Dental Hygiene


LWTech's Bachelorโ€™s of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students to enter the healthcare workforce as 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.

Dental Hygiene 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.

Clinical Experience

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.

Additional Dental Hygiene Program Information

Students applying to the Dental Hygiene BAS program are selected on a competitive basis called Selective Admission.

As a student who is interested in pursuing admission to the Dental Hygiene program, it is important that you have all of the information you need to be the most competitive applicant to this selective admission program. 

BAS Prerequisites

  1. Entry into the Dental Hygiene program requires completion of LWTech's online application.
    • You will receive a Student ID number and an LWTech issued email address.
    • You will not be able to fill out the Dental Hygiene BAS application without completing this step.
  2. All perspective students interested in applying to the Dental Hygiene program are required to review the Dental Hygiene BAS Advising page prior to applying.
    • This page includes an information session as well as other vital information that students must know prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene program.
  3. Meet all prerequisites as defined on the Dental Hygiene BAS Advising page.
  4. Review the 2024 Supporting Information Packet.

BAS Application

Application Preview

To apply to this program, you must create a Self-Service Center account. You may preview the BAS application by downloading a PDF of the first page.

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Dental Hygiene BAS Application

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Information session dates and information can be found on the Dental Hygiene BAS Advising page.

  • To be eligible for employment, graduates must take and pass the following board examinations, and then apply to the Department of Health for a Dental Hygiene License:
    • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
    • Washington State Dental Hygiene Drug and Law Exam
    • WREB-CDCA-CITA Local Anesthesia Written Exam
    • WREB-CDCA-CITA Local Anesthesia Clinical Exam
    • WREB-CDCA-CITA Restorative Exam
    • ADEX Dental Hygiene Exam

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The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This allows students upon graduation to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and all clinical licensing examinations in the state where the graduate plans to practice.

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To learn more about transferring to another college or university, please visit our Transferring from LWTech page.

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