Dental Hygiene (BSDH)

Major

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.

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

Headlines

Dental Hygiene Student

Pacific's dental hygiene program has always been on the forefront of it's field, thanks in part to the leadership of founding director Lisa Rowley. Today, Rowley remains a generous supporter of dental hygiene students, and the school is piloting innovations in dental care.

Riley Plank '20 treats a patient

Pacific University’s School of Dental Hygiene Studies will participate in a pilot project to help determine the feasibility of adding a dental therapist to a patient’s dental care team. Dental therapists can perform many of the preventive treatments of a dental hygienist and some of the procedures a dentist provides, but do not hold doctorates in dentistry.

Celebration of Giving inductee awards

University inducts one new member of 1849 Society and 10 new members of President's Circle.

Upcoming Events

Feb
12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
Hillsboro, Hillsboro Campus Building 2, Atrium Courtyard 175
Feb
26
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
Hillsboro, Creighton Hall, 514, 516
Mar
18
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Hillsboro, Creighton Hall, 514, 516
Mar
23
All Day | Monday, March 23, 2020 to All Day | Friday, March 27, 2020
Apr
1
All Day | Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Hillsboro
Apr
15
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Hillsboro, Creighton Hall, 411
Apr
24
All Day | Friday, April 24, 2020