Dental Hygiene is now offering a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Please see the links below for the application, program requirements, and point system worksheet.
Dental hygienists are professional members of the dental health team, providing skilled
care using the highest professional knowledge, judgment and ability.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The curriculum is seven quarters and includes those expanded duties allowed by Washington State Law, including clinical experience in the Clark College Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center under the supervision of licensed dentists and licensed dental hygienists.
Dental Hygiene Information:
To have an application sent or for information about how to apply, contact the Admissions
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
For advising questions or information regarding preliminary requirements, contact the Health Occupation Advising Office at email@example.com
If you have already applied and submitted the $50.00 application fee and want to check on the status of your application, contact the Health Occupation Credentials Evaluation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
Total Required Credits: 180-181
- 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.