The Dental Hygiene program and the field of dental hygiene are physically and mentally demanding. They require good physical condition and excellent eye-hand coordination. The skills used in the practice of dental hygiene place a demand on the whole body, but particularly the back, neck, upper body muscles, arms and hands, and vision. The repetition of the skills, variety of clients seen, and variety of settings in which one practices, require physical and mental stamina.
Concerned students are asked to consult with a physician and/or a Dental Hygiene program advisor to determine whether the physical demands of the program would be recommended.
Additionally, current licensing tests in Washington and the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam require a command of the English language.
Pierce College Disability Policy:
Students with disabilities who believe they may need academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements are encouraged to register with the Access and Disability Services (ADS) Office at (253) 964-6526 or TTY at (253) 964-6626 or confidential FAX at (253) 964-6449 for the Pierce College Lakewood campus. Students may also email the ADS Office. Students requesting accommodations must obtain the Approved Quarterly Academic Adjustments, Auxiliary Aids or Services form provided by ADS.
It is the student's responsibility to determine whether licensing exams allow for disability accommodations.
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