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Dental Hygiene

Department Overview
Pierce College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH). The need for licensed Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) continues to grow within Washington state, nationwide and globally. A RDH is dedicated to the prevention and non-surgical treatment of oral diseases. Licensed RDH's, with a bachelor's degree, may work in a variety of practice settings including clinical, education, public health, research, sales, advocacy, etc. in both private and public sectors.

The profession attracts individuals interested in a licensed oral health profession that provides direct services to patients. Dental hygienists become eligible for licensure through successfully graduating from an accredited dental hygiene program and passing all licensing examinations. Pierce College’s Dental Hygiene program enables students to take both written and practical examinations for licensure in this jurisdiction and in other jurisdictions within the United States (U.S.).

Acceptance into Pierce’s program occurs once a year in summer quarter. The application deadline occurs in December each year preceding the summer quarter entrance. Pierce accepts 20 students each year at the Fort Steilacoom campus and we do not have a waitlist. Applicants to the program must not only meet the general entrance requirements of Pierce College, but all prerequisite dental hygiene program requirements to be eligible for acceptance consideration. We refer you to the department website for the exact application deadline and the current dental hygiene program eligibility requirements http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/denthyg/

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Unique Program Text
This course open only to students who have been admitted into the program. For program and application information, contact Dental Hygiene Advising at (253) 964-6796 or via email at: denthyg@pierce.ctc.edu

Course Listing

Course Listings for Dental Hygiene
DHYG 271 - HEALTHCARE FOUNDATIONSGeneral Electives
DHYG 272 - DENTAL IMAGING IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 273 - ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND CARIOLOGY IGeneral Electives
DHYG 274 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES I: DENTAL ANATOMYGeneral Electives
DHYG 275 - GENERAL PATHOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 276 - PHARMACOLOGY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 277 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND DENTAL MATERIALS IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 282 - DENTAL IMAGING IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 283 - ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND CARIOLOGY IIGeneral Electives
DHYG 284 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES II: HEAD AND NECK ANATOMYGeneral Electives
DHYG 286 - PHARMACOLOGY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 287 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND DENTAL MATERIALS IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 300 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY IGeneral Electives
DHYG 301 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IGeneral Electives
DHYG 305 - GENERAL PATHOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 306 - PHARMACOLOGY IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 310 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & SCIENCE IIGeneral Electives
DHYG 311 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 314 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES II: EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGYGeneral Electives
DHYG 315 - ORAL PATHOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 316 - PHARMACOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 317 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 318 - COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL PRACTICUMGeneral Electives
DHYG 320 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY IIIGeneral Electives
DHYG 321 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IIIGeneral Electives
DHYG 325 - INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 326 - PAIN MANAGEMENT I: LOCAL ANESTHESIAGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 327 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIGeneral Electives
DHYG 328 - EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES: PATIENT CENTERED CAREGeneral Electives
DHYG 331 - DENTAL HYGIENE TEACHING PRACTICUMGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 400 - DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND NUTRITIONGeneral Electives
DHYG 401 - DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICEGeneral Electives
DHYG 405 - INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 406 - PAIN MANAGEMENT II: NITROUS OXIDE SEDATIONGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 407 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 409 - ETHICS & CRITICAL REASONINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 410 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT IGeneral Electives
DHYG 411 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IGeneral Electives
DHYG 415 - ADVANCED PERIODONTOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 416 - PAIN MANAGEMENT III: ADJUNCTIVE TECHNIQUESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 417 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 418 - SERVICE LEARNING & SPECIAL POPULATIONSGeneral Electives
DHYG 420 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT IIGeneral Electives
DHYG 421 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IIGeneral Electives
DHYG 427 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 428 - RESEARCH METHODOLOGIESGeneral Electives
DHYG 430 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT IIIGeneral Electives
DHYG 431 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IIIGeneral Electives
DHYG 437 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 438 - COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH PRACTICUMGeneral Electives
DHYG 439 - SENIOR SEMINAR CAPSTONEGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 441 - EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 451 - EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 471 - RESEARCH DESIGN & METHODSGeneral Electives
DHYG 472 - SERVICE LEARNING: HEALTHCARE TEAMS AND COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH PRACTICUMGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 473 - COURSE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PRACTICUMGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 474 - SENIOR CAPSTONE, CRITICAL REASONING AND ETHICSGeneral Electives