Dec 04, 2020  
2020-21 BTC Catalog 
2020-21 BTC Catalog

Dental: Hygiene

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health care industry as a dental hygienist, then look into BTC’s Dental Hygiene program. You’ll learn the clinical skills and core professional values needed to launch a rewarding career in private and public settings, such as dental offices and public health clinics. Dental hygiene students learn under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists on state-of-the-art equipment in BTC’s on-campus dental clinic. Program graduates are well-positioned for employment, with the hands-on clinical experience employers need today.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate positive work ethics, team skills and professional values integral to the profession of Dental Hygiene.
  • Utilize wellness, health determinants, & characteristics of various patient populations to promote oral health and reduce health risks in a variety of settings.
  • Apply current dental hygiene techniques, instruments, and materials to provide preventive and therapeutic services in accordance with all safety and health standards.
  • Assess, plan, implement & evaluate community-based health promotion and prevention programs and activities to benefit the general population.
  • Demonstrate cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory, and science.
  • Identify and access opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Apply the principles of evidence-based research and decision making in the planning and implementation of dental hygiene care.
  • Qualify for all national and regional examinations required to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of Washington.
  • Manage medical emergencies and provide appropriate life support measures using professional judgment.

Placement Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree.

  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085 , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092  or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099 .

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Dental Hygiene Degree completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.

Additional Requirements

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.

General Education Courses

Prospective students must complete the following prerequisites with a 2.7 GPA or better in each course prior to applying to the program:


    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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