Dental Hygiene

The Admissions Office at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is participating in the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service, known as DHCAS. Applicants to the Dental Hygiene program will apply online using the DHCAS application. To learn more about the DHCAS application process, visit A supplemental application for LLUSD will also be required.

Dental Hygiene is an undergraduate program in the School of Dentistry, that is largely focused on preventive oral health services and continuing care. The purpose of the program is to develop professionals prepared for the current practice of dental hygiene and future changes in dentistry. The hygienist works in association with the dentist in private–practice offices, industrial organizations, schools, hospitals, local, state or federal public health services, and the armed forces.

We invite you to view the information on the American Dental Education Association's Go Dental Page for more information about a career in dental hygiene.

Admission Requirements

  • Proficiency in verbal and written English
  • 20 hours minimum of observation/shadowing
  • Dental assisting experience is strongly recommended.
  • Three letters of reference: employer or dental professional, pre–professional committee or science professor uploaded with AADSAS application. A spiritual leader reference letter should be submitted along with the LLUSD supplemental application.
  • A formal interview (by invitation only).
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.


  • Humanities–20 quarter or 14 semester units, 3 content areas required from the list below:
    • History/Civilization
    • Art History & Appreciation
    • Music History & Appreciation
    • Performing Arts (4 units max)
    • Literature
    • Foreign Language
    • Philosophy/Ethics/Religion
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II–Two classes with lab
  • Microbiology–One class with lab
  • Chemistry–Introductory Inorganic, Organic & Biochemistry–One year with lab
  • College Algebra–One class
  • Cultural Anthropology–One class
  • Introduction to Psychology–One class
  • Introduction to Sociology–One class
  • Freshman English–One year
  • Speech–One class
  • Physical Education–Two activity classes
  • Personal Health or Nutrition–One class

96 quarter or 64 semester units of accredited college coursework
GPA of 3.0 or higher in science courses is recommended
AP Science prerequisite courses are not accepted
A grade of "C" or higher is required to meet LLUSD requirements
Science courses must be completed within Five (5) years of admission

Transfer Agreements

These DH transfer agreements are from common local and Seventh-day Adventist schools that students choose to attend for their prerequisite coursework. This is NOT a complete list of higher educational institutions from which we accept credits.  We only accept prerequisite courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities.  If your previous college is not listed you may contact us directly at or 909-558-4621.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply online at and fill out the DHCAS application between November 1 and June 1.

Based on the review of the application, transcripts and recommendation letters, applicants may be invited to LLUSD for a personal interview.


Q: Do I have to complete all pre–requisite coursework before I can apply?
A: No. You may apply with coursework in progress, and an applicant may be accepted with a deficiency in one or more of the areas but is expected to eliminate deficits before enrolling in the Dental Hygiene Program.

Q: Can I attend part–time or work while in the program?
A: No. This is a full–time program and working is discouraged.

National Board Exam

Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program, all students are required to pass National and State or Regional practical exams.

Financial Aid

A financial aid advisor and financial aid programs are available, please contact 909–558–4509 or email Website information can be located on the financial aid website.

International Students

Students applying for, or holding F–1 U.S. Student Visas are required by U.S. immigration regulation to secure sufficient funds for their first year’s tuition and fees and provide documentary evidence of sufficient funds for their second year.

To satisfy this immigration requirement, LLUSD requires non–U.S. citizens and non–U.S. permanent residents to pay the first year’s tuition and fees before registration for the first term.  Contact University International Student Affairs: 909-558-4955.

Forms and Additional Information

Estimated Student Expenses

Estimated Student Expenses.

Useful Links

Discipline Accrediting Agency

State Accrediting Agency

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Dental Hygienists, Statistics on salary, job growth, and demand areas.

Information on blood borne infectious diseases and possible work-related risks and injuries.

Education/career paths and national and state employment opportunities.

RDH scope of practice in California.

Esther FordeEsther Forde, MA
Assistant Dean,
Admissions & Student Affairs
Jacob LoveJacob Love
Assistant Director,
Admissions & Student Affairs
Marlise D. PerryMarlise Perry
Assistant Director,
Admissions & Student Affairs

Office of Admissions
11092 Anderson Street Room 5503
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-4621

Disclaimer: The School reserves the right to modify or change admission standards or requirements at any time without prior notice and effective immediately. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and does not create any agreement or understanding or establish any rights or responsibilities whatsoever between LLU School of Dentistry and any student or prospective student.