Dental Hygiene Program

University of the Pacific offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene for qualified students. In addition to clinical practice, the baccalaureate hygiene degree allows entry into numerous positions in teaching, research, administration, public health, private industry, and other areas of hygiene practice. The degree doubles as a strong catalyst for applications in advanced degree programs.

Students learn to provide preventive clinical care for patients with emphasis on recognition, treatment and prevention of oral diseases. In addition to performing a variety of preventive and therapeutic functions, the dental hygienist also has a major role in counseling and educating patients, community groups and other health professionals. The curriculum helps students build the educational, communication, and clinical skills necessary to work in co-therapy with the dental team. The dental hygiene program's mission is to educate individuals who, upon completion of the program, will be professionally competent to provide quality dental hygiene care in an evolving profession. Our program also provides opportunities for community-based, experiential learning.

San Francisco Location

The clinical portion of the dental hygiene program takes place at University of the Pacific's San Francisco campus, home to other dental programs offered at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. This provides increased connection to the school's San Francisco-based dental clinics and programs; enhanced intraprofessional opportunities in the field of oral healthcare; opportunities for dental hygiene students to learn alongside dental students in the DDS, IDS and residency programs; and a large base of patients who utilize the school's clinics. The San Francisco campus is a state-of-the-art facility located in the South of Market (SoMa) district and is highly accessible by all major forms of public transportation, including BART/Muni.  

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Announcement: Accreditation Process

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program will undergo an accreditation site visit on April 2-3, 2019. Please be advised that third-party comments pertaining to the accreditation standards relative to the dental hygiene program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process will be accepted until February 3, 2019.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 800-621-8099, extension 4653. Comments should be made in writing to the same mailing address.

Office of Admissions
phone: 209.946.2211