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Dental Hygiene

Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Dental Hygiene program prepares students to enter the healthcare workforce as entry-level Dental Hygienists who are competent in the provision of safe, ethical and effective dental hygiene care. The program aims to provide students with high quality didactic and clinical education in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills of Dental Hygiene as well as the promotion of life-long learning.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

National Board Exam Fee $250, Washington State License fee $190, Western Regional Exam Board's fee $2100, Jurisprudence Exam fee $50.



The curriculum consists of seven quarters, including a six-week summer quarter of full-time professional and clinical education preceded by 57 credits of prerequisite courses. The prerequisite science courses must be at least ten years current upon program entry; be measured by a proficiency examination; or be waived by special petition to the Dental Hygiene Director. The dental hygiene courses must be taken successively. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

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degrees and certificates

Dental Hygiene, AAS-T


Dental Assistant



Technology Dental Hygiene program believes the function of the Dental Hygienist is to provide safe and effective Dental Hygiene care to help people retain and improve their oral health for greater quality of life.  It is the philosophy of the Dental Hygiene program at LWTech to foster the acquisition of Dental Hygiene skills in a safe learning environment that supports communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, and to promote culturally sensitive, ethical, and compassionate care in the dental workplace.

This program has received accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation which allows students, upon graduation, to take the National Board Examination and the clinical licensing examination in the state where she or he plans to practice. Clinical experience is provided at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology dental clinic under the supervision of licensed dentists and licensed dental hygienists. Additional clinical experience occurs in a variety of off-campus settings located in the greater Seattle area.



LWTech's Continuing Education Local Anesthetic/Nitrous Oxide program is designed for:

  • Recent Dental Hygiene graduates who have graduated from an accredited Dental Hygiene program, are seeking licensure in Washington State, and plan to take the Western Regional Board Exam (WREB).

  • Registered Dental Hygienists seeking to update and expand their skills, or returning to practice.

All clinical training is supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dentists who are experienced in teaching expanded functions and licensed in Washington State.


Selective Admission

(425) 739-8300

Kirkland Campus
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034


Advising and Admissions

Admission to the Dental Hygiene program is different from admission to other college programs because students are selected on a competitive basis. This program has additional application and qualification requirements with application deadlines unique to the program.

  • Pre-allied heath  drop-in advising on Mondays 12-3pm in West 207.  Drop in advising is first come first serve.  Meeting last up to 15 minutes.  Students must have a LWTECH student number in order to use pre-allied health drop in advising        
  • Specialized advising is available before applying to the Dental Hygiene program (individualized Pre-Allied Health Advising online via live chat)  Register for Pre-Allied Health Advising

  • Please view the 2016 Online Information Session for Dental Hygiene Admission Process before registering for Pre-Allied Health Advising (this builds an information foundation that assists in better advising).

  • Dental Hygiene Information Session-Kirkland Campus
    Admissions/application specific information-No RSVP required to attend.

March 8, 2016

April 26, 2016

May 17, 2016

June 21, 2016

August 30, 2016

No session will be held in July 2016

Kirkland Campus
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Live ChatWhen offline, leave us a message with your Dental Hygiene admissions/application related questions.

 Application Deadline for Fall 2016 is March 28, 2016

2016 Dental Hygiene Application and Forms

2016 Supporting Information Document



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Bachelor's Degree Completion

Students with an AS/AAS/AAS-T in Dental Hygiene may earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. The classes are online and this is an innovative and new way for graduates of the Dental Hygiene program to earn a Bachelor's degree while working part or full time as clinical dental hygienists.

A minimum of 61 upper-division credits is required beyond the associate degree, and 45 of these credits must be earned from Eastern Washington University. The Eastern Washington Degree Completion Program typically takes two years; however, graduates can choose to finish it in one year.

dental clinic

The LWTech Dental Clinic is staffed by dental professionals including licensed dentists, dental hygienists, certified dental assistants and students serving patients oral health care needs. Our patients provide an important link to our dental team by giving the students opportunity to work on patients in a clinical setting.



Cecilia Baca
Full-Time Faculty

Cindy Ko
Full-Time Faculty

Kathy Amundsen
Part-Time Faculty

Elaine Black
Part-Time Faculty

Beth Davis, RDH, MS
Full-Time Tenured Faculty 

Mari Dever
Part-Time Faculty

Sahba Fatherazi
Part-Time Faculty

Monta Frost, RDH, MEd
Program Coordinator
Full-Time Tenured Faculty

Jill Gallagher
Part-Time Faculty
Marla Gallagher
Part-Time Faculty
Mike Houston
Part-Time Faculty
Nancy Kaley
Part-Time Faculty
Tracy Lambert
Part-Time Faculty
Danette Lindeman
Part-Time Faculty

Jill Mashburn
Part-Time Faculty

My Nguyen
Part-time faculty
Monica Seth
Part-Time Faculty

Michelle Wolf
Part-Time Faculty