Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute - Overview

Our Schedule Has Changed!

Nitrous Oxide & Local Anesthesia will occur in March 2017.
Restorative will occur in August/September 2017. See tabs for exact dates.

Online Registration Opens for Restorative - Change in Date

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time for our Restorative Course


Pierce College's Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute (PNWDHI) courses are designed to train or increase/review skills for dental hygienists in the administration of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and/or restorative dental procedures included in the Dental Hygiene Practice Act for Washington State.

Lab and clinical patient experiences are included in the grounded clinical portion of the courses.

All clinical training is supervised by Washington State licensed dental hygienists and dentists experienced in teaching expanded functions.

Pierce College's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The following states and Canadian Providences have approved the respective PNWDHI courses allowed by their practice acts: Washington, Oregon, Arizona, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Successful completion of the Local Anesthesia and/or Restorative courses meets eligibility requirements for the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) examinations.



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

WREB Information

Washington Department of Health Dental Hygiene Licensing

Monica Hospenthal
Program Director/Professor
RDH, M.Ed.