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The Dental Hygiene program at Columbia Basin College requires an expenditure of approximately $25,000 for supplies and equipment during the two-year program. These figures are estimates and subject to change. Approximately $7,000 will be needed prior to the beginning of the first quarter. During the last year of the program, students will be required to take both the NBDHE exam and the Regional Board exams, which have additional costs, prior to being licensed to practice as a dental hygienist. Please consult the CBC website for costs associated with bachelor degree programs.
Must complete all of the 68 credits of prerequisite college courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher for each course with the exception of requiring an overall cumulative minimum GPA of 2.6 for the science courses (A&P I and II, Microbiology and Chemistry). A total of two (2) pre-requisite courses can be retaken, each retake one time only to be applied towards admission to the program.
Select 5 credits from the following:
Dental Hygiene Application
The 2019 Dental Hygiene Application will be available early November, 2018. The complete application, transcripts, and test results are due mid February, 2019. Applications received or postmarked after that date may not be considered for Fall, 2019, admission. The program application fee must be included/attached to the application. Please turn in your completed application and any additional materials to Student Records in the HUB on the Pasco campus.
After the applications have been evaluated by Student Records and the Dental Hygiene department, the top 30 applicants will be invited via email to attend the group interview the end of March, 2019. Additional points will be added to application totals after the Group Interview meeting.
Accepted applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance into the CBC Dental Hygiene program by the end of April, 2019. The email will be followed up with a letter confirming acceptance.
Satisfactory required immunization records and a national background check provided by the college-approved vendor must be completed and submitted before the first day of Dental Hygiene classes. Details of these requirements will be provided at orientation in July. Information regarding HIV-AIDS course and Basic Life Support CPR will be also presented to Accepted Applicants in July.
Individuals who are involved in the provision of dental hygiene services may be exposed to blood borne pathogens that may result in human disease. The Dental Hygiene program adheres to the practice of "Standard Precautions" as outlined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). This is necessary to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to minimize health risks to students, patients, staff, and visitors. Standard Precautions apply to all facility personnel, faculty, and students who, under normal daily tasks, may anticipate contact with blood and other potentially infectious material containing organisms such as HIV, HBV, and HBC.
Accepted Applicants will participate as a mock patient with student partners throughout their two years of Dental Hygiene school.
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