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Prospective Students

We are pleased you have expressed interest in Eastern Washington University, and particularly in the Dental Hygiene Department.

Completion of the dental hygiene curriculum requires a minimum of four full academic years of study. The first two years focus on a broad spectrum of courses, which include; general education core requirements, competencies, and proficiencies, as well as basic science courses, that prepare students for the dental hygiene major. Once admitted to the program, students combine dental hygiene lecture and clinical coursework over a two-year period on a sememster system. Upon satisfactory completion of program and university requirements, students receive a Bachlor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree.

Dental hygiene graduates are eligible to take national, regional, and state licensing examinations. Successful completion of the examinations enable baccalaureate dental hygienists to seek employment in private dental practices, health clinics, school programs, public health programs, hospitals, nursing homes, industrial clinics, college dental hygiene programs, corporations, and research. Employment opportunities for dental hygienist are good; excellent in some rural areas. The dental hygiene faculty at Eastern consists of full-time and part-time dental hygienists and dentists. Their diverse educational backgrounds and strong clinical expertise provide an excellent professional learning atmosphere for students.

Please call or e-mail if you have any questions regarding the dental hygiene department.

The following information may be useful to you:

  • Tours of the dental hygiene department (on the Spokane campus only), can be scheduled by calling the Dental Hygiene Office at: 509.828.1317 (at least one week in advance of your planned arrival).
  • Tours of the Eastern Washington University Cheney campus can be scheduled by calling the Admissions office at: 509.359.2397 (at least one week in advance of your planned arrival).
  • Cheney Campus housing: 509.359.2451.
  • Financial Aid Office: 509.359.2314.
  • Eastern Washington University website:


Applications will be available October 15, 2016.
The final deadline for 2017 admission applications is February 15th, 2017.

Accepted students in the 2017 admissions cycle will begin in the fall of 2017.

The selection process involves a competitive ranking of major and minor factors.


  • 50% of the application value will be the gpa in the 5 sciences (3 if on a semester system) and any previous dental hygiene coursework.

  • 20% of the application value will be the cumulative gpa in all college coursework.

  •  10% of the application value will be the score on the HSRT (Health Sciences Reasoning Test).

  • 20% of the application value will be the score received during the interview.

  • Achievement of a college degree (BA, BS, MS, MA).

  • 2nd Application.

  • Total number of credits taken each quarter/semester.


One of the following must be completed in order to apply:

  1. 20 documented hours of observation of dental hygienist(s) in practice (in one or more offices). Please download the observation hours form to document your hours.
  2. 20 documented hours of volunteer work (in one or more dental offices).
  3. 3 documented months of paid employment, full or half-time (in one or more dental offices).

NOTE: Dental office experience opportunities (with the exception of #1 above) may be limited if Hepatitis B vaccine series has not been initiated or completed.

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