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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 FOUNDATIONS
DHYG 272 - DENTAL IMAGING IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 273 - ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND CARIOLOGY I
DHYG 274 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES I: DENTAL ANATOMY
DHYG 276 - PHARMACOLOGY IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 277 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND DENTAL MATERIALS IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 282 - DENTAL IMAGING IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 283 - ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND CARIOLOGY II
DHYG 284 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES II: HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
DHYG 287 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND DENTAL MATERIALS IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 300 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY I
DHYG 301 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE I
DHYG 305 - GENERAL PATHOLOGYPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 306 - PHARMACOLOGY IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 310 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & SCIENCE II
DHYG 311 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 314 - BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES II: EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY
DHYG 315 - ORAL PATHOLOGYPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 316 - PHARMACOLOGYPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 317 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 318 - COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL PRACTICUM
DHYG 320 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY III
DHYG 321 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE III
DHYG 325 - INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 326 - PAIN MANAGEMENT I: LOCAL ANESTHESIAPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 327 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
DHYG 328 - EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES: PATIENT CENTERED CARE
DHYG 331 - DENTAL HYGIENE TEACHING PRACTICUMGeneral Degree Requirement
DHYG 400 - DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND NUTRITION
DHYG 401 - DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICEGeneral Degree Requirement
DHYG 405 - INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 406 - PAIN MANAGEMENT II: NITROUS OXIDE SEDATIONPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 407 - RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 409 - ETHICS & CRITICAL REASONINGPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 410 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT I
DHYG 411 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE I
DHYG 415 - ADVANCED PERIODONTOLOGYPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 416 - PAIN MANAGEMENT III: ADJUNCTIVE TECHNIQUESPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 417 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 418 - SERVICE LEARNING & SPECIAL POPULATIONS
DHYG 420 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT II
DHYG 421 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE II
DHYG 427 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 428 - RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
DHYG 430 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT III
DHYG 431 - ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE III
DHYG 437 - CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IIIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 438 - COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH PRACTICUM
DHYG 439 - SENIOR SEMINAR CAPSTONEPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 441 - EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE IPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 451 - EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE IIPre-College & Prerequisite
DHYG 471 - RESEARCH DESIGN & METHODS