Dental Hygiene Program
Dental Hygienists change lives one smile at a time! Choose a career path in which
the future is literally in your hands.
In the process of earning your Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Dental Hygiene Degree, you will gain practical skills, knowledge and confidence to make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of your patients.
The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Dental Hygiene program is a Bachelor of Applied Science
in Dental Hygiene degree program that requires full-time classroom and clinical instruction
during the final two years (seven quarters).
The educational objective of the program is to prepare students who, upon graduation and successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and Regional Board exams in Local Anesthesia, Restorative and Clinical Dental Hygiene, will be able to apply for licensure and practice Dental Hygiene. This program has limited enrollment.
Information Sessions are offered regularly throughout the year to give you an opportunity
to meet the Director of Dental Hygiene, Counseling and Financial Aid. Information
is provided regarding required prerequisites, the application process, and progression
through the curriculum. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions
about the program.
If you need individual assistance after viewing or attending an information session, please call the Counseling Center at 509-542-5505 to make an appointment.
The Dental Hygiene program at CBC 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. Upon graduation, students must take the NBDHE (National Board Dental Hygiene Exam) and a Regional board exam that includes Clinical boards on Local Anesthesia, Restorative (placing fillings on a typodont) and a Clinical board on a patient. These costs are in addition to the quoted cost of the program and are the responsibility of the student. Successful completion of these exams are required for licensure.
The Dental Hygiene program offers low cost dental care to adults, teens and children
in our community. Procedures are performed by students in the program and are supervised
by local dentists and also registered dental hygienists who are faculty members in
Dental Hygiene Clinic
Support the Patient Care Fund
Your support enables CBC Dental Hygiene students to provide non-surgical periodontal therapy (NSPT) to those in need in our community. In order for the students to provide comprehensive inital periodontal therapy for one patient, it costs our clinic $312. The Patient Care Fund provides funds to cover the cost of four quadrants (full mouth) of NSPT, re-evaluation, and one periodontal maintenance cleaning. This service provides vital training to our students while making a real and tangible difference in the lives of our patients.