The bachelor of science in dental hygiene at Pacific's Hillsboro Campus is a two-year program designed for students who have completed prerequisite coursework. The program provides a broad educational experience along with technical skills, developed in state-of-the-art facilities. The dental hygiene program provides students with a variety of clinical opportunities, caring for diverse patient populations.

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Dental Hygiene Program Highlights

  • Learn from faculty who care deeply about your learning and success
  • Enjoy broad educational experiences that emphasize communication skills, critical thinking, cultural awareness, community service and professional leadership
  • Study in state-of-the-art classroom and clinical facilities at Pacific’s interdisciplinary Hillsboro Campus
  • Work alongside graduate students in physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, professional psychology, pharmacy, healthcare administration, and athletic training
  • Provide care to diverse patient populations in the 16-chair Dental Hygiene Clinic, with an emphasis on providing care for patients with limited access to dental care
  • 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



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7 to 9 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 9, 2024
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Kristen Thomas is an alum of Pacific University’s dental hygiene program, graduating in 2010. She then worked as a clinical restorative dental hygienist for several years in a managed care organization before pursuing a career in education.

Holly Erenfield graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2002 and has 17 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist. She completed her master’s degree in dental hygiene from the Ohio State University, focusing on education and leadership. 

Harbison has been practicing dental hygiene since 2000. In 2016, she returned to school to advance her dental hygiene knowledge and career, earning her master’s at Idaho State University.