Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute - Overview

Space is still available for the Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide courses for August 2015. Register now!

The Restorative Course is full for August 2015. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please email:


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

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

All clinical training is supervised by 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.

Summer 2015 Course Dates

Aug. 17, 2015 Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Aug. 18-21, 2015 Local Anesthesia
Aug. 24-Sept. 4, 2015 Restorative

General Information


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.


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