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Welcome to Pierce College’s Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Department

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene (PCDH) program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). It enjoys national acclaim and recognition for consistently graduating clinically skilled and intellectually strong dental hygienists. The PCDH faculty strives for a congenial academic environment that commands the very best from the student. We balance the curriculum to provide the student the opportunity to develop skills needed to be competent, successful and safe.

The dental hygiene clinic offers the very latest and best dental technology, including electronic health records with digital radiography and computer-assisted anesthesia.

Mission Statement

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program prepares learners for the privilege and responsibility to practice in the profession of Dental Hygiene. This preparation focuses on essential competencies for the successful practice of the profession, inspires lifelong learning, and promotes service to the community.

Dental Hygiene Continuing Education

The Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute (PNWDHI) courses are designed to train or increase/review skills for dental hygienists in the administration of nitrous oxide, local anesthesia, and/or restorative dental procedures included in the Dental Hygiene Practice Act for Washington State. Online and in-class didactic, peer lab, and clinical patient experiences are included in the hands-on portion of the courses.

Course Introduction

Pierce College's Dental Hygiene Continuing Education program currently offers three courses.

The courses are typically offered once per year, but please check the course pages to verify dates and availability.

  1. Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation (online and in-class didactic and peer lab, typically in March)
  2. Local Anesthesia (online and in-class didactic and peer lab, typically in March)
  3. Restorative for Dental Hygienists (online and in-class didactic, peer lab, and clinic, typically in August/September)

Licensing Examinations and Accreditation

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
  • Alberta
  • 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.

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