Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

Pierce College Dental Hygiene program uses the Dental Hygiene Centralized Application System (DHCAS) through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

The ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS®) provides you and our program with accurate, streamlined and uniform data. All directions on how to submit official transcripts are on this site and an overview of the process is below.

Deadlines for 2022 Application Year

Admission Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH)

  1. Complete the Admissions Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH) between the testing dates of September 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021.The testing fee is  $125.00 paid to ATDH, not to Pierce College.
  2. We are able to allow applicants to re-take the ATDH test in the provided window posted in the ATDH Candidate Guide, Wednesday, December 15, 2021 through Saturday, January 15, 2022.
  3. Testing locations can be found here: ATDH Prometric Testing Locations, WA-OR
    • Closest test center to Pierce College:
      0211: Tacoma - Fife
      6021 12th Street East
      Suite 103
      Fife, WA 98424

Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS) - Opens October 29, 2021

Complete the American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS®) application by February 15, 2022 at 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT).

  • DHCAS Website
  • The 2022 application cycle will open October 29, 2021.

Pierce College Admissions

If you are not currently attending Pierce College or have not attended Pierce College in the last year, you will need to apply to the college. We are no longer requiring a Program Fee. Please visit Admissions and complete the admissions process under the category that applies to you (New, Returning, International).

ADEA DHCAS Directions

Before beginning the application on DHCAS, we highly recommend you watch the training video and visit the Help Center for a Quick Start Guide or questions:

DHCAS Application

The DHCAS application contains four sections.

1. Personal Information

Complete all portions.

2. Academic History

  • Input where you went to high school and that you graduated. There is no need to upload high school transcripts.
  • Order your official transcripts to be sent electronically to ADEA DHCAS, not Pierce College.
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow-up to ensure ADEA DHCAS receives the official transcripts.
    • Applications cannot be processed until ADEA DHCAS verifies official transcripts.
    • If you are completing dental hygiene prerequisites in Winter 2022, you will need to request a new official transcript(s) to be sent to DHCAS.
      • Winter transcripts must be requested by March 30.
      • Email proof of ordering your Winter transcripts to by March 30.
  • All completed and anticipated college courses through Winter 2022 must be added to DHCAS, not just the dental hygiene prerequisites.
  • In this section, you will select which courses you want considered for application. It is important to select the correct courses to the correct disciplines.

Note that we do not use all coursework for applicant selection; we only consider the prerequisites.

3. Supporting Information

Pierce College does not require any documentation in this area.

4. Program Materials - Four Documents

  • Proof of Admissions to Pierce College, Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
    • If you are a classified as a "current" student and do not need to reapply to Pierce College Admissions, please upload a copy of the last quarter you attended showing your courses. You can get a screen shot from the MyPierce site.
  • Proof of ordering Official Transcripts through Fall 2021
    • If you are completing dental hygiene prerequisites in Winter 2022, you will need to request a new official transcript(s) to be sent to DHCAS.
      • Winter transcripts must be requested by March 30.
      • Email proof of ordering your Winter transcripts to by March 30.
  • Proof of Ordering the Background Check. We highly recommend starting the process no later than December 2021.
    1. Go to the Castle Branch Website
    2. Create your account. Do not forget your username or password. You will need both in the event that you are offered a place in the program.
    3. Once you have created your account, in the “Place Order” field, enter the following package code: PH45
      This is specific to your organization and the program will automatically be able to access the information.
    4. If you are having issues with the application, please contact the Castle Branches Service Desk. Your myCB Service Desk is available to assist you via phone, chat and email Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST, 888-914-7279 or
  • Copy of your Standardized Test Score from the Admissions Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH)

Reasons for Invalidation

The following items invalidate an application. This list is not exhaustive:

  1. Failure to submit a completed application by the due date posted for the application year. Late applications are invalidated.
  2. Failure to follow and meet all academic and process criteria as outlined in the dental hygiene application process.
  3. Failure to complete the criminal background check by the application deadline.
  4. Failure to complete the ATDH test.
  5. Failure to correctly submit and meet subsequent due dates for documentation past the application due date.
  6. Failure to attain a minimum 2.5 GPA in any single dental hygiene prerequisite course and a cumulative 3.3 GPA in all dental hygiene prerequisite courses.
  7. Plagiarism or false representation in any way.
  8. Previous Pierce College Dental Hygiene students, who earned an academic or code of conduct dismissal, may be invalidated or their application points may be reduced up to 10 percent point value at final ranking.

Notification of Acceptance

All applicants will be notified of their offer of acceptance (conditional or unconditional), alternate status, or non-acceptance into the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program by Pierce College student email sent no later than the fourth Friday in April.