CBC plans to move dental hygiene program to Richland
Posted Date: September 19, 2019So far, grants totaling $670,000 have been secured to offset the move.
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
Columbia Basin College landed its third grant this year to pay for moving its dental
hygiene program and clinic from Pasco to Richland.
CBC is committed to fully financing the cost—$4.29 million—to renovate the fourth
floor of the Wortman Medical Science Center, or about 85 percent of the total project
costs, and is seeking grant funds and donations to pay for new dental hygiene equipment.
CBC plans to open the new dental hygiene clinic in January 2020.
The Wortman Medical Science Center is home to Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s family
medicine residency clinic and other CBC health sciences programs.
The recent $100,000 grant comes from the Arcora Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated
to partnering with communities to improve oral health, will be used to buy and install
the new equipment.
CBC received a $250,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in May and $480,000
from the Rural Families Educational Fund for the dental hygiene clinic. The Rural
Families grant includes $320,000 for the build-out of the new Richland and $160,000
for a legacy endowment to promote continued education and subsidy of oral health care
services for migrant and low-income populations.
“Our decision to pursue a new dental clinic was largely influenced by recommendations
from our graduating students, dental hygiene accrediting board and local advisory
committee,” said CBC President Rebekah Woods in a news release. “At CBC, we are always
looking for ways to make improvements that positively impact our students, programs
The college’s dental hygiene program offers a bachelor of applied science degree and
operates a low-cost clinic where students provide oral health care to an average of
2,100 children, teens and adults each academic year.
The clinic at CBC provides dental X-rays and exams, teeth cleanings, oral hygiene
instructions, fluoride, whitening trays and restorative treatments.
The current clinic is located at CBC’s campus at 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco, and
clinic hours for the fall quarter are 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m. to
noon and 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays.
Care is provided by CBC students under the supervision of licensed dental hygiene
instructors and clinic dentists, and medical interpreting services are available for
The cost for a dental exam is $25, cleanings range from $35 to $180 and X-rays range
No insurance is required.
To schedule an appointment, call 509-542-4571.