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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 NBDH 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 63 credits of prerequisite college courses with a minimum GPA of 2.6 or higher for each course:
Communication Studies (select 8 credits) credit not granted for both CMST 101 and CMST 220.
Credit not granted for both CMST 110 and CMST 210.
Students must complete an application each year to be considered for entry into this program.
Dental Hygiene Application
The 2018 Dental Hygiene Application is now available. The complete application, transcripts, and test results are due January 10, 2018. Applications received or postmarked after that date may not be considered for fall, 2018, admission. The $29 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 in March, 2018. 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. The email will be followed up with a letter confirming acceptance. Satisfactory physical exams, 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. (please refer to timeline in the application for important dates regarding the application process).
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 "Universal Precautions" as outlined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). This is necessary to ensure that all necessary procedures are taken to minimize health risks to students, patients, staff, and visitors.
Universal Standards 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.
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