The Dental Hygiene Program focuses on essential competencies for the successful practice of the profession and inspires lifelong learning and service to the community.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program at Pierce College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH). 


  • Submit prerequisite course substitutions through our Substitute Prerequisite Course form, before Wednesday January 3, 2018 for the 2018 application year.
  • Submit your completed BASDH Application with all applicable documentation by 12:00 pm on Friday January 26, 2018. Currently enrolled Pierce students may find the Transcript Request Form here.


The Pierce College Dental Hygiene (PCDH) program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). It enjoys national acclaim and recognition for consistently graduating clinically skilled and intellectually strong dental hygienists. The PCDH faculty strives for a congenial academic environment that commands the very best from the student. We balance the curriculum to provide the student the opportunity to develop skills needed to be competent, successful and safe.

The dental hygiene clinic offers the very latest and best dental technology, including electronic health records with digital radiography and computer-assisted anesthesia.

Mission Statement

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program prepares learners for the privilege and responsibility to practice in the profession of Dental Hygiene. This preparation focuses on essential competencies for the successful practice of the profession, inspires lifelong learning, and promotes service to the community.

Contact Us

Pierce Fort Steilacoom
Dental Hygiene Department
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999

We are located in Cascade Building, Level One.

Program Advising Information and Location

Voice: 253-964-6796

The Commission on Dental Accreditation formally evaluates accredited programs at regular intervals. Comprehensive site visits based on a self-study are routinely conducted every seven years. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and/or accreditation policies. All comments relative to programs being visited will be due in the Commission office no later than sixty (60) days prior to each program’s site visit to allow time for the program to respond. Negative comments received after the deadline of sixty (60) days prior to the site visit will be handled as a complaint. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission via mail, phone1-800-621-8099 extension 2719, or online at: Comments should be submitted by mail to: Third Party Comments Commission on Dental Accreditation 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 or faxed to: 312-587-5107.

Find Out More

Application to the BASDH program occurs once per year in January. Please visit our Advising section for further information to see if you are eligible to apply to the program.


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Program Contacts

Dental Hygiene Advising
Dental Hygiene Patient Clinic
Clinic Secure Email
(health/dental records, X-rays, etc.)
Dental Hygiene Department