Pierce College Dental Hygiene students


The Dental Hygiene Team welcomes you and anticipates your success in earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) degree.

Required Health Examinations and Vaccinations

Medical Examination

Evaluating general and musculo-skeletal health to include previous and current injuries and conditions to hands and arms (e.g., carpal tunnel, tendonitis, fractures, etc.), shoulders, neck and back (including muscles, tendons, bones, and/or nerves).

In addition, this physical examination must include laboratory tests and update of immunizations as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your health care provider. Guidelines for immunizations, set by the CDC, are provided at the end of this section. You will be required to provide a copy of your immunization record.

PPD/mantoux Screening Test for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Required at the time of acceptance into the program and annually thereafter. This is not an immunization, but a test of exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Documentation of a prior positive TB skin test and negative chest x-ray may substitute for TB testing.

Vision/Eye Examination That Includes an Evaluation of Depth Perception

Students will be required to wear safety glasses (glasses with side shields) during the performance of all lab and clinical activities/procedures. Students who wear prescription glasses should consult with the clinical coordinator for acceptable eyewear options as some frame designs create difficulty in adding side shields to the frame.

Dental Examination

In winter 1 quarter of the program, you will have a Digital, Full Survey of Oral Radiographs completed.

Please inform your dentist of this radiographic film series when you see him/her for your dental examination and treatment. Your dental treatment should include a preventive dental hygiene prophylaxis and most, if not all, restorative care.

The dental hygiene department requires students to meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination guidelines to attend our dental hygiene program.

For complete information regarding vaccinations for healthcare employees, please see the CDC website.


Hepatitis B

Give three-dose series (first dose now, second in one month, third approximately 5 months after second dose). Give IM. Obtain anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after third dose.


Give one dose of TIV or LAIV annually. Give TIV intramuscularly or LAIV intranasally.


For healthcare personnel (HCP) born in 1957 or later without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination, give two doses of MMR, 4 weeks apart. For HCP born prior to 1957, see below. Give SC.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

For HCP who have no serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or history of varicella disease, give two doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart. Give SC.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis

Give all HCP a Td booster dose every 10 years, following the completion of the primary three-dose series. Give a one-time dose of Tdap to all HCP younger than age 65 years with direct patient contact. Give IM.


Give one dose to microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis.

Hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio vaccines are not routinely recommended for HCP who may have on-the-job exposure to fecal material.

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