Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute - Overview

Eligibility

  1. PNWDHI courses are currently offered only for licensed* Dental Hygienists or Dentists wishing to improve their skills in Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Local Anesthesia, and/or Restorative Expanded Functions, and for licensed* Dental Hygienists or recent graduates preparing for regional board examinations. *This requires a current license, but does not require a Washington license.
  2. Participants must be able to provide documentation of their dental hygiene or dental degree from an accredited dental hygiene or dental program (Commission on Dental Accreditation in the USA or equivalent international credentials). Dental hygiene students still working toward their degree must provide verification of expected graduation from the program director. This includes international students.
  3. International students currently studying in a US or Canadian accredited dental hygiene or dental program will be accepted as students in the PNWDHI based on already approved international student status at their current institution.
  4. Students must be able to provide evidence of Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccination or titer of HBV status, and have had a PPD TB test within the past six (6) months or, if the TB test is positive, a physician letter indicating the student's TB status.
  5. The courses offered in the Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute are a combination of online pre-study, lecture, lab, and clinical applications. To succeed in these courses, you must have adequate pre-knowledge in the following dental hygiene subject areas:

    • Pharmacology, head and neck anatomy
    • Background in dental anatomy and dental materials
    • Basic dental hygiene skills
    • Basic computer skills (email, file management, and downloads)

Required pre-study course assignments and materials for all courses are distributed via the online Learning Management System.

Each Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute course is a "compacted" version of the regular dental hygiene program curriculum. It is fast-paced and intensive, and you must come prepared (all assigned reading and homework completed). To successfully complete the course and receive certificates you must demonstrate clinical and didactic competence.

General Information

253-964-6248

Mailing Address:
Pacific Northwest
Dental Hygiene Institute
Attn: Dental Hygiene Department
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498

WREB Information
(602) 944-3315
www.wreb.org.

Washington Department of Health Dental Hygiene Licensing

Monica Hospenthal
Program Director/Professor
253-912-3656
RDH, M.Ed.