Dental Hygiene Department - Disability Status

Disability Status

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.

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