Dental Hygiene
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Department Notes

  • Dental Hygiene courses are integrated and sequenced in a specific manner to enable students to attain program competencies. Candidates admitted to clinical courses must enroll in all courses required during each semester. All required courses must be passed each semester in order to advance to the following semester. Dental Hygiene courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence. General Education courses may be taken in advance but may not be taken later than the prescribed schedule. Note that Dental Hygiene courses are offered only once each year, not each semester.
  • The SUNY Allied Health Report, completed by a physician, is required prior to the start of clinical experiences to assure that students are in good physical and mental health and capable of performing program requirements. Failure to submit the report to the Dental Hygiene Department by the start of classes will prevent progression in the program.
  • Hepatitis B immunization is required or a signed declination. Annual influenza immunization is strongly recommended.
  • Due to the nature of the clinical experiences in ECC's Dental Hygiene Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Program instruction includes training in infectious diseases, mechanisms of transmission and current infection control protocols required in clinical practice. During patient treatment experiences, students must strictly adhere to standard precautions and infection control procedures outlined by OSHA, the CDC and the department's Infection/Hazard Control manual to assure a safe working environment and to minimize the risk of infection due to contact with blood or saliva. The manual is available for review.
  • Dental Hygiene students are expected to manifest exemplary ethical and professional behaviors and must adhere to the College Code of Conduct and the Dental Hygiene Profession Code of Ethics and the Student Professional Code of Ethics developed by each class. Academic dishonesty or other unprofessional conduct is subject to review by elected students of the Dental Hygiene Professional Honor Council and faculty and may result in disciplinary action.
  • Students may be excluded from clinical courses when in the judgment of the college they are unable to provide safe patient care or have demonstrated unprofessional behavior. Appropriate professional conduct is outlined in clinical manuals provided to students. Specific clinical attire is prescribed by the faculty. Jewelry (including piercings of the head, neck and mouth), rings and artificial fingernails are not permitted in the clinics in order to comply with infection control standards and assure professional decorum.
  • Textbooks, instruments, uniforms and supplies prescribed by faculty are required.
  • Malpractice insurance, accident insurance and membership in the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association are required of students in clinics. Student health insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Students must participate in clinical practice activities as clinicians and as patients.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus assignments.
  • Students are required to recruit patients for treatment at scheduled clinical practice sessions.
  • Special attention should be given to course pre-requisites during schedule planning. Students are responsible for knowing admission requirements and department policies and must meet with their Dental Hygiene academic advisors each semester.
  • "C-" is the minimum passing grade in all required courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum. The grading system for Dental Hygiene is: A = 94-100; B = 87-93; C = 80-86. Class/lab/clinic attendance is required for maximum learning and practice opportunities. Unexcused absences may negatively affect final grades.
  • Withdrawal from or failure of a required course after admission to the Dental Hygiene curriculum results in program dismissal. Program re-entry may be considered on a space available basis by faculty who will evaluate the merits of a re-entry request and, if approved, will prescribe the appropriate courses/requirements for re-entry. Program re-entry is not permitted after a second attempt. Course withdrawal, as well as failure, is considered an attempt. Students who fail more than one (1) course will not be re-admitted.
  • Note that DH 100, DH 150, DH 200 and DH 250 are clinical courses which include two or more lecture modules. EACH module must be passed in order to pass the clinical course.
  • If continuous registration in the program cannot be maintained, faculty will prescribe the appropriate courses and requirements for re-entry. The department reserves the right to have returning students demonstrate skills and knowledge through written, oral, laboratory, and/or clinical evaluation.
  • To assure current and adequate preparation for licensure examinations at graduation, transfer credit for biomedical sciences may only be granted for courses taken within the past five (5) years. To assure proper preparation for clinical practice and licensure examinations, transfer credits for dental courses are not available.

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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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