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Earn your bachelor of applied science degree (BASDH) in the rewarding dental hygiene field. Practice your profession in our advanced technology Dental Hygiene Clinic.


Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College

If you are interested in applying to the Dental Hygiene program at Pierce College, you must complete an admissions test and a separate application process in addition to your Pierce College application. Our program uses the uses the Dental Hygiene Centralized Application System (DHCAS) and the Admissions Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH). Learn more about the Dental Hygiene application process.

Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Degree and Licensure

Not yet a dental hygienist? Our entry-level dental hygiene program is for you!

Our program is nationally recognized for consistently graduating compassionate, skilled and intellectually strong dental hygienists. Our faculty strive for a friendly academic environment that supports and encourages students to perform their best. We balance the curriculum to help students develop the skills needed to be competent, successful and safe.

Our students learn the practice of dental hygiene in our Dental Hygiene Clinic and classrooms under the close supervision of the BASDH faculty. BASDH students and their patients benefit from the most current and best dental hygiene instruction and technologies, including electronic health records with digital radiography and computer-assisted anesthesia.

About the Program

We offer free informational sessions twice a year in summer and fall quarters. Check the Information Sessions page for announcements of upcoming information sessions.

Our Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ethics, values, skills, and knowledge essential to the dental hygiene profession.
  2. Apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Implement the Dental Hygiene Process of Care in the delivery of individualized, equity-conscious, patient care.
  4. Exhibit altruism, accountability, professional responsibility, integrity, equity, and respect for members of the diverse communities served. 

Apply to the Program

See the Is Dental Hygiene for Me? page to learn more about how to get started with the Dental Hygiene program.

To schedule a Pierce College tour or attend a Getting Started at Pierce College session, see the Campus Visits page.