The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. It is designed to train a person for technical work in a dental office. Dental Hygiene services are provided under the supervision of a licensed dentist and are governed by the state dental practice acts. The services which constitute dental hygiene practice may include, but are not limited to: obtaining patient’s dental and medical histories; counseling patients on dental care; supervising oral hygiene practices; removing stains and deposits from teeth; exposing, processing, mounting, and reading dental radiographs; applying certain topical agents; and performing other services relating to mouth care.
Completion of the Pre-Dental Hygiene curriculum does not guarantee acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program. Enrollment is limited.
Students are required to first enroll in a year (31 hours) of pre-dental hygiene courses. A student must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the Pre-Dental Hygiene curriculum to qualify for admission.
The Dental Hygiene Program is a two year Associate Degree Program. The schedule is fixed and all classes meet in the Dental Hygiene Department. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course to move into the next semester.