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The Dental Hygiene program at Columbia Basin College requires an expenditure of approximately $37,000 for tuition, books, uniforms, 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 click here to view tuition 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.
Effective for Fall 2020 admission, a total of two (2) pre-requisites can be retaken, each retake one-time only to be applied towards admission to the program.
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Dental Hygiene Application
The Dental Hygiene program at Columbia Basin College is participating in the American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) 2019-2020 application cycle. Applicants applying to the entry level baccalaureate program for 2020 enrollment will apply online using the ADEA DHCAS application. To learn more about ADEA DHCAS, please visit www.adea.org/dhcas.
The 2020 Dental Hygiene Application opens November 1, 2019 and closes April 1, 2020. DHCAS needs 1-2 weeks before the deadline to process transcripts. Please try to avoid submitting last minute applications. For full admission points, finish courses by the end of Winter Quarter. Partial consideration will be given to Spring Quarter course enrollment.
Prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring Quarter of the year you are applying for. (For Fall, 2020 applicants all course work must be completed by the end of Spring Quarter, 2020).
Testing for Admission: HESI A2 (Health Education Systems, Inc.)
This required admissions test may be taken through the Columbia Basin College Assessment Center by calling 509-542-4860. Comprehensive information for applicants who attend CBC or live outside of this area is available.
Forms for Application
Completion Plan (required) Please print and upload this form and include with your online application. Completion Plan for CBC Dental Hygiene
Volunteer From (optional for extra points) Please print and upload this form and include with your online
application. Volunteer Hours for CBC Dental Hygiene Application
ALTA Language Testing (for additional points)
Students with a second language are invited to take proficiency tests through ALTA Language Services. The tests are administered through the Columbia Basin College Assessment Center. The categories of testing are Listening and Speaking as well as Reading Comprehension. Two points are given for the successful completion of each test. For more ALTA Language information please contact the Assessment Center at 509-542-4860.
After the applications have been evaluated by Student Records and the Dental Hygiene department, the top 30 applicants will be invited via email on April 13, 2020 to attend the second stage of the admission process on May 1, 2020. Additional points will be added to application totals after the Admissions Day meeting.
Accepted applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance into the CBC Dental Hygiene program by May 8, 2020. 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 August 13, 2020. Information regarding HIV-AIDS course and Basic Life Support CPR will be also presented to Accepted Applicants August 13th.
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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