CDHC for Dental Hygienists

CDHC for Dental Hygienists

Program Description

The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program is a six to twelve-month professional development apprenticeship employment program including a 145-hour campus course that empowers dental hygienists to help diverse populations overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from dental health services. They focus on case management, navigation, oral health education and promotion, motivational interviewing and community mapping. Their expertise link patients to available but underutilized dental care. They serve as advocates, facilitators, motivators, and culture brokers with oral health resources. Their overall goal is empowering community members, communities and dental healthcare systems to achieve positive outcomes in overall health status.  The program is open to practicing dental hygienists.

“I have seen firsthand the great need for the role of a dental navigator, such as a CDHC, and truly believe it can improve the quality of life for individuals and communities as a whole.”  –  Jenna Linden, R.D.H., CDHC

Program Info

Course Schedule
  • Session Dates: TBA
  • Times and Location: Online delivery course with one Saturday afternoon per month meeting in person or via Zoom. In person meeting is at KapCC-Kauila Building, room 113.

We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat. This course is for currently practicing Dental Hygienists.

Please attend the following program information session listed below to learn more about program details, expectations and registration instructions. No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

For those on the neighbor islands, please contact Martin Chong, Program Coordinator, for program and registration information at 808-734-9540 or email at

Registration Procedure

Online registration will be provided at the information session. You may also choose to register and pay in person at Kopiko 121 (Non-Credit Registration Office). Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program.

For neighbor island students, please contact Martin Chong, Program Coordinator, at 808-734-9540 or email at

A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course. A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are an option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit score based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed. For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly. Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.


Regular tuition is $2,300.  The Fall 2019 course is discounted through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. All students will only pay $300 to be registered.

Learning Outsomes
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Advocacy and Outreach
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Communication and Cultural Competency
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Interviewing Skills
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of Legal and Ethical Issues in Dental Care
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of Financing and Payment for Dental Care
Degree & National Certification

Students successfully completing this course will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College.

Contact Information

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