Dental Hygiene Program
PO Box 22520,
Yakima WA 98907-2520
Phone (509) 574-4916
Fax (509) 574-6875
Updated November 2015
Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Approved by SBCTC
The Dental Hygiene Program at Yakima Valley Community College recently received approval from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to transition to a Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH). Pending approval by the Northwest Commission on Accreditation for Community and Technical Colleges, the implementation goal for the BASDH transition is September 2016.
This degree transition will not alter the program curriculum content or length. One additional pre-requisite course, English 203, will be required. Students selected for enrollment in September 2016 will be required to complete English 203 prior to Dental Hygiene Program completion. Additionally, tuition will change to standard BAS rates.
Application procedures in the YVCC Dental Hygiene Program are subject to change. To insure current information, it is important to request a new application packet each year (updated in July). You may request the information by phone (509-574-4916) or download the information using the links on the left side of this page.
EARLY ALL APPLICATION DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT BY THE FIRST FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY OF THE YEAR OF APPLICATION. IT IS BENEFICIAL TO INITATE COMPLETION OF APPLICATION MATERIALS EARLY SO THAT THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE CAN BE MET SUCCESSFULLY.
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Applicants reapplying must compete a current Dental Hygiene Application on the Web. Applicants must submit new transcripts as appropriate. Applicants must submit a new prerequisite course plan. Submit applicable additional dental work experience verification.
REAPPLICATION AFTER PREVIOUS DISMISSAL
If a student has previously been dismissed from the Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program or any professional program for failure to comply with ethical or professional standards, the student will not be considered for admission into the dental hygiene program.
If application materials previously submitted are unchanged and the applicant wishes to use those materials with the current application, the applicant is required to submit a written request for previous documentation to be transferred to the current application.
PREVIOUS ENROLLMENT IN A DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM
It is mandatory to report previous enrollment in any dental hygiene program. The dental hygiene department reserves the right to obtain copies of all clinical evaluations and a letter substantiating good standing from the dental hygiene program previously attended.
Attention Dental Hygiene Applicant: The Dental Hygiene Information packet is intended to explain the requirements for application to the Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program. Please read the entire packet carefully. In addition, contact a dental hygiene advisor (as well as a general college advisor) to answer relevant questions, and to assist in efficiently managing the application requirements. Information from the program faculty advisors and the program assistant is most reliable. Application policies and procedures are updated each year. Consult program advisors or the Website in July of the current year, for the most current information.
Interested parties are welcome to visit the dental hygiene department/clinic to view the facilities and to observe the clinical and preclinical sessions. It is also helpful to visit with the students to help understand the commitment that is necessary while enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Students interested in the Dental Hygiene Program are encouraged to meet and maintain contact with the full-time faculty advisor in a Dental Hygiene department as well as meet with a college counselor/advisor to explore career options.