The School of Dental Hygiene Studies (DHS) at Pacific University offers a bachelor of science in dental hygiene. This program includes two years of dental health courses completed at Pacific University, following completion of required prerequisite coursework. The school also operates a 16-chair Pacific Dental Hygiene Clinic at the Pacific University Hillsboro Campus and provides continuing education opportunities for dental hygienists.

Our Mission

We provide an outstanding education to prepare leaders in dental hygiene, compassionate patient care in a variety of settings 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

  • Prepare dental hygiene professionals for leadership roles in clinical practice, public health, education, research, administration and advocacy.
  • Provide equitable, inclusive and culturally appropriate patient-centered care that is based on current standards of practice.
  • Foster an environment that promotes discovery, application and dissemination of evidence-based research.
  • Promote a commitment to service through professional association involvement, community partnerships and interprofessional collaborations.

In Our Dental Hygiene Program

  • You will find faculty who care deeply about the learning process and are committed to your success in the program
  • You will enjoy a broad educational experience which emphasizes communication skills, critical thinking, cultural awareness, community service, and professional leadership
  • You will learn in a supportive environment which embraces creativity, flexibility, and diversity
  • You will study in state-of-the-art classroom and clinical facilities at our Hillsboro Campus along with graduate students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, professional psychology, pharmacy, healthcare administration and audiology
  • You will provide care to diverse patient populations in our 16-chair Dental Hygiene Clinic which provides dental health services to the community with special emphasis on patients who have limited access to dental care
  • You will complete clinic enrichment experiences in a variety of healthcare settings which include a dental school, public health clinic, community hospital, Indian Health Services dental clinic, managed care clinics and a long-term care facility
  • You will have a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study with students and faculty in Pacific University's other professional programs and through a broad range of community affiliations

Upcoming Events

All Day | Tuesday, May 31, 2022
All Day | Monday, July 4, 2022 to All Day | Friday, July 8, 2022
All Day | Friday, July 29, 2022
All Day | Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 to All Day | Friday, Aug. 5, 2022
7 to 8:30 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
All Day | Monday, Aug. 15, 2022


The Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute (OHWI) Pacific is providing free access to this online MSBR training for Pacific University health profession students, staff and faculty. The eight-week sessions begin Feb. 9.

The Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Program will have an accreditation site visit in March 2022. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will accept third-party comments in advance of this site visit through Jan. 10, 2022.

Danielle Hobbs received award at August commencement

Danielle Hobbs ’21 received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award from the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies.