The deadline for application to the PNWDHI for August 2013 has passed. Please check back to this website AFTER Jan. 1, 2014 for information about future courses offered in 2014.
Pierce College's Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute is designed for:
Practitioners or recent graduates seeking licensure in Washington state and plan to take the Western Regional Board Exam (WREB)
Dental hygiene practitioners seeking to update and expand their skills, or returning to practice
Dental hygiene faculty tasked with integrating expanded functions into current curriculums
PNDHI courses are designed to train dental hygienists in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, and restorative dental procedures included in the 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 licensed dental hygienists and dentists who are experienced in teaching expanded functions.
Pierce College's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation, with the following states approving the respective PNWDHI courses allowed by their practice acts in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Successful completion of the Local Anesthesia and/or Restorative courses makes the student eligible to test with the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB).
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located on 140 acres in the city of Lakewood, 10 miles southwest of Tacoma, Washington. The campus is next to Fort Steilacoom Park. It is just one mile from the waters of the Puget Sound with snow-covered mountain ranges visible in both directions.
Director of Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene Institute
Attn: Dental Hygiene Department
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498
Washington Dept. of Health
Dental Hygiene Licensing