Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

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Am I Eligible to Apply to the BASDH Program Now?

It depends. To apply to the BASDH Program, students must meet eligibility status of a junior-level college standing.

You must pass 13 specific college courses at a minimum GPA per course and a minimum cumulative GPA (see below). Additional criteria apply, including timelines related to expiration of courses, criminal history background clearance, completion of observation hours, etc.

Visit the Forms page to download the Advising BASDH Packet. To request this information in an alternate format, contact us.

Must Know Advising Information/Application Criteria

Meet with your advisor early in the process. Bring a copy of the Advising BASDH Packet (at the top of this page) to your first meeting with an advisor.

  • Prerequisite Course GPA Requirements:
    • Minimum individual course GPA = 2.5
    • Minimum GPA average of dental hygiene prerequisite courses = 3.3
  • Course Expiration Age: The sciences, math, and ENGL&102 or ENGL&235 courses may not be more than five years old. For example, if you are applying in January 2019, the oldest course completion date is Fall 2013.
  • Course Repeats:
    • Dental hygiene prerequisite courses may be repeated only once.
    • The last grade earned is used for application acceptance and ranking.
  • Course Completion Deadline for 2019 Application Year: May 20, 2019
  • Completion of Observation Hours: Minimum 16 total. Specific minimums for each category. Follow directions in Application Packet
  • Criminal Background Policy (At Time of Application)
    • All Applicants must submit to a criminal background check at the time of application.
    • Applicants with felony convictions are not eligible to participate in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) program courses at Pierce College.
    • Other eligibility requirements as per Washington State Law. Please refer to the WA State DOH Licensing website on Dental Hygiene Licensure

BASDH Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Next Steps

Planning Map and Sample Schedule for BASDH Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses listed are Pierce College courses. All courses with an “&” in the number are considered a part of the Washington State’s “Common Course Numbering” for the WA State CCN Project. This means that if you complete the exact same course number at another community college within WA State, the course is automatically accepted at Pierce College to meet our application eligibility requirements. CCN was initiated for community colleges in 2005.

Students Planning to Take Their BASDH Prerequisite Courses at Pierce College

  1. If you are new to Pierce College, please apply to the college first through Pierce College Admissions. If you have any questions regarding application to Pierce College, please contact the Admissions Office at 253-912-3665.
  2. Review the BASDH Program website.
  3. Print or download a copy of the Advising BASDH Packet at the top of this page. The packet will assist you in managing your educational plan for eligibility to apply to the dental hygiene program.

Students Planning to Take Their BASDH Prerequisite Courses at another College or University

  1. Review the entire Dental Hygiene program website.
  2. Print or download a copy of the Advising BASDH Packet at the top of this page. The packet will assist you in managing your educational plan for eligibility to apply to the dental hygiene program.
  3. But wait! What courses do I take at my college or university if they are not a WA State Common Course?
    • For those students taking the BASDH Prerequisite Courses at another university located within Washington State, we have created a DH Course Substitute Chart for your convenience. The courses on this chart will automatically substitute for the Pierce College prerequisite courses.
    • If the course on the chart no longer exists, or you wish to substitute another course, request this with the DH Course Substitute Request Form (link) (online only). This is the only way to be 100% sure your course can be substituted for application to the Pierce College BASDH program.
    • We usually respond within seven business days to substitute dental hygiene prerequisite course requests, but it can take up to four weeks. Please plan accordingly.

IMPORTANT: Only courses submitted and approved through the official DH Course Substitute Request Form (link) are accepted for course substitutions. Advising plans, emails, education plans, or other written or verbal documentation created by anyone either inside or outside the Pierce College system (including advising documents by the program director) are not accepted for course substitutions. No exceptions.