Dental Hygiene Department - Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene - BASDH

The next application deadline will be January 27, 2017 for a summer 2017 start date.


The Dental Hygiene program at Pierce College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH).


The Pierce College Dental Hygiene (PCDH) program has been accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for almost 40 years. It enjoys national acclaim and recognition for consistently graduating clinically skilled and intellectually strong dental hygienists. The PCDH faculty strives for a congenial academic environment that commands the very best from the student. We balance the curriculum to provide the student the opportunity to develop skills needed to be competent, successful, and safe.

The dental hygiene clinic offers the very latest and best dental technology, including electronic health records with digital radiography and computer-assisted anesthesia.

Pierce College Dental Hygiene Mission Statement

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program prepares learners for the privilege and responsibility to practice in the profession of Dental Hygiene. This preparation focuses on essential competencies for the successful practice of the profession, inspires lifelong learning, and service to the community.

Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program Goals & Outcomes

  1. Students will successfully meet the essential competencies and student outcomes as outlined in the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Student Handbook titled Competencies for Dental Hygiene the Pierce College Course Outcomes and syllabi objectives.
  2. Graduates will be prepared to pass didactic or clinical dental hygiene licensing examinations given within the United States.
  3. Graduates will be prepared to provide quality and evidence-based, patient-centered dental hygiene services.
  4. Graduates will be prepared to successfully demonstrate the Five Pierce College Core Abilities.
  5. Using current Standards of Care, clients/consumers will be satisfied with rendered dental hygiene healthcare services.
  6. Faculty will regularly review curriculum and use evidence-based research as a basis for curricular changes/revisions.
  7. Faculty will commit to professional development to enhance dental hygiene academic quality, to promote and foster health, and to provide a comprehensive educational environment for successful student learning.
  8. Faculty, staff, and students will practice collaboratively, collegially, and professionally while interacting with affiliates, healthcare professionals, healthcare teams, and community constituents and organizations.
  9. The curriculum will provide an academic basis which facilitates articulation with other educational programs and from which graduates may progress toward additional academic advancement.

*The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 2719.

DENTAL HYGIENE Program Advising Information & Location
Email: Voice: 253-964-6796


Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Cascade Building, Level One

Fulltime Dental Hygiene Faculty

Monica Hospenthal
R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed.
Program Director/Fulltime Professor

Kathy B. Bassett
Fulltime Professor/Risk Management Officer

Mary Galagan
Fulltime Professor/Community Health and Extramurals

Carolyn D. Roberton
Fulltime Professor/Liaison
Student Chapter of ADHA

Postal Address

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Dental Hygiene Department
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999

BASDH Faculty & Staff Credentials