Dental Hygiene
A career as a hygienist offers a wide range of opportunities. Services provided by dental hygienists include patient assessment procedures, exposing and developing radiographs, removing calculus and biofilm from all surfaces of the teeth, managing and treating periodontally involved conditions, placing and applying dental restorative materials, applying preventive materials to the teeth, teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene to maintain oral health, nutrition counseling, taking impressions, performing documentation and office management activities, and developing and implementing community oral health programs.

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and may complete requirements for the Associate in Arts degree, which will transfer directly to four-year universities within the state of Washington. Those completing the program qualify to take national, regional, and state board examinations for licensure and are prepared to enter clinical practice. The program includes all responsibilities allowed by Washington state law.

Clinical experience takes place in Clark College's dental hygiene clinic under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists. Other clinical or community sites are used for limited educational experiences.

Application Process

The Dental Hygiene program is a seven-quarter clinical program with preliminary requirements that must be taken before program entry. Admission to the program is outlined in two stages: preliminary requirements and final program admission.

Preliminary Requirements

To meet preliminary entrance requirements, candidates must:
  • Complete the Clark College Application for Admission and Statement of Intent forms. Return to the Clark College Welcome Center with the non-refundable program application fees (amount subject to change). For the current fee amounts, please visit the Dental Hygiene website at www.clark.edu/dentalhygiene.

  • Application deadline for Clark College's Dental Hygiene program is January 8th of every year for the upcoming fall quarter. Students MUST have no more than 10 credits left of preliminary coursework to complete following the end of winter quarter to qualify for selection into the fall class.

  • Complete ENGL& 101 with a 2.0 or higher grade.

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and an applicable science GPA of 2.25 or higher.

  • All science courses must be seven (7) years current upon program entry.

  • Send all official college transcripts to the Credential Evaluations Office for complete transcript evaluation, and continue to send updated transcripts quarterly as courses are completed.

  • Complete courses listed under Preliminary Required Courses with a 2.0 or above. (Students can have a maximum of 10 credits of preliminary required coursework to complete after winter quarter to be eligible for selection into the following fall's Dental Hygiene class.)

  • The most recent educational experience will be used to meet admission criteria.

Program Progression

In order to progress from one course or quarter to the next after beginning the Dental Hygiene program, students must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

General Information

Selection criteria are subject to change. For complete updated information, please refer to the application booklet, available online at www.clark.edu/dentalhygiene.

Disability Statement for Health Occupations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
Dental Hygiene (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
PE Activity (1 credit required)
 
Health course waived
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Placement of MATH 090 or higher will satisfy this requirement.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY *
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION
3 cr.
*General Psychology also fulfills the Human Relations Requirement
Preliminary Program Requirements
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
4 cr.
and BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
4 cr.
and BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
4 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
CHEM&131
INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM
5 cr.
Final Program Admission
Upon completion of the preliminary entrance requirements, all qualified applicants will be invited to and must participate in a mandatory student orientation with the Dental Hygiene Department. During orientation, the HESI A2 Admission test will be administered. Successful candidates will be notified in writing of final acceptance into the program. Payment of a non-refundable deposit will reserve a position for fall quarter entry. During the school year, the deposit will be refunded to all currently enrolled dental hygiene students.

Because of the rigor and intensity of the curriculum, applicants must complete all pre-dental hygiene requirements prior to entry.

Completion of the pre-dental hygiene requirements does not guarantee entrance into the program. The Dental Hygiene Department has limited enrollment and Clark College reserves the right to determine admission status.

Persons not selected for entry are welcome to reapply the following year but are encouraged to seek advising before doing so and must formally reapply and comply with the admissions process for that year.
Major Area Requirements
DH 101
DENTAL ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 102
HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 103
ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION
2 cr.
DH 104
INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING
3 cr.
DH 111
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I
6 cr.
DH 112
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II
5 cr.
DH 113
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III
5 cr.
DH 114
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV
4 cr.
DH 122
ORAL RADIOLOGY I
3 cr.
DH 123
ORAL RADIOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 124
ORAL RADIOLOGY III
2 cr.
DH 134
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I
2 cr.
DH 141
ORAL MEDICINE
2 cr.
DH 143
GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY
3 cr.
DH 152
ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION
1 cr.
DH 154
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I
1 cr.
DH 163
LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL
4 cr.
DH 171
PERIODONTICS I
3 cr.
DH 172
CARIOLOGY
2 cr.
DH 174
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
1 cr.
DH 181
PHARMACOLOGY I
1 cr.
DH 182
PHARMACOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 183
PHARMACOLOGY III
1 cr.
DH 201
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH I
2 cr.
DH 202
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH II
2 cr.
DH 203
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH III
1 cr.
DH 211
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V
9 cr.
DH 212
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI
9 cr.
DH 213
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII
10 cr.
DH 231
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
5 cr.
DH 232
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III
4 cr.
DH 233
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV
3 cr.
DH 251
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II
1 cr.
DH 252
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III
1 cr.
DH 253
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS IV
1 cr.
DH 263
ETHICS AND PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
1 cr.
DH 271
PERIODONTICS II
2 cr.
DH 272
PERIODONTICS III
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 161
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Analyze professional behaviors and make appropriate decisions guided by ethical principles and core values.
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the provision of optimal, evidence-based, and patient-centered dental hygiene care.
  • Successfully complete all initial licensing exams.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the field.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
General - Dental Hygiene (AA)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
Physical Education Activity (1 credit required)
 
Health course waived
Oral Communications (5 credits required)
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
Note: From at least three different departments; no more than 10 credits in one department.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
4 cr.
and BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
4 cr.
and BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
4 cr.
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION
3 cr.
Preliminary Program Requirements
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
CHEM&131
INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
DH 101
DENTAL ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 102
HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 103
ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION
2 cr.
DH 104
INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING
3 cr.
DH 111
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I
6 cr.
DH 112
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II
5 cr.
DH 113
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III
5 cr.
DH 114
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV
4 cr.
DH 122
ORAL RADIOLOGY I
3 cr.
DH 123
ORAL RADIOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 124
ORAL RADIOLOGY III
2 cr.
DH 134
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I
2 cr.
DH 141
ORAL MEDICINE
2 cr.
DH 143
GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY
3 cr.
DH 152
ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION
1 cr.
DH 154
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I
1 cr.
DH 163
LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL
4 cr.
DH 171
PERIODONTICS I
3 cr.
DH 172
CARIOLOGY
2 cr.
DH 174
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
1 cr.
DH 181
PHARMACOLOGY I
1 cr.
DH 182
PHARMACOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 183
PHARMACOLOGY III
1 cr.
DH 201
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH I
2 cr.
DH 202
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH II
2 cr.
DH 203
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH III
1 cr.
DH 211
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V
9 cr.
DH 212
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI
9 cr.
DH 213
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII
10 cr.
DH 231
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
5 cr.
DH 232
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III
4 cr.
DH 233
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV
3 cr.
DH 251
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II
1 cr.
DH 252
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III
1 cr.
DH 253
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS IV
1 cr.
DH 263
ETHICS AND PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
1 cr.
DH 271
PERIODONTICS II
2 cr.
DH 272
PERIODONTICS III
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 184
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Analyze professional behaviors and make appropriate decisions guided by ethical principles and core values.
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the provision of optimal, evidence-based, and patient-centered dental hygiene care.
  • Successfully complete all initial licensing exams.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the field.
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative I: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator.
  • Quantitative II: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science I: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems.
  • Natural Science II: Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.