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The Pierce College Dental Hygiene program has been accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)* for more than 30 years. It enjoys national acclaim and recognition for consistently graduating clinically skilled and intellectually strong dental hygiene clinicians.

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene faculty members strive for an affable academic climate that commands the very best from the student, while balancing the skills needed to be competent and successful and maintaining a high standard of public safety. Currently, the dental hygiene clinic incorporates the very latest and best technology, including office management software, digital radiography, and computer-assisted anesthesia.

Program Length

Seven consecutive quarters starting each fall quarter.

School Hours/Working While in Program

Generally, hours are 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Occasional evenings and weekends are necessary for professional activities. Specific hours vary each quarter.

It is not recommended that students work while enrolled in the program. The clinical and classroom instruction requires 24-30 on-campus contact hours per week. This does not include the hours outside of class and clinic required for studying.

Number of Yearly Accepted Students

Twenty students each fall quarter at the Lakewood campus.

NOTE: There is no waiting list. Applicants may apply as many times as they want, but must meet the current year's requirements for application.

Degree Awarded

Associate in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor Degree Transferability

The Pierce College Associate in Dental Hygiene degree directly transfers (dependent on previous coursework) into the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Online Degree Completion Program.

EWU offers a full-time option for one year and a part-time option for two-three years. Once a student has earned a dental hygiene degree and is eligible for licensure, they may apply to the Online EWU Degree Completion program to complete the 61 upper division credits needed for a bachelor’s degree.

There is no clinical component. Students work in the profession full-time or part-time while completing the Bachelor of Science degree. Please click here for more information.

DH Program Advising information
Email: Voice: 253-964-6796

Fulltime Dental Hygiene Faculty

Monica Hospenthal
R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed.
Director of Dental Hygiene/ Fulltime Professor

Kathy B. Bassett
Fulltime Professor/Clinical Coordinator

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 Program
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999