Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

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Am I Eligible to Apply to the BASDH Entry-Level Program Now?

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

  • You must successfully complete 13 of the BASDH prerequisite college courses at a minimum 2.5 GPA per course and a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA (see below).
  • Additional criteria apply, including timelines related to expiration of courses, criminal history background clearance, completion of observation hours, etc.

For your convenience, we have an Advising and Application Checklist.

BASDH Entry-Level Application Eligibility Criteria

Meet with your advisor early in the process. Bring a copy of the Advising and Application Checklist 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 seven (7) years old. For example, if you are applying in January 2020, the oldest course completion date is Fall 2012.
  • 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 Application Year is March 31.
  • Completion of Observation Hours: Minimum 16 total. Specific minimums for each category. Follow the directions in the form.
  • 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
  • We use Eastern Washington University's Course Transfer guide to determine if a course within Washington State is a potential substitution for our courses. See the University Course Substitution Guide web page.
  • 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.
  • If your college offers a course with the exact same course number at another community college within Washington 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. View or print a copy of the Advising and Application Checklist linked at the top of this page. This list will assist you in managing your educational plan for eligibility to apply to the Dental Hygiene program.
  4. Review the BASDH Prerequisites and Course Map.

BASDH Sample Prerequisite Schedule (Over Two Years)

If your Washington State college offers the Common Course with the exact same course number, the course automatically transfers to Pierce College to meet our application eligibility requirements. CCN was initiated for community colleges in 2005.

Year 1

Fall 1 Winter 1 Spring 1 Summer 1 (optional)
*ENGL& 101
MATH& 146
CHEM& 121
COLLG 110
ENGL& 102
CMST 105
CHEM& 131
SOC& 201
NUTR& 101
BIOL& 260
TBD
TBD
TBD

Year 2

Fall 2 Winter 2 Spring 2 Summer 1 Quarter
BIOL& 241
PHIL 230
Optional AA-DTA Humanities
BIOL& 242
PSYC& 100
Optional AA-DTA Social Science
Optional AA-DTA GER
Optional AA-DTA GER
Optional AA-DTA GER
If accepted, begin BASDH Program Curriculum DH Summer I Quarter
TOTAL MINIMUM PREREQUISITE COURSE HOURS: 68 (71), including 600 lecture hours and and 160 lab hours.
TOTAL MINIMUM PREREQUISITE COURSES with AA-DTA: 90, including 820 lecture hours and 160+ lab hours.

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

  1. Review the entire Dental Hygiene program website.
  2. View or print a copy of the Advising and Application Checklist linked at the top of this page. This list will assist you in managing your educational plan for eligibility to apply to the Dental Hygiene program.
  3. For most universities/colleges in Washington State:
    1. If the course no longer exists, or you wish to substitute another course, request this with the Dental Hygiene Course Substitute Request Form
  4. For all other universities/colleges outside of Washington State, please use the Dental Hygiene Course Substitute Request Form.
    1. This is the only way to be 100% sure your course can be substituted for application to the Pierce College BASDH program.
    2. 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: 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.