Dental Health Science


"I chose Pacific University's BS Degree Dental Hygiene Program because of the passion for public health it incorporates into the learning experience. We are not only becoming dental hygienists, but community leaders as well."
-Shelby Nickens, Class of 2010

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Dental Health Science at Pacific University is to provide an outstanding education for our students, compassionate care for our patients and exemplary service to the community and the profession.

Our Vision

To create and sustain a reputation of excellence

in education, service and scholarship

that is widely recognized and respected

in both the profession and the community.

Our Goals

1.  Prepare dental health professionals for leadership roles in clinical practice, public health, education, research, administration and advocacy.

2.  Provide patient-centered care that is culturally appropriate and based on current standards of practice.

3.  Foster an environment that promotes discovery, application and dissemination of evidence-based research.

4.  Promote a commitment to service through professional association involvement, community partnerships and interprofessional collaborations.

Visit Us

Is Pacific University right for you? The best way to tell is to come for a visit. You can talk with an admissions counselor and find out why those in the program chose Pacific University. Hillsboro Campus Video Tour

Contact Information

Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions
190 SE 8th Avenue, Suite 181
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Program Facts

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dental Hygiene

Program Length

2 years
(starts in August)

Average DHS Salary

In Oregon, the average hourly wage is $38.88 and average annual salary is $80,860 (Oregon Labor Marketing Information System 2013)
The national median hourly wage is $32.81 and the median annual salary is $68,250. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013)
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Additional Resources
Accreditation Information
Fact Sheet