Dental Hygiene
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Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to provide a diverse learning community with a high quality, affordable curriculum which comprehensively prepares graduates to become competent, caring oral health care professionals. The Dental Hygiene faculty are dedicated to supporting an educational environment which facilitates open inquiry; provides a logical, integrated sequence of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences for students to attain program competencies; recognizes the personal responsibilities students have in the learning process; fosters the development of ethical and professional behaviors; performs continuous curriculum assessment and planning to respond to scientific and technological changes in the dental profession. The goals of the program are to:

  • prepare students with the scientific knowledge and clinical skills required of entry level dental hygienists; 
  • provide students with knowledge of the ethical and professional behaviors expected of licensed dental hygienists;
  • establish a foundation for life-long learning through literature research, critical and reflective thinking and science/evidence-based decision making;
  • develop a recognition of the dental health needs and the value of service to a culturally diverse community; and
  • prepare graduates for national and regional examinations leading to licensure.

Did You Know?

ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.


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