Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree involves eight consecutive quarters starting in summer quarter.

School Hours/Working While in Program

We recommend anticipating a schedule from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, quarterly schedules may vary, with some days being only a few hours in class. The average number of weekly class hours is approximately 25-30 hours.

Occasional evenings and weekends are necessary for professional and inter-professional activities. Specific hours vary each quarter and mostly occur in the last few quarters of the program.

Due to the intensity of learning in a professional course of study, we recommend that students do not work while enrolled in the program. Study time outside the classroom time averages between 20-30 hours per week, as is standard for professional programs. Study time varies per individual student.

Number of Yearly Accepted Students

Twenty (20) students are accepted each year in summer quarter at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus located in Lakewood, WA. We do not have an online or distance campus option at this time.

We also do not use a wait list. Applicants may apply as many times as they want, but must meet the current year's requirements for application.

Due to the highly competitive nature of the program, students who have been previously dismissed from the program have demonstrated a failure to progress in the profession of Dental Hygiene. Therefore, an offer of acceptance into the program may be denied.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH).

Graduate Degree Preparation

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree prepares the student for application to most graduate schools. However, graduate school requirements vary greatly and are dependent on the course of study. Thus, not all universities will transfer the BASDH degree in the same manner. See the ADHA educational site for more information on dental hygiene graduate programs.

Disability Status

The Dental Hygiene program and the field of dental hygiene are physically and mentally demanding. They require good physical condition and excellent eye-hand coordination. The skills used in the practice of dental hygiene place a demand on the whole body, but particularly the back, neck, upper body muscles, arms and hands, and vision. The repetition of the skills, variety of clients seen, and variety of settings in which one practices, require physical and mental stamina.

Concerned students may consult with their physician and/or a dental hygiene program advisor to determine whether the physical demands of the program may be prohibitive. Additionally, licensing exams in Washington and the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam require a command of the English language.

Pierce College Disability Policy

Students with disabilities who believe they may need academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements are encouraged to register with the Access and Disability Services (ADS) Office at 253-964-6526 or confidential FAX at 253-964-6449 for the Pierce College Lakewood campus. Students may also email the ADS Office. Students requesting accommodations must obtain the Approved Quarterly Academic Adjustments, Auxiliary Aids or Services form provided by ADS.

It is the student's responsibility to determine whether licensing exams allow for disability accommodations.

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