School of Dental Hygiene Studies

School

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.

At the School of Dental Hygiene Studies

  • 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

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Mindfulness

Students registered with the College of Health Professions, plus CHP faculty and staff, are invited to a free eight-week program incorporating mindfulness-based stress reduction, resilience, and mindful communication techniques geared towards health care professionals and students. Register for a June 30 orientation. Classes begin July 7. 

Pacific University students, instructors, and practitioners in healthcare profession programs are invited to take part in Toward a Health Presence — a free eight-week online training designed to support stress reduction and resilience.

Upcoming Events

Aug
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7 to 8:30 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
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7 to 9 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
Aug
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All Day | Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 to All Day | Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
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23
All Day | Monday, Aug. 23, 2021
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Nov
22
All Day | Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 to All Day | Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
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Nov
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Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
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All Day | Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
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All Day | Friday, July 29, 2022
Hillsboro