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LWTech's Bachelor’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 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.

This program has received accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) 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.

Dental Hygiene Advising & Admissions

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. 

Dental Hygiene BAS Advising

All students interested in applying to the Dental Hygiene program are required to review the Dental Hygiene 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.

Dental Hygiene Advising & Admission Information Webpage

Dental Hygiene BAS Admission

Students applying to the Dental Hygiene BAS program are selected on a competitive basis called Selective Admission. This program has additional application and qualification requirements with application deadlines unique to the program. Prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

To be eligible for employment, graduates must also take and pass the National Board Examination and the Washington clinical licensing examination.