University of Washington Department of Dental Public Health Sciences
If you are currently working in a different field but wish to pursue a dental
hygiene career, you need to apply to “pre-license” (“entry-level”) dental hygiene programs. The University of Washington does not offer such a
This also applies if you have earned any type of degree with a major other than dental hygiene—yes, also master’s and doctoral degrees, including any type of degree in dentistry. The programs to which you apply will inform you about prerequites, requirements
and transfer credits.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association offers at its website two lists of entry level programs in the USA:
You ought to contact all possible programs and check out their prerequisites
and requirements, also seek the assistance of your high school advisor.
It is advisable to apply for admission at several programs
What if you are planning to attend the University of Washington or are now a
matriculated student at the University of Washington? You have two options:
- Enroll in courses that at the University
of Washington that satisfy the prescribed
(prerequisite) courses for another college or university that offers
an entry-level dental hygiene
program. Then, transfer credits to an accredited dental hygiene program
that offers an entry program. (See above.)
- Complete a University of Washington bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) with a major
related to the basic or behavioral sciences or humanities, then apply to
hygiene program. (See above.)
A complete list of dental hygiene programs in the USA is found at the American
Dental Hygienists’ Association web site (http://www.adha.org/).