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Published on January 17, 2024 by
COMMUNITY COLLEGES — Inside California Education Episode 506: Community College Bachelor’s Degrees

Students enrolled in one of the most respected dental hygiene programs in the country at West Los Angeles College can earn a bachelor’s degree and be prepared to enter the workforce.

TV Series: Inside California Education Community Colleges
Published Date: 01/17/2024
Season: 5
Episode: 506

Careers in Dental Hygiene

Did you know that there is a nationwide shortage of hygienists? According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of dentists are looking to fill dental hygienist positions. West Los Angeles College offers one of the most respected dental hygiene programs in the country.

Students at West Los Angeles College can enroll in the dental hygiene program where they’ll earn a bachelor’s degree and be prepared to enter the workforce – all from a community college.

Students get hands on experience to become a hygienist at a state-of-the art training lab located on one of the nine campuses located within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). The program launched in 1971. In 2017, leaders successfully lobbied the state to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.

Dr. Carmen Dones, Academic Dean, and a former graduate of the program, says she sees students having lifelong opportunities through the program. “It’s going to change everything for them – on a financial level, on an educational level – just in so many ways.”

“Imagine receiving a four-year baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene that will cost you just over a total of just over $10,000 and earning an entry level salary of about $70,000 – that’s a wonderful return on investment that we want to make sure our public knows about,” says LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. He says he’s eager to expand the number of available slots in LACCD and statewide so more students can take advantage of the opportunity at their local community college.


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