Dental Hygiene

Information about our Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene is a great profession and health career option. It focuses on preventive dentistry and oral health promotion and leads to jobs in clinical practice, educational institutions and industry, for the most part.

In the United States you must acquire a license to practice dental hygiene. The programs for study are referred to as “pre-license” or “entry-level”.

If you have graduated successfully from an accredited dental hygiene entry-level program you may continue your academic education at the bachelor, master or doctoral degree level. As of May 2009, there are three doctoral programs in the USA for dental hygienists.

To find the information appropriate to your status and goal, please click on the links below.

Learn More about a Career in Dental Hygiene

High School Students

If you are a high school student wishing or considering to pursue a career in dental hygiene, you need to apply to “pre-license” (“entry-level”) dental hygiene programs. The University of Washington does not offer such a program.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association offers at its website two lists of entry-level programs in the USA:

You ought to contact all possible programs and check out their prerequisites and requirements, also seek the assistance of your high school advisor. It is advisable to apply for admission at several programs.

UW Students

What if you are planning to attend the University of Washington or are now a matriculated student at the University of Washington? You have two options:

  1. Enroll in courses at the University of Washington that satisfy the prescribed (prerequisite) courses for another college or university that offers an entry-level dental hygiene program. Then, transfer credits to an accredited dental hygiene program that offers an entry-level program.
  2. Complete a University of Washington bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) with a major related to the basic or behavioral sciences or humanities, then apply to an entry-level dental hygiene program.

Career Change

If you are currently working in a different field but wish to pursue a dental hygiene career, you need to apply to “pre-license” (“entry-level”) dental hygiene programs. The University of Washington does not offer such a program.

This also applies if you have earned any type of degree with a major other than dental hygiene—yes, also master’s and doctoral degrees, including any type of degree in dentistry. The programs to which you apply will inform you about prerequisites, requirements and transfer credits.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association offers at its website two lists of entry level programs in the USA:

You ought to contact all possible programs and check out their prerequisites and requirements, also seek the assistance of your high school advisor. It is advisable to apply for admission at several programs

What if you are planning to attend the University of Washington or are now a matriculated student at the University of Washington? You have two options:

  1. Enroll in courses that at the University of Washington that satisfy the prescribed (prerequisite) courses for another college or university that offers an entry-level dental hygiene program. Then, transfer credits to an accredited dental hygiene program that offers an entry program. (See above.)
  2. Complete a University of Washington bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) with a major related to the basic or behavioral sciences or humanities, then apply to an entry-level dental hygiene program. (See above.)

Degree Completion

The University of Washington no longer has a dental hygiene degree-completion program.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association offers at its website two lists of degree-completion programs in the USA:

You ought to contact all possible programs and check out their prerequisites and requirements. It is advisable to apply for admission at several programs.

Graduate Degrees

Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene

The University of Washington Master’s Program for Dental Hygienists focuses on advanced study in oral biology and its relation to basic medical and clinical sciences. The program prepares one to contribute to the understanding of basic biologic processes as well as behavioral, biomedical, and clinical aspects of oral health. Its primary aim is to advance the academic education of dental hygienists who seek careers at colleges or universities. Learn more about the MS in Dental Hygiene.

Persons must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the Graduate Program in Oral Biology for entry into this program.

Master’s degree programs in dental hygiene offered at other institutions in the USA are listed by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Doctoral Degree in Dental Hygiene

Currently there are three programs designated at the doctoral level for dental hygienists. Refer to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association list of master’s degree programs for further information.

Patients and Providers

Are you a patient or health care provider trying to communicate with dental or dental hygiene service providers at the University of Washington?

Sorry. You have reached the wrong address.

Please go to the University of Washington School of Dentistry Patient Care site to find the contact information you are seeking.

A list of reduced-cost dental hygiene or dental services can be found at the sites of Washington State dental hygiene educational programs, professional organizations, county public health dental agencies.

Washington State License

Are you a licensed dental hygienist in or from another state looking to obtain a license to practice dental hygiene in Washington State?

Please visit the site of the Washington State Dental Hygiene Examining Committee’s information online.

For questions of continuing education you may also contact University of Washington Continuing Dental Education.

Contact

Physical Address:
1959 N.E. Pacific Street
Health Sciences Building B-224
University of Washington
Seattle,WA 98195-7475, USA

Mailing Address:
Dental Hygiene
Box 357475
University of Washington
Seattle,WA 98195-7475, USA

Telephone: 206-543-5477
E-Mail: kah@uw.edu (Advisor: Kathy Hobson)

Links

A complete list of dental hygiene programs in the USA is found at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association web site.