Last updated on September 27, 2023.

University of The Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
18 months
Application Deadline
August 15, 2024
Program Start
January 8, 2025

Program Contact

Nel Laxamana Dental Hygiene Admissions Coordinator

University of the Pacific
155 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


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University of the Pacific’s Dental Hygiene program provides an accelerated way for students to enter the field of dental hygiene and earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition to clinical practice, the baccalaureate degree allows graduates to pursue positions in teaching, research, public health, and other areas of hygiene practice, as well as pursue entry into advanced degree programs. Students learn to provide preventive clinical care for patients with emphasis on recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral disease.

The program is connected to the University’s San Francisco-based dental clinics and programs and offers enhanced intraprofessional learning opportunities. Dental Hygiene students learn alongside students in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Doctor of Dental Surgery, International Dental Studies and residency programs, which offer a large base of patients who utilize the school’s clinics in San Francisco and Union City.

The professional portion of the program is four consecutive semesters of highly structured upper-division coursework that includes both didactic and clinical experience. This portion of the program is presented at the
San Francisco campus. Transfer Dental Hygiene students who matriculate into the program will graduate after 18 months.


Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method In-Person
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 20
Program Length 18 months
Application Deadline August 15, 2024
Program Start Date January 8, 2025
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Accepts International Students Yes
Supports Student Visa Yes
Program Website

Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

Other Standardized Tests

No standardized test is required for this program.

Prerequisite Instructions

All prerequisites must be equivalent or similar to Pacific’s required courses. Pacific currently has identified equivalencies with many other institutions. To view the articulation agreements we have with other institutions, please use our online database of articulated courses (ROAR) at
Transfer applicants who attended universities outside of the United States must submit an accepted evaluation of their academic records. Coursework in progress at the time of application is acceptable. If accepted, all pre-requisites must be completed prior to the January start date of the dental hygiene program. 


COURSES                                                                                                                SEMESTER

CHEM 25 General Chemistry w/laboratory (5 Units) *                                                   1

* The important general principles, theories and concepts of chemistry are studied, including fundamentals of chemistry and equilibrium.                  

CHEM 27 General Chemistry w/laboratory (5 Units) *                                                   1

* More important general principles, theories, and concepts of chemistry are studied including  organic chemistry and biochemistry.

BIOL 145 Microbiology w/laboratory (5 Units)                                                              1

BIOL 170 Anatomy w/laboratory (5 Units)                                                                     1

BIOL 180 Physiology w/laboratory (5 Units)                                                                  1

BIOL 61 Principles of Biology w/laboratory (5 Units) *                                                  1

* This course is a lecture and laboratory introduction to human cellular and molecular biology, cellular energetics, genetics, and evolution.

MATH 35 or 37 Introduction to Statistics                                                                       1

PSYCH 31 Introduction to Psychology                                                                           1

SOC 31 Introduction to Sociology                                                                                 1

ENGL 25 Writing Composition                                                                                       1

COMM 27 Public Speaking                                                                                            1

ONE COURSE GE: World Perspectives/Ethics *                                                               1

ONE COURSE GE: Artistic Process/Creations *                                                               1

For applicants with a baccalaureate degree, the GE course requirements are waived.

For applicants with international college degrees or credits, please review our International Transfer Credit Internation Transfer Credit Instructions [EH1]  to learn more about course articulations before applying. 



Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Letter of Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation are required and requested from a professional in the dental field, professor, or manager/supervisor.

Other Requirement Instructions

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is competitive and based on merit. Students may apply either as a freshman student, doing prerequisite coursework at Pacific, or as a transfer student, completing prerequisites at another institution. After review of the completed application, the Office of Admissions will invite qualified candidates to participate in interviews on campus. In addition to a personal interview, applicants are invited to take part in orientation and financial aid seminars, meet informally with current students, and tour the campus. Admission will be based on the combination of application information and interview.

GPA: Special emphasis is placed on coursework selected, the grades achieved in those courses, and the cumulative grade point average. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. 

Personal Statement: A personal statement will be required when submitting the application.

Extracurricular Activities: Other factors considered (but not required) in selecting the class include community service and involvement and volunteer activities.

Additional Information

Job Shadowing: Job shadowing of a registered dental hygienist for (20 hours) is expected so that the applicant is familiar with the role of the practicing dental hygienist. Please use the form [linked here] to log your hours and collect the contact information and physical signature from the Hygienist you are shadowing. Documents will be requested through your DHCAS application under our program requirements.