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Dental Hygiene program to offer Bachelor Degree in 2016

The Dental Hygiene program at Pierce College recently received candidacy status approval to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Beginning summer 2016, all dental hygiene students will begin the bachelor degree curriculum. The Associate in Dental Hygiene degree will be phased out during the 2016-17 academic year.


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 academically and clinically to successfully pass any dental hygiene licensing examination given in the United States.
  3. Graduates will provide quality, evidence-based, client-centered dental hygiene services.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their education and dental hygiene careers.
  5. Graduates will successfully demonstrate the Five Pierce College Core Abilities.
  6. Clients/consumers will receive quality dental hygiene services and be satisfied with the services rendered.
  7. Faculty will regularly review curriculum and use evidence-based research as a basis for curricular changes and updates.
  8. Faculty will commit to continual professional development to enhance dental hygiene academic quality, and provide the best and technologically sound educational environment for successful student learning.
  9. Affiliates and community organizations will have collegial and professional experiences when interacting with the dental hygiene program faculty, staff, and students.
  10. 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