GradRates says value of Pacific University's undergraduate degree in dental hygiene makes it No. 1 in the nation.
Dental Hygiene (BSDH)
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.
- 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
In conjunction with partner Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and an engaged alumnus, the Pacific University dental van has been repurposed to help screen underserved patients for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
With Oregon focused on ways to improve some residents' access to health services, Professor Amy Coplen, who directs the School of Dental Hygiene Studies, told a radio audience about Pacific's dental therapy program.