Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

An Accredited Program for a High-Demand Career

Dental Hygiene student working on a patient

Since 1970, graduates of PCC's Dental Hygiene program have been in high demand because of their reputation for excellent patient care and quality skills. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for the state and regional licensure examinations and for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. In addition, our courses are fully transferable to four-year institutions, and the program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA). This is the link to file comments and/or complaints with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) about the program in relation to Accreditation Standards. To view CODA Dental Accreditation standards please go to Standards for Allied Dental Education Programs.

All primary functions are taught to clinical competency standards as approved by the Oregon Board of Dentistry for dental hygienists. A broad-based education in dental sciences, clinical techniques, biological sciences and humanities prepares the graduate for work in private practice and community settings.


In this program you can earn the following:

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

When all course work is completed with a C grade or higher, the student is eligible to sit for the National Board Examination and the Western Regional Board Examinations. Only after graduation from the program and successful completion of both board examinations is a student eligible for licensure. Licensure requires finger printing and Criminal Activity Disclosure. Questions regarding this requirement may be directed to the Oregon Board of Dentistry at 503-229-5520.

What's Next?

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  1. Attend a Dental Program Information Session.
  2. If you do not have the required program prerequisites (see Catalog), apply for admission to PCC, register and complete prerequisites.
    • For more information about prerequisites and transferring credits, refer to the Health Admissions Office Getting Started page.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the selection criteria and apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
  4. The 2017 Dental Hygiene application will be posted in early December 2016. Applications will be accepted from January 1 to April 17, 2017 at 5pm. We will not accept applications before January 1, 2017.