Application Directions

1. Download the Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute Application (PNWDHI)

2. Complete the PNWDHI Application.

3. Collect the required documents below.

Required Documents

  • Proof of Dental Hygiene Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian Accredited Dental Hygiene program.
    • Submit a notarized copy of one of the following:
      • Dental Hygiene degree, or
      • Dental Hygiene diploma, or
      • Official transcripts showing your Dental Hygiene degree.
    • Recent Dental Hygiene graduates (U.S. and Canadian) must be able to provide documentation of their dental hygiene or dental degree from an accredited (Commission on Dental Accreditation in the U.S. or equivalent international credentials) dental hygiene or dental program. If you will not have this documentation in June of the year you plan to take courses, please contact us at 253-964-6248.
    • If you are currently an international student enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian accredited dental hygiene program, we will accept you as a student in the PNWDHI based on your currently approved international student status at the other institution.
  • Proof of vaccinations/immunizations and TB status.
  • Proof of CPR card: Must be current during on-site attendance of course.
  • Proof of Local Anesthesia Certification and/or passing of recent Local Anesthesia Board Examination – only if applicable.

4. Submit the PNWDHI Application with the above required documents in ONE envelope AND by the posted due date to:

Pierce College Dental Hygiene
Pacific Northwest Dental Hygiene Institute
c/o Director M. Hospenthal, RDH, MEd
9401 Farwest Dr. S.W.
Lakewood WA 98498
Course Application Due Date
Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Local Anesthesia Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Restorative for Dental Hygienists Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (if offered)

Verification, Registration, and Payment

  • Once your application is received, we will review it to determine if it is complete.
    • If it is complete, you will be sent information on how to register and pay the full tuition.
      • We do not allow “payment over time” or credit for these courses.
      • However, any sort of financial aid, grants, scholarships, etc. that are guaranteed payment are acceptable.
      • Full payment is the only way to secure your spot in the course.
    • If it is not complete, you will be sent an email telling you it is not complete and what is missing.
      • At this time, you do not have a secure spot in the course since your application was incomplete.
  • You will have a maximum of five days to register and pay for the course after we notify you.
    Failure to pay within this timeframe may forfeit your right to participate for this course offering.
  • Registration and payment dates are the same as the posted registration dates on the academic calendar for new Pierce students.
    • Do NOT Apply to Pierce College. You do not need to be admitted to the college to take Continuing Education Courses.

      Course Registration Opens Registration Ends
      Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation November 20, 2017 January 3, 2018
      Local Anesthesia November 20, 2017 January 3, 2018
      Restorative for Dental Hygienists May 29, 2018 (if offered) June 20, 2018 (if offered) 
    • We cannot hold positions for you to secure funding.
    • The courses are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.
    • These courses are highly competitive and each year we turn away several people due to the limits in maximum participants.
  • Tuition is refundable, less a 20% Administrative Fee, up until the published dates below. After this deadline, it is 100% non-refundable.
Course Refundable Tuition Until
Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation January 3, 2018
Local Anesthesia January 3, 2018
Restorative for Dental Hygienists June 20, 2018 (if offered)

We HIGHLY encourage you to submit the application and supporting documentation, even if the courses are filled to capacity. There are times when students must cancel and if your application is in, we will place you on the waitlist for the course.