Dental Hygiene Department - Program Costs

New tuition costs for 2013 have not been released by the time of this publication. Please anticipate a 3% overall cost increase for the two year program to approximately $28,800.00 including licensing boards.

Estimated cost for the two-year (seven-quarter) Dental Hygiene Program is based on Washington State resident tuition rates published June 2012. Exam and Licensing Fees were published May 2012. Pre-dental Hygiene course expenses, room and board, and additional costs for transportation, etc. are not included.  (Pierce College does not have dormitories.)

Please keep in mind that ALL costs are estimates and subject to change!

First Year

Fall Quarter (18 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1492
Instruments/Supplies(First issue with Loupes) $2,000
Books $1,050
Dental Store Fee** $400
Restorative Kits Rental (1st or 2nd year) $50
Professional Association Dues $40
Liability Insurance $20
Lab Coats, Uniforms and Shoes $350
Course Fees***** $30
First Aid/CPR $45
Total Estimate $5,477
 
Winter Quarter (17 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1,439
Instruments/Supplies(Second issue w/ handpieces) $3,000
Books $250
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Damage Deposit** $200
Total Estimate $5,289
 
Spring Quarter (19 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1,589
Instruments/Supplies (Third issue) $300
Books $350
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Total Estimate $2,639
 
Summer Quarter (17 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1439
Instruments/Supplies(Fourth iissue) $150
Course fee for DHYG 164 $100
Books $100
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Total Estimate $2,189

Second Year

Fall Quarter (19 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1589
Books $200
Instruments/Supplies (Third issue, includes ultrasonic)*** $2,000
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Professional Association Dues $40
Liability Insurance $20
Course Fees***** $100
CPR Update $35
Total Estimate $4,384
 
Winter Quarter (18 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1492
Books $200
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Total Estimate $2,092
 
Spring Quarter (16 Credits)
Pierce College Tuition/Fees* $1386
Books $0
Dental Store Fee**** $400
Total Estimate $1,786
 
Additional Incidental Costs over Two Years $1,500
 
TOTAL TWO YEAR, estimate (with incidentals) (with in-state resident tuition*) $25,356
   

Estimated Board Examination Fees (Based on Licensing for WA State)

National Board Exam Fee $400
Western Regional Exam Fee $2,000
Law Exam Fee $90
WA State Board License Fee $150
Total Estimate $2,640
 
Estimate Only:  
TOTAL TWO YEAR plus WA State Board Exams $27,996

*Resident tuition rates shown are subject to change by the state legislature. Resident/non-res. Mil./Nat. Guard  rate is $100.00/credit; Non-resident (US citizen/Immigrant) tuition is $115.00/credit and other non-resident is $298.00/credit. Student Comprehensive Fee (15.00), Technology Fee (35.00), and Recreation Center Fee (35.00) are included in estimate above.

**Any unused balance will be refunded at the completion of the second year.

***Additional instruments may be issued dependent upon technology and instrument advancements.

****Dental Store fees cover consumables such as gloves, laboratory supplies and are subject to change prior to the start of the year. 

*****Course Materials cover clinic forms and instructional forms not provided on ANGEL. 

DH Program Advising information
Email: denthyg@pierce.ctc.edu 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
BSDH, RDH, M.Ed.
Fulltime Professor/Clinical Coordinator

Mary Galagan
RDH, BS, MHA
Fulltime Professor/Community Health and Extramurals

Carolyn D. Roberton
BSDH, RDH
Fulltime Professor, Liaison Student Chapter of ADHA

Postal Address

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Dental Hygiene Program
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999