Programs

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Dental Hygiene
A career as a hygienist offers a wide range of opportunities. Services provided by dental hygienists include patient assessment procedures, managing and treating periodontal conditions, placing and finishing dental restorative materials, applying preventive materials to the teeth, teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene to maintain oral health, nutrition counseling, teeth whitening services, performing documentation and office management activities, developing and implementing community oral health programs, and more.

The Clark College 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 a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Students who successfully complete 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 the Clark College Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists.

Application Process & Preliminary Requirements

The Dental Hygiene program is a seven-quarter clinical program with preliminary requirements that must be satisfied to qualify to apply and prior to program entry. Admission to the Dental Hygiene program is limited and competitive, and Clark College reserves the right to determine admissions status. Please note: completion of the preliminary requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Dental Hygiene program. To meet preliminary entrance requirements, candidates must:

  • Complete the Clark College Application for Admission and Statement of Intent forms. Return to Enrollment Services in Gaiser Hall with the non-refundable admission fee and program application fee (amounts subject to change). For the current fee amounts, please visit the Dental Hygiene Website at www.clark.edu/dentalhygiene.


  • The application for Clark College's Dental Hygiene program is January 8th of every year for entry into the fall quarter. Students MUST have no more than 10 credits of preliminary coursework remaining to complete following the end of winter quarter to qualify for selection into the fall class. Preliminary Course Requirements are listed in the degree below.


  • Submit ALL official college transcripts from ALL previous colleges attended to the Credential Evaluations Office for complete transcript evaluation, and continue to send updated transcripts quarterly as additional courses are completed. The most recent educational experience will be used to meet admission criteria.



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.

Students 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 published admissions criteria for that year.

Selection criteria are subject to change. For complete, updated information, please refer to the Dental Hygiene program website 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.


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.
Dental Hygiene (BAS)
Preliminary Coursework REQUIRED for acceptance
All preliminary courses must be completed with a 2.0 or above AND obtain minimum APPLICABLE and SCIENCE grade point averages (GPA) of 2.60
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I *
5 cr.
*must be completed by end of winter quarter of application year
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
Humanities (10 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Social Sciences (10 credits required)
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
College-level Math (5 credits required)
 
MATH&146
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (recommended)
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (30 credits required)
 
All science courses must be seven (7) years current upon program entry.
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
5 cr.
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
5 cr.
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
5 cr.
or
BIOL&241
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
5 cr.
BIOL&242
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
CHEM&131
INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM
5 cr.
NUTR&101
NUTRITION
3 cr.
Physical Education (1 credits required)**
 
**MUST be fitness/activity course
Junior Year
Fall Quarter
 
DH 282
PHARMACOLOGY I
1 cr.
DH 283
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I
6 cr.
DH 284
ORAL MEDICINE
2 cr.
DH 285
PERIODONTICS I
3 cr.
DH 286
DENTAL ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 292
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
1 cr.
Winter Quarter
 
DH 303
HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 313
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II
5 cr.
DH 323
ORAL RADIOLOGY I
3 cr.
DH 353
ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION
1 cr.
DH 373
CARIOLOGY
2 cr.
DH 383
PHARMACOLOGY II
1 cr.
Spring Quarter
 
DH 304
EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND APPLICATION
2 cr.
DH 314
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III
5 cr.
DH 324
ORAL RADIOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 344
GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY
3 cr.
DH 364
LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL
4 cr.
DH 384
PHARMACOLOGY III
1 cr.
Senior Year
Summer Quarter
 
DH 301
INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING
3 cr.
DH 321
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV
4 cr.
DH 331
ORAL RADIOLOGY III
2 cr.
DH 431
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I
2 cr.
DH 451
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I
1 cr.
DH 471
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
1 cr.
Fall Quarter
 
DH 402
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS I
2 cr.
DH 412
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V
9 cr.
DH 432
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
5 cr.
DH 452
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II
1 cr.
DH 472
PERIODONTICS II
2 cr.
Winter Quarter
 
DH 403
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS II
2 cr.
DH 413
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI
9 cr.
DH 433
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III
4 cr.
DH 453
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III
1 cr.
DH 473
PERIODONTICS III
2 cr.
Spring Quarter
 
DH 404
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS III
1 cr.
DH 414
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII
10 cr.
DH 434
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV
3 cr.
DH 484
CAPSTONE
3 cr.

Total Required Credits: 180-181

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:
  • Integrate the roles of clinician, educator, advocate, manager, and researcher to prevent oral diseases and promote health.
  • 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 ADHA 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 licensing exams.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the profession with a rigorous and robust emphasis on the study of current research.