DH Wait List Statement and Wait Time


Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program currently admits 22 students one time a year, in June. Cabrillo’s Dental Hygiene program has an Application/Selection Process that allows students to submit an application during a specific filing period, once all prerequisites have been completed. Students who have received written notice of acceptance into our program will be added to our wait list, in order, based on the certified mail postmark date of their application packet. We rigorously control the wait list based exclusively on your application postmark date. Students who maintain their wait list status are guaranteed placement into the program.

The DH Program Office is unable to verify or confirm wait list numbers over the phone, by email or in person. Wait list numbers annually in November. Please visit this link for updated information on the annual wait list posting.


While we can guarantee placement into the program, we cannot guarantee when students will begin the program, given the variables of the wait list. Due to normal life events (moves, jobs, pregnancy, changes in priorities) not all of those on our wait list will actually start our program. This is one of the most difficult variables of the wait list to predict.

We estimate a wait of 1 to 2 years from the postmark date of application for those currently applying to the program. Your wait could be less than this, or more than this, given the many variables involved.