The following information is required before applicants begin the first quarter of the first year of the Dental Hygiene Program:

  • Upon acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program, a $275.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a position into the Dental Hygiene Program. The deposit will be applied toward the $9,350-$10,000 instrument issue cost.
  • The following must be completed and the results provided to the YVC Dental Hygiene Department by the first Friday in September.
    • A physical examination administered within six months is required prior to entering the program. The examining physician's signature attests to the health status which allows the dental hygiene student's performance of the essential skills of the dental hygiene profession. The examination is to include the status of health and a muscular-skeletal evaluation.
  • A current vision examination is required and includes an evaluation of depth perception, color contrast and detail identification. Students will be required to wear safety glasses with side shields in all pre-clinical and clinical activities.
  • A recent dental examination is desired. Full mouth radiographs may be taken as part of the curriculum learning experience. If entering students have been diagnosed with periodontal disease that requires treatment or routine periodontal maintenance, the required treatment needs to be completed prior to entry into the program.
  • Current Health Care Providers First Aid and CPR/AED cards are required. All students are required to obtain CPR certification. The certification must cover One-person & Two-person Adult C.P.R. and Obstructed Airway Management, Child and Infant C.P.R. and Obstructed Airway Management for healthcare Professional.
  • Upon enrollment, students are required to sign a statement of "Academic Achievement" and an "Informed Acknowledgement and Consent to Hazards and Risks" form, which is part of the YVCC Dental Hygiene Policies and Procedures Handbook. In addition, students are required to acknowledge and sign other appropriate procedural documents.
  • An orientation session (enrolled students only) is scheduled for the first week of classes in September and is designed to provide program information and build community and team skills.
  • The YVC student instrument issue packages are required of all incoming students. The required issue packages must be purchased through the dental hygiene program.
  • The current estimated cost of the instrument packages is approximately $9300-$10000.


Students and employees of Yakima Valley College are not required to disclose information about their HIV status. Neither employment nor student admission into the Department of Dental Hygiene may be denied based on HIV status. Washington State Dental and Dental Hygiene licensure or license renewal is not limited by HIV status. However, by law, when performing health care functions, dental hygienists must protect the health and safety of the public. According to the Washington State Administrative code 18.130.180, Regulation of the Health Professions-Uniform Disciplinary Act. "Engaging in a profession involving contact with the public while suffering from a contagious or infectious disease involving serious risk to public health" constitutes unprofessional conduct which may result in denial of licensure. 


  • Tuberculosis : All YVC Allied Health Programs require a one time two-step PPD test to establish a base line. The second PPD test is administered in 1 to 3 weeks after the first.). If you have or have had a positive PPD test, a chest x-ray is required for YVC student to demonstrate no active Tuberculosis. YVC requires anyone who had a positive PPD to sign a yearly screening form that testifies that they have had no tuberculosis symptoms since their last Chest X-Ray. Once the student has a positive PPD skin test, no further skin tests are done since once positive, always positive. A person, who has been exposed to tuberculosis, must have a repeat of the PPD Test.
  • Tetanus (Td): Tetanus is usually done every 10 years. However, Allied Health Programs at YVC require a Tetanus booster to be given in the last 8 years to cover the student while in 1-2 years in the program.
  • Rubeola, Mumps: Adults born prior to 1957 are considered immune, but MMR titers are required. Adults born in 1957 or later should have received at least two doses of MMR in a life time. In addition, MMR Titers are required within the last 5-10 years. The titer tests will tell you if you have antibodies from previous exposure; if so, no further MMR immunizations are required. If titers for Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and Rubella do not prove immunity, one MMR injection is required.
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B): Three injections are required over a six month period. The second dose must be at least one month after the first dose; the third dose is administered 6 month after the first. Documentation must be in the student's file, proving the first two injections have been completed prior to the first Clinical Procedure Lab. The third injection must be scheduled and received prior to externship. Hepatitis B injections can be further apart. For example, if you had one injection five years ago, you would pick up where you left off.
  • Hepatitis A (Hep A): Currently not required, but strongly recommended for all health care professionals. Two injections are required. The second one must be at least 6 months after the first one. Yakima is a high risk area for Hep A.
  • ​Varicella (Chicken Pox): You Cannot Be Pregnant And Must Not Become Pregnant For The Next Month. YV C Allied Health students must provide proof of Varicella immunization, titer, or signed a form testifying that the student has had chicken pox. If there is no history of having neither chicken pox nor Varicella Immunizations; then two Varicella injections are required 4-6 weeks apart. If the student has had chicken pox, they must sign a form testifying that they have a history of Varicella.​