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

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) Pathways

Initial Dental Hygiene Degree and Licensure

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.

Information Session

We offer free informational sessions twice a year in summer and fall quarters. The next session is on the following date:

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3 p.m.

Location for sessions:

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Cascade Building, Level Three, Room 332
9401 Farwest Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Bridge BASDH Degree

The Bridge BASDH program is for licensed dental hygienists who earned their dental hygiene degree/certificate in Washington State in 1973 or after from a college that is/was accredited by the local accrediting Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Pierce College will accept your Washington State (WA) dental hygiene degree/certificate, WA State dental hygiene license, active and in good standing, or your USA dental hygiene license, active and in good standing, to meet 40 of the 60 upper division quarter credits towards your BASDH degree.

The Bridge BASDH is fully online and does not require a clinical component other than teaching observations. Access to a dental hygiene, dental assisting or dental school will be required.

To learn more about this opportunity, please see the Bridge BASDH page.


Dental Hygiene Advising
Dental Hygiene Patient Clinic
Clinic Secure Email
(health/dental records, X-rays, etc.)
Dental Hygiene Department

Find Out More

Application to the BASDH program occurs once per year in January. Please visit our Advising section for further information to see if you are eligible to apply to the program.


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