Dental Hygiene

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The mission of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Dental Hygiene program is to prepare students to enter the healthcare workforce as entry-level Dental Hygienists who are competent in the provision of safe, ethical and effective dental hygiene care. The program aims to provide students with high quality didactic and clinical education in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills of Dental Hygiene as well as the promotion of life-long learning.

Program Philosophy The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Dental Hygiene program believes the function of the Dental Hygienist is to provide safe and effective Dental Hygiene care to help people retain and improve their oral health for greater quality of life.  It is the philosophy of the Dental Hygiene program at LWTech to foster the acquisition of Dental Hygiene skills in a safe learning environment that supports communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, and to promote culturally sensitive, ethical, and compassionate care in the dental workplace.

This program has received accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation which allows students, upon graduation, to take the National Board Examination and the clinical licensing examination in the state where she or he plans to practice. Clinical experience is provided at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology dental clinic under the supervision of licensed dentists and licensed dental hygienists. Additional clinical experience occurs in a variety of off-campus settings located in the greater Seattle area.

There is a formal admissions process for entry into this program. The curriculum in the Dental Hygiene program consists of seven quarters, including a six-week summer quarter of full-time professional and clinical education preceded by 57 credits of prerequisite courses. The prerequisite science courses must be at least ten years current upon program entry; be measured by a proficiency examination; or be waived by special petition to the Dental Hygiene Director. The dental hygiene courses must be taken successively. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

LWTech Dental Clinic

The LWTech dental clinic is staffed by dental professionals that include licensed dentists, dental hygienists, certified dental assistants and students serving patients' oral health care needs. Our patients provide an important link to our dental team by giving the students opportunity to work on patients in a clinical setting.

Admission Requirements
The Dental Hygiene program requires completion of special application for admission and program prerequisites. Applications are accepted once per year for a Fall quarter start to the program. Packets become available in mid to late summer quarter.

  • Selective Admissions: This program requires completion of special application for admission and program prerequisites.  There is a formal, competitive admissions process for entry into this program. Many more students than can be accepted into the program will apply for admission. The college will use prerequisite classes, prior educational and/or work experience, and an entrance exam (the TEAS V. 5) to determine the best candidates for the program.

  • Expiration of science courses: The prerequisite science courses must be at least ten years current upon program entry.

  • Obtaining and Submitting Applications:  Applications are accepted once per year for a Fall quarter start.  The deadline to apply for Fall 2015, is April 3, 2015.  Completed applications will be forwarded to an evaluation group in the dental hygiene program. Final selection email notifications will be completed by the end of April. For more information on the process and to download a copy of the application, please visit the Dental Hygiene Advising page.

  • After you are admitted to the Dental Hygiene program: Once you have been accepted into a dental program you will attend a special orientation designed for your program. The Dental Hygiene Department will notify you about that orientation.

  • Length of program: Students accepted into the program must enroll in seven consecutive quarters of Dental Hygiene courses, including a required Summer Quarter of full-time professional and clinical education.

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Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition and Fees

    • Includes: National Board Exam Fee $250, Washington State License fee $190, Western Regional Exam Board's fee $2100, Jurisprudence Exam fee $50.

  • View the "Get to Know Dental Hygiene" section of the DHYG Advising website  for current estimated program costs

Degrees and Certificates

Credits

Estimated
Length*

Admission

Academic
Plan

Dental Hygiene AAS-T

120

7
quarters

Fall,
by special admissions

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 *Program length is estimated. See your counselor or adviser

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

  • Short Certificate (less than 45 credits or 900 hours)

  • Long Certificate (greater than 45 credits or from 900-1799 hours)