Dental Hygienist


Associate of Arts – DTA

Dental Hygiene might be a good fit for you if you are detail-oriented, patient, enjoy science and working closely with others. As you progress through your coursework, you will be afforded the opportunity to study chemistry, nutrition, anatomy, and of course, dental hygiene. A degree in Dental Hygiene opens up a tremendous number of career paths, ranging from education and research, to the corporate and public health sector. Graduates of dental hygiene programs typically find work in dental offices, nursing homes, various educational institutions and public health facilities.

Dental hygienists perform a wide range of duties that contribute to providing safe, ethical and effective patient care. These duties may include, but are not limited to, x-ray imaging of the mouth, general oral care including cleaning, polishing teeth and placing dental fillings, assisting in the administering of anesthetics, educating patients about oral hygiene, and providing additional preventive care.

Degree Program

Associate of Arts – DTA

Students wishing to earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene are able to complete their prerequisite courses for those degrees here at TCC, and have the option of completing additional courses to earn TCC’s Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree. Students will then be able to apply to specific Dental Hygiene programs in the area, such as at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Seattle Central College, Shoreline Community College, or Pierce College.

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Dental Hygienist

Career Options


While in high school, students should pursue all available courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology. Students should meet with an advisor as soon as they are admitted to Tacoma Community College.


Program Planning Notes

  • We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn an Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree, which will prepare them for application to various Dental Hygiene programs, such as Pierce College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH).

  •  The course planning guide above may exceed the requirements of some Dental Hygiene programs. Please consult the latest college catalog for the most up to date degree requirements. 

  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

  • At least 5 credits applied to the degree must be chosen from the Multicultural course list.
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences courses must be chosen from the Humanities and Social Sciences distribution course lists.

  • No more than 3 PE activity credits may be applied to the degree.
First Year
Fall Winter Spring

ENGL& 101

CHEM& 121

SOC& 101/201

PE 100

ENGL& 102/235

CHEM& 131

NUTR& 101

Math& 146/107

BIOL& 160

HUM& 101

Second Year
Fall Winter Spring

BIOL& 241



Social Sciences

BIOL& 242 

CMST& 101/220


BIOL& 260

PSYC& 100



Contact Us

Kim Davidson, Faculty Advisor in Dental Hygiene

Bldg. 15-334