Dental Hygiene Department - Program Outcomes

Program Goals Directly Associated With Student Outcomes

  • 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 and the Pierce College Course Outcomes and Syllabi Objectives.
  • Graduates will be prepared academically and clinically to successfully pass any dental hygiene licensing examination given in the United States.
  • Graduates will provide quality, evidence-based, client-centered dental hygiene services. Graduates will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their education and dental hygiene careers.
  • Graduates will successfully demonstrate the Five Pierce College Core Abilities.
  • The curriculum will provide an academic basis which facilitates articulation with other educational programs and from which graduates may progress toward additional academic advancement.

Program Goals Indirectly Associated With Student Outcomes

  • Clients/consumers will receive quality dental hygiene services and be satisfied with the services rendered. 
  • Faculty will regularly review curriculum and use evidence-based research as a basis for curricular changes and updates. 
  • 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.
  • Affiliates and community organizations will have collegial and professional experiences when interacting with the dental hygiene Program faculty, staff, and students. 

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop ideas that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods and tools.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences and the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to engage others with civility and empathy.


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