Southwestern College


Prior to applying to the program, students must have completed the prerequisite courses. No coursework in progress is accepted.

Important: If you are not a Southwestern College Student, a Student ID number must be obtained prior to applying and sending in official transcripts. An ID number can be obtained by applying to Southwestern College.  Click here to submit a college application.

The Dental Hygiene Program candidates are chosen to fill 36 available positions per cohort (cohort begins in the Fall of the same in which you apply). 10 alternate candidates will also be selected in the event a candidate (from the 36) declines acceptance. Candidates will be selected on a first come, first serve basis (by date and time complete application is received).

            Applicants will be selected for a position to start the program only after verification of: 
            1. Complete Application is Received by deadline with ALL required documentation. 
            2. Prerequisites/Requirements are met and verified as such by the Dental Hygiene Program 
            This will be adhered to for any available position for the program, including an alternate position. 




Program Start Date

Application Filing Period Opens 

Application Filing Period Closes/Deadline

August 2018

Fall Semester

January 23, 2018,  9:00 a.m.

 February 16, 2018, 4:00 p.m. 


                       Dental Hygiene Admissions Application Must Be Completed 

Course Descriptions for all prerequisite coursework from other colleges only applies to school(s) outside of San Diego County

           Click here for a sample view of a course description

        • to be submitted online with DH application
        • attach/upload as PDF
        • missing course descriptions deems application incomplete

 Tip: When in doubt if this applies to you, include course descriptions regardless of location of your college/university.

Dental Employment Experience Verification Form

        • **UPDATE** This form is no longer required for admission.

Official Transcripts (required by all applicants)

      • please thoroughly read details below on how to properly request transcripts to be sent to SWC
      • date official transcripts are received does not affect date/time application is received.
      • transcripts should not be uploaded to online application
Be prepared to attach/upload required documents separately, each as its own separate PDF file.  Do not combine all required documents into one. 



Transcripts of all completed prerequisite courses must be sent to SWC by the application deadline date  Do not submit transcripts with online application. Do not send transcripts to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Transcripts must be sent to:
Southwestern College
Admissions and Records
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Application will not be considered if transcripts are not on file with the Office of Admissions and Records by the application deadline.   If you applied to the program in 2016 or 2017, transcripts do not need to be re-sent.  However, if a course was taken since that time that pertains to prerequisites for the program then another transcripts showing new course/grade would need to be sent.  No transcripts need to be sent if courses were taken at SWC.

***It is the applicants responsibility to confirm with the Office of Admissions and Records that transcripts have been received and attached to their student record.  A follow-up with Admissions prior to application deadline is highly recommended.***


Applicants will receive notice via email or U.S mail by mid April.  Please do not contact the SWC Dental Hygiene Program for status until after this time.


Applicants who are accepted into the program:

  •  may NOT defer acceptance but must reapply to the program.
  •  will be required to attend a mandatory orientation in May
  • will be required to meet with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) prior to start of fall classes. 
  • will be required to submit verification of up-to-date immunizations, vaccines, TB Test and CPR certification prior to start of fall classes.

**Important**  Applicants should consider preparing accordingly to ensure immunizations are up to date.  More specifically, required Hepatitis B vaccine is done in a three part series approximately two months apart (for each immunization).  It is recommended that applicants visit their medical provider early to start the series if you don't already have it completed.

Details of the aforementioned will be provided at the New DH Student Orientation.

Further inquiries, contact:

Sylvia Banda-Ramirez
Program Technician
Dental Hygiene Program


Last updated: 1/23/2018 8:29:20 AM