Southwestern College


This is a two-year program of classroom instruction and clinical experience. The program prepares students to perform the education, clinical, and laboratory responsibilities of a dental hygienist. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. 

The following is required in addition to general admission policies for Southwestern College (SWC). See college catalog for general admission policies:

 Minimum Admission Requirements For All SWC Dental Hygiene Program Applicants

  • Must have completed high school or substitute program such as GED.
  • Must meet SWC general college entrance requirements.
  • Must have successfully completed all prerequisite courses (View Info Packet for Details). Prior to applying to the program, students must have completed the prerequisite courses. No coursework in progress is accepted.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.70 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for required science prerequisite courses and meet five year recency.
  • Must submit a completed SWC Dental Hygiene Program Application for Admission and required supporting documentation.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, or gender. Qualified disabled persons who are capable of meeting the academic and functional requirements essential to participation in the program will receive equal consideration. 


1. If you have never been a SWC student, you must complete an application to become a student and obtain a Student I.D. number. Apply online at You will receive a confirmation from Admission and Records (within 2-3 business days) with your Student I.D. number.

 2. Once you have a Student ID number for SWC, you may request all transcripts to be sent from your respective college(s). Transcripts must be official and mailed directly from your respective college(s) to:

Southwestern College
Admissions and Records
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Hand carried transcripts or transcripts issued to students are not acceptable. Do not send transcripts to the Dental Hygiene Program.  Current or former SWC students will only requests transcript(s) from other college(s) attended other than SWC.

Applications will not be considered if transcripts are not on file with the office of
Admissions and Records by the application deadline. 

3. If prerequisite course work is from a college outside of San Diego County, you must include course descriptions with the application (course descriptions can be obtained from your respective school(s) catalog, usually found online).  Be certain to obtain the course description from the appropriate catalog year that your course was taken.  Applicants are required to attach/upload course descriptions to online application in Word or PDF format.

4. Complete/Submit Online Application and Supporting Forms: Applicants are required to attach/upload Supporting Forms to online application in Word or PDF format. 



For assistance, email your questions to:
Sylvia Banda-Ramirez
Program Technician

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