot College.

Step 2 - Complete Pre-requisites

All prerequisites must be completed to apply. 

Prerequisites for Dental Hygiene:

  • BIOS 42: “General Human Anatomy  “
    Note: This course has a pre-requisite of Bios 41 Intro to College Biology
  • BIOS 43 :  “Human Physiology “
    Note: This course has a pre-requisite of Anat 1/Bios 42 and Chemistry 30A
  • BIOS 44:  “Microbiology”
    Note: This course has a pre-requisite of Bios 41 and Chemistry 30A
  • CHEMISTRY 30A:  “Introductory and Applied Chemistry I”
  • CHEMISTRY 30B:  “Introductory and Applied Chemistry II
    • Chabot DH program does not currently accept General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry sequence courses as substitutes for Chem 30A/30B requirements. Please refer to the Equivalency Chart for comparable courses at other local colleges.
  • ENGL 1: “Critical Reading and Composition””
  • SOCIOLOGY 1: “Principles of Sociology”
  • PSYCHOLOGY 1: “General Psychology”
  • COMMUNICATIONS 1 or 10”  “Fundamentals of Speech Communication” or “Interpersonal Communication”
    • If you have attended another community college in the area, please review the Equivalency Chart for comparable courses.

Additional important information regarding Dental Hygiene prerequisites: 

  1. See the Equivalency Chart if you have taken comparable courses from US Regionally accredited colleges/universities other than Chabot College. If your college does not appear, you will need to see a Counselor for assistance.
  2. Transcripts from other countries will need to be evaluated by an independent transcript evaluation service. There is no guarantee these courses will be used for our program.
  3. One semester/quarter term of Anatomy/Physiology is not accepted.
  4. A grade of C” or higher is required for each prerequisite.
  5. Science prerequisites need to be 4-5 semester units with a lab. On-line labs are not acceptable.
  6. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the Fall prior to the year of application. In progress grades are not accepted.
  7. Only lower division undergraduate courses are accepted to meet pre-requisites and GPA requirements.
  8. Combined Anatomy/Physiology courses must be at least 2 semesters.

You may have taken prerequisite courses at other colleges and it can be difficult to tell which courses are equivalent to ours. Therefore, if you are interested in applying to our program, contact a counselor as soon as possible to assure all the prerequisites are met. 

The following references can be used to check if you have completed the prerequites. 

Step 3 - Submit application to the Dental Hygiene program

Application period is from December 1st to January 31st of each year.

Please review or complete all of the following documents carefully.

  1. Find your Student ID (W#), and Zonemail (student email address)
  2. Application Process & Procedures
  3. Fall 2023 Dental Hygiene Program Checklist
  4. Dental Hygiene Program Application Instructions
  5. Point Assignment
  6. Selection Procedures, Notification Timeline, and Policies on Infectious Disease Status and Infection Control
  7. Dental Hygiene Program FAQ

New for Fall 2023 Application:

Official transcripts must be electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records no later than January 15, 2023.  No exceptions.
If you are ordering through Credentials or Parchment, select the information for Chabot College that already exists in the system for the quickest and most accurate delivery.  
For any other service, please have your transcripts sent to

For Colleges/Universities that do not offer the option of electronic transcripts, to send paper transcripts to:

Chabot College
ATTN:  Admissions and Records
25555 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545

The Dental Hygiene program does not maintain a waitlist.
If an applicant is not accepted into the program, the applicant must re-apply for the next application period.