Students who are considering dental hygiene as a professional career path are encouraged to consider carefully the Traits/Behaviors of a Successful Dental Hygienist below.
It is also recommend that potential students observe a registered dental hygienist and ask questions about the benefits of the profession, why they chose this career, etc.
THE PROFESSION OF DENTAL HYGIENE
A dental hygienist is a licensed health professional dedicated to the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. A dental hygienist licensed in the State of Washington is an oral health educator and clinician taught to perform all aspects of treating gingival and periodontal diseases (gum disease), some restorative procedures (placing and carving or finishing fillings), and the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.
Job security: Demand is high for clinicians everywhere, particularly in rural areas .
Flexibility: Work part-time, full-time, partial days, etc. Schedules can be arranged to clinician’s preference.
Variety: Diversity in locations, patients, technology, and the evolving science of dental hygiene.
DH Program Info Line
Voice: (253) 964-6796
Monica L Hospenthal, RDH, BS, M.Ed.
Director of Dental Hygiene/ Fulltime Professor
Kathy B. Bassett, BSDH, RDH, M.Ed.
Fulltime Professor/Clinical Coordinator
Mary Galagan, RDH, BS, MHA
Fulltime Professor/Community Health and Extramurals
Carolyn D. Roberton, BSDH, RDH
Fulltime Professor, Liaison Student Chapter of ADHA
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Dental Hygiene Program
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999