Accreditation | Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene education programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association.

The Commission has established Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs to guide program administrators, faculty and staff in developing and maintaining acceptable quality in educational programs. These standards address outcomes assessment, administration, curriculum and instruction, faculty and staff, financial support and physical facilities and resources.


Professional Licensure General Disclosure

34 CFR § 668.43(a)(5)(v) and (c)

Pacific University provides this General Disclosure to students prior to enrollment or financial commitment. Successful completion of the dental hygiene program has been compared to the educational requirements for licensure or certification required for employment in each State and US Territory. If the program does not meet, or we are unable to determine that the education program meets the educational requirements, we have provided contact information to the licensing board for that State or Territory.

Students are advised to determine, prior to enrollment, whether the program meets licensure requirements in the State or Territory in which the Student is located.

Pacific University considers the U.S. State or Territory address included on the enrollment application as the student’s primary address. For student applicants who are members of any branch of the US Military, their assigned base or base of deployment is considered their legal residence.

Students must provide formal notification to Pacific University when the student’s legal residence has changed to another State or Territory and when the new State or Territory is listed on the table below and is noted as Does Not Meet or Unable to Determine.




Does Not Meet 

Unable to Determine

All 50 States*




District of Columbia (DC)




American Samoa (AS)




Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (PR)




Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (MP)



Health Care Professions Licensing Board, PO Box 502078, Saipan, MP 96950, (670) 664-4808/4809


Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Guam (GU)

Republic of Palau (PW) 

Republic of the Marshall Islands (ISO)

US Virgin Islands (VI)



Board of Medical Examiners, Professional Licensing and Health Planning, 3500 Estate Richmond, Christiansted, VI 00802, (340) 774-7477, ext. 5074


* If the degree-holder has a CODA accredited (Commission on Dental Accreditation) dental hygiene designation (RDH), they can be licensed to practice dental hygiene in any US jurisdiction once they satisfy applicable additional requirements unique to that state or territory. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by CODA and as such, meet educational criteria for licensure to practice dental hygiene in these jurisdictions. 


The program in dental hygiene at Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 800-621-8099, ext. 4653.


Dental Hygiene Studies National Board Exam Results