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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

The Registered Dental Hygienist is a licensed health care professional dedicated to the maintenance of optimal oral health and the prevention of oral disease. These professional goals are accomplished through community oral health education, through delivery of preventive dental health services to individuals and through highly skilled patient treatment. Professional responsibilities vary by state or province but generally include the following clinical skills: perform thorough patient assessment, including review of health history; recording vital signs; head and neck inspection; oral cancer screening and dental charting; develop individualized oral self-care strategies; educate patients on the value of good oral health and its relationship to systemic health; perform various types of dental imaging; administer and monitor infiltration local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation; remove deposits and stains from the teeth; apply chemotherapeutic agents to treat or prevent dental diseases; and manage special needs and medically compromised patients.

Dental Hygiene offers exceptional career opportunities to men and women of all ages and backgrounds.  Most graduates are employed in general or specialty dental practices.  Alternate practice settings include hospital clinics, community health agencies, nursing homes, extended care facilities, public health agencies, schools, public and private agencies, health maintenance organizations and the military.  Graduates may continue their education in baccalaureate or higher degree programs to expand their career options to teaching, research, management, professional consulting or the dental products industry.

Dental hygienists are licensed by the state or province in which they plan to practice. Generally, candidates for licensure must be graduates of an accredited dental hygiene program, must pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination taken near graduation and must pass a state or regional clinical examination. New York State uses the American Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination (ADEX) administered by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA). Many states now accept this examination for licensure. Candidates are encouraged to contact other jurisdictions in which they wish to be licensed to ensure that the ADEX licensure exam will fulfill the requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction. Applicants for licensure in New York must be of good moral character and will be subject to special review if criminal charges are pending or there has been a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction. Questions concerning these requirements may be directed to the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professionals, State Board of Dentistry.

Dental hygienists are valuable members of the dental health care team who work with dentists to provide oral health services to patients. They enjoy helping people, welcome challenging opportunities, perform detailed work and have an interest in life sciences. As a respected member of the dental team, dental hygienists can have a positive influence on the health of others, play a key role in the prevention of oral diseases which may impact systemic health, and enjoy a flexible, rewarding career.

Admissions Requirements

  • The Dental Hygiene course sequence begins in the fall semester only. Applicants are responsible for knowing admission requirements. Admission is competitive and is limited to 60 students. Applications are completed online and must be received by the North Campus Admissions Office by February 1st for consideration. Applications or courses completed after the deadline will only be evaluated on a space-available basis. Official transcripts must be received by the North Campus Admission Office by February1st.  Failure to submit transcripts will prevent application review. Acceptance is contingent on satisfactory Accuplacer test results.
  • The online application may be found at https://www.ecc.edu/admissions/. The competitive, selective admission process has the goal of identifying highly qualified candidates who demonstrate the academic potential for successfully completing the Dental Hygiene program. Potential students are strongly encouraged to spend time in a dental practice or clinic to observe the patient care environment and confirm interest in a dental hygiene career.  To be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene program, applicants must demonstrate academic achievement. The following minimum requirements must be met for evaluation and ranking of an application:
    1. Reading and writing skills must be at the EN 100 level as determined by the Accuplacer test results or equivalent.  Developmental courses must be completed prior to consideration for program entry.
    2. Mathematics skills must be at or above the MT 006 level (basic algebra) as determined by the Accuplacer test results or equivalent. Developmental courses must be completed prior to consideration for program entry.
    3. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 from all undergraduate colleges attended in the last five (5) years with grades of "C" or higher in courses required in the dental hygiene curriculum.
    4. Chemistry Requirement All applicants must have a minimum grade of "C" in a 4 credit college-level Chemistry course with a lab.  Recommended SUNY Erie Chemistry courses are CH144/145 or higher-level courses. CH140/141 will be accepted as a minimal Chemistry course requirement but will provide no ranking points. Transfer Chemistry courses will be evaluated by the department on an individual basis.  The Chemistry course must be completed within the last five (5) years with no less than "C" grade.  If the applicant receives grades below "C" or "W"(withdraw), the candidate may repeat the course only once, repeating the course will lower a student's ranking score. Applicants who do not successfully complete the Chemistry course may not be evaluated and ranked. Completion of the course does not imply or guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
    5. Preferred and highly recommended courses: completion of science courses required by the dental hygiene curriculum with competitive grades and cumulative grade point average above 3.00 (Microbiology with lab, Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs). Bio-science courses must be completed within the last five (5) years with no grades less than "C". If the applicant receives grades below "C" or "W", the candidate may repeat the course only once, repeating the course may lower the students ranking score. Completion of these courses does not imply or guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
    6. HESI- Admission Assessment (A2) Exam the A2 exam measures Math (Basic skills), English (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar) and Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry. It also provides a Learning Style Profile for each applicant. The A2 exam will be required if there are over 100 qualified applicants. Successful completion (75% all parts) of the computerized Admissions Assessment (A2) Exam is required. An applicant who does not obtain a 75% on each section tested will only have one more opportunity to retake the exam. If an applicant has already taken and passed the A2 exam within the last five years and can provide the required proof, he/she will not be required to retake the exam. After the applicant has met all the criteria for acceptance, s/he will be contacted by a Dental Hygiene department to schedule the exam.
Academic Experiences of the Most Recently Accepted Class
  • The majority of students had completed general education requirements including College Composition, Oral Communication,  Psychology and Sociology.
  • 98% of students had completed Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II.
  • 98% of students had completed Microbiology.
  • The average cumulative GPA was 3.62.
  • 25% had a college degree.

Application Review Procedure
The applicant is responsible for submitting official transcripts for the last five years of college. Official transcripts must be received no later than Feb. 1st. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available entering class openings, points will be assigned to each of the academic criteria. Academic profile scores can be increased by completing science requirements and earning high grades. Completed applications with all supporting college transcripts are reviewed to calculate an academic profile score as follows:

  • cumulative grade point average (must be at least 3.00 for college applicants)
  • required science course grades (Chemistry with lab,  A&P I and II with labs, and Microbiology with lab) two attempts may lower ranking points
  • academic degree(s) earned demonstrating full-time status with cumulative GPA at or above 3.00
  • HESI- A2 examination (if required)
  • additional advanced science course(s) or higher level math course(s) may be awarded additional points

Final review of potentially qualified applications will be completed late in March and accepted candidates will be notified in April. A limited number of applicants may receive alternate status. Applicants not admitted for the Fall semester must reapply for the next application period and compete with a new pool of applicants. The program does not offer a waiting list. When re-applying for the following application cycle, students are responsible to verify that bio-sciences courses are not expired. Expired bio-sciences course will not be considered for an evaluation and ranking of an application. Applications received after the February 1st deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.

Applicants not accepted to the two-year Dental Hygiene program may be offered admission to General Studies or Humanities (250/DH). This will provide the student an opportunity to establish a competitive academic credential and meet Dental Hygiene admission requirements through an individually developed schedule of pre-requisite and required liberal arts and science courses based on the applicant's academic history and Accuplacer test results. Advisers will provide academic advisement and tracking during required semester meetings. Admission to this preparatory track does not imply or guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Note: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission due to space limitations. Science courses taken more than five (5) years ago are not accepted

Program Competencies

The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides content in general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and clinical skills. Graduation from the program requires attainment of the following competencies:

Professionalism and Ethics

1. The Dental Hygiene graduate must be competent in applying the American Dental Hygienists' Association Code of Ethics and practice with personal and professional integrity in accordance with the state dental practice act (CODA 2-19, 2-20)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 1.1 Adhere to the Dental Hygiene scope of practice by applying legal principles and ethical behaviors with all patients, colleagues and other professionals (2-20)

  • 1.2 Exhibit cultural awareness and sensitivity to patient's goals, values, beliefs, and preferences in healthcare choices while promoting optimal oral care and general health during patient treatment (2-19)

  • 1.3 Adhere to state and local policies and procedures for maintaining safety and infection control guidelines in the dental setting (2-20)

Dental Hygiene Process of Care

2. The Dental Hygiene graduate must apply medico-legal principles to the systematic collection, analysis and accurate recording of general, personal and oral health status of patient information to identify precautions to minimize risks and optimize oral health (CODA 2-13a, 2-13b, 2-17)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 2.1 Obtain a comprehensive collection of patient data to identify physical and oral health conditions that may necessitate special considerations and identify the patient at risk for a medical emergency (2-12, 2-17)

  • 2.2 Provide and manage appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies in the dental setting (2-17)

  • 2.3 Apply foundational knowledge to perform an extra-oral and intra-oral examination of hard and soft tissues, distinguish abnormal from normal findings, and accurately record the clinical observations (2-13a)

  • 2.4 Apply foundational knowledge to identify the need for dental images, obtain images of diagnostic quality and interpret the findings (2-13a, 2-13b)

  • 2.5 Evaluate the health history, personal, and cultural behaviors to identify risk factors that require intervention to address disease prevention (2-13b)

  • 2.6 Determine the need for referral(s) to the appropriate health care provider(s) (2-13 b)

3. The Dental Hygiene graduate must establish a planned sequence of patient care based on the dental hygiene diagnosis by identifying oral conditions, potential problems, etiologic and risk factors, and available treatment modalities using evidence-based decision making and critical thinking skills. (CODA 2-13b, 2-13c)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 3.1 Analyze and interpret the assessment data to formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis and care plan (2-13b, 2-13c)

  • 3.2 Obtain the patient's consent based on a thorough case presentation that reflects realistic goals and treatment strategies (2-13c)

4. The Dental Hygiene graduate must demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills when interacting with diverse populations and health care providers. (CODA 2-13d, 2-15)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 4.1 Motivate patients with effective communication to assume responsibility for their health by promoting adherence to individualized self-care regimens (2-13d)

  • 4.2 Initiate and effectively communicate a collaborative approach when developing and providing individualized care that is specialized, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and acceptable by all parties involved (2-15)

  • 4.3 Communicate dental hygiene services to the dentist or appropriate interdisciplinary health team members (2-15)

5. The Dental Hygiene graduate must provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic procedures to promote and maintain oral health. (CODA 2-12, 2-13d, 2-14, 2-18)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 5.1 Provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages including those with special needs (2-12)

  • 5.2 Apply foundational knowledge to recognize and provide comprehensive treatment to patients with varying degrees of periodontal disease (2-14)

  • 5.3 Provide patient centered treatment by applying basic and advanced principles of the dental hygiene standards of care (2-13d)

  • 5.4 Provide patient management strategies to include stress and pain reduction during treatment using evidence based techniques (2-13d)

  • 5.5 Select and administer chemotherapeutic agents applying evidence-based recommendations (2-13d)

  • 5.6 Identify and perform additional functions required for initial licensure (2-18)

6. The Dental Hygiene graduate must appropriately document and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and educational services and modify them as necessary to achieve optimal health. (CODA 2-13e, 2-13f)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 6.1 Evaluate and when necessary re-evaluate the clinical outcomes of dental hygiene treatment interventions using dental health indices, instruments, and examination techniques to determine the patients appropriate re-care schedule (2-13e)

  • 6.2 Document a complete and accurate record of all services and findings relevant to patient care. (2-13f)

Health Promotion and Community Involvement

7. The Dental Hygiene graduate must initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. (CODA 2-16 a, b, c, d)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competency:

  • 7.1 Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a community-based oral health program (2-16 a, b, c, d)

Professional Commitment and Advancement (Growth)

8. The Dental Hygiene graduate must acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and reflective manner for lifelong learning. (CODA 2-21, 2-22 & 2-23)

    Specifically, the Dental Hygiene graduate must meet the following supporting competencies:

  • 8.1 Apply self-assessment skills to evaluate comprehensive patient care and management to demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning (2-21)

  • 8.2 Evaluate current scientific literature and dental products or therapeutic claims using information technology to assist in developing evidence-based decisions regarding patient care (2-22)

  • 8.3 Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the management of patients (2-23)

Accreditations

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Admission/Graduation Criteria

Characteristics of Successful Dental Hygiene Students

Applicants to the Dental Hygiene Program should have a well-rounded academic background with strong preparation in science courses. The two-year program is a rigorous and challenging schedule of academic and clinical courses which requires a full-time commitment. In addition to time spent in lectures, labs and clinics each week, students must devote considerable out-of-class time to study, completion of assignments and preparation for various small group projects. Successful Dental Hygiene students demonstrate the following personal characteristics:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Disciplined, highly motivated and well organized;
  • Strong study habits and test taking skills;
  • Above average manual dexterity;
  • Mature behavior;
  • Able to adhere to ethical standards of conduct;
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism;
  • Able to work independently or in small groups;
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve; and
  • Good stress coping skills.

Application Review Process

The applicant is responsible for submitting official transcripts for the last five years of college. Official transcripts must be received no later than Feb. 1st. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available entering class openings, points will be assigned to each of the academic criteria. Academic profile scores can be increased by completing science requirements and earning high grades. Completed applications with all supporting college transcripts are reviewed to calculate an academic profile score as follows:

  • cumulative grade point average (must be at least 3.00 for college applicants)
  • required science course grades (Chemistry with lab,  A&P I and II with labs, and Microbiology with lab) two attempts may lower ranking points
  • academic degree(s) earned demonstrating full-time status with cumulative GPA at or above 3.00
  • HESI- A2 examination
  • additional advanced science course(s) or higher level math course(s) may be awarded additional points

Final review of potentially qualified applications will be completed late in March and accepted candidates will be notified in April. A limited number of applicants may receive alternate status. Applicants not admitted for the Fall semester must reapply for the next application period and compete with a new pool of applicants. The program does not offer a waiting list. When re-applying for the following application cycle, students are responsible to verify that bio-sciences courses are not expired. Expired biosciences course will not be considered for an evaluation and ranking of an application. Applications received after the February 1st deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.

Applicants not accepted to the two-year Dental Hygiene program may be offered admission to General Studies or Humanities (250/DH). This will provide the student an opportunity to establish a competitive academic credential and meet Dental Hygiene admission requirements through an individually developed schedule of pre-requisite and required liberal arts and science courses based on the applicant's academic history and Accuplacer test results. Advisers will provide academic advisement and tracking during required semester meetings. Admission to this preparatory track does not imply or guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Note: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission due to space limitations. Science courses taken more than five (5) years ago are not accepted

Department Notes

 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 earlier than indicated 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 SUNY Erie'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 wear prescribed uniforms, masks, gloves and protective eyewear. Students must strictly adhere to standard precautions and infection control procedures outlined by OSHA, the CDC and the department's Infection Control/Hazard Communication
  • manual to assure a safe working environment and to minimize the risk of infection due to contact with blood or saliva. Failure to follow standard precautions places everyone at risk and will result in academic penalty.
  • Dental Hygiene students are expected to manifest exemplary ethical and professional behaviors and must adhere to the College Code of Conduct and American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Code of Ethics. 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 department and/or 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.
  • Attendance is required at all scheduled sessions to assure maximum learning opportunities and skill development.
  • 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 advisers 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mission Statement 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: 

  1. Access a diverse student body to prepare for the ethical, legal, and competent practice of dental hygiene.
  2. Achieve and maintain an 85% or higher retention rate.
  3. Provide service and community learning opportunities to promote health values.
  4. Evaluate curriculum for currency and effectiveness through ongoing program assessment and evaluation.
  5. Prepare graduates for national and regional examinations leading to licensure.
  6. Complete a periodic needs assessment of faculty and staff to meet program needs.

Special Considerations

The Dental Hygiene curriculum is a rigorous, time intensive learning experience which requires the student to simultaneously acquire a broad base of scientific knowledge; develop the technical and manual skills needed to perform detailed clinical procedures; and acquire the personal qualities which define and are expected of a licensed health care professional. The following considerations are provided so that individuals interested in the study of Dental Hygiene may reasonably assess their career choice and ability to succeed in the program.

Practical Considerations

  • Students must possess effective written and verbal skills in English to perform accurate communications with patients, faculty and other healthcare providers; prepare clear clinical record documentation; follow detailed directions and instruction; participate in group discussions; and give presentations to community groups.
  • Students must have visual, auditory and tactile ability to accurately assess and safely treat patients; detect variations in color, shape, texture and consistency of oral soft tissues and skin; recognize shades of gray in order to interpret radiographs; monitor and record vital signs such as pulse and blood pressure; detect hard deposits on teeth and defects in tooth structure; and identify small instruments and markings.
  • Students must possess good hand/eye co-ordination and manual dexterity; have full use of both hands, wrists and arms; have the strength and stamina to perform fine, detailed and delicate instrumentation in the confined space of the mouth; to work for hours in a seated position while performing repetitive hand, arm and upper body movements; and operate foot controlled instruments.
  • Students must demonstrate mature behavior and respect for others; must have integrity and honesty; demonstrate sensitivity, empathy and compassion; maintain confidentiality; adhere to ethical, regulatory and professional standards of behavior; accept constructive criticism and modify behavior accordingly; dependably perform responsibilities on time without supervision; work independently on assignments or cooperatively in small groups; and demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
  • Students must think critically and problem solve; synthesize objective and subjective data; set priorities; be flexible and adapt to changes; logically organize patient treatment plans based on the collection of assessment data and the needs/desires of the patient; exercise sound judgment; think and respond appropriately in crisis situations; understand three dimensional and spatial relationships; and have basic computer literacy.
  • Students may be excluded from clinical, laboratory and/or classroom experiences when in the judgment of the college and/or department they are unable to provide safe dental hygiene care or have demonstrated unprofessional behavior.

Personal Considerations

  • The Dental Hygiene curriculum includes lectures, laboratories, clinical experiences and community service activities which require a significant time commitment.
  • Depending on courses taken and semester, the schedule in the clinical program includes 23 to 33 hours per week on campus.
  • Out of class assignments, study time, preparation for examinations, working on group projects, library research, and practicing instrumentation skills will require additional hours of work.
  • Clinical practice time requires nine (9) to twelve (12) hours per week and includes one or two evening clinics per week beginning in the second semester.

Health Considerations

  • Dental Hygiene students require good physical and emotional health.
  • Good stress coping skills are essential in a demanding health profession program.
  • The patient care environment has the potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Students receive detailed instruction on infection control protocols specific to the dental field and must comply with all regulatory requirements and department policies.
  • Individuals accepted to the program must submit a physician completed SUNY Allied Health Form in order to participate in clinical courses. This is in addition to the proof of immunizations required of all students.
  • Hepatitis B immunization (or a signed declination) is required.
  • An annual influenza vaccination is strongly recommended.

Legal Considerations

  • Applicants for Dental Hygiene licensure in New York must be of good moral character.
  • Students in the program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at thier own expense.
  • A felony conviction may prevent a student from completing degree requirements.
  • Pending criminal charges or conviction of a misdemeanor or felony are subject to special review by the New York State Board of Dentistry and may impact a licensure application.
  • Applicants are responsible to contact the State Board directly to discuss legal considerations and/or citizenship or immigration status requirements before enrolling in a program leading to licensure.

Curriculum

The Dental Hygiene Program faculty conducts continuous curriculum review and planning to maintain program currency and effectiveness. Please contact the department to receive the most current information.

Total Degree Credits: 69.0

First Year, Fall Semester
DH 100 - Oral Health Services I Credit Hours: 5
DH 110 - Head, Neck and Oral Anatomy Credit Hours: 3
DH 120 - Dental Radiography I Credit Hours: 1
DH 121 - Lab for DH 120 Credit Hours: 1
BI 150 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credit Hours: 3
BI 151 - Laboratory for BI 150 Credit Hours: 1
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3*

First Year, Spring Semester
DH 150 - Oral Health Services II Credit Hours: 4
DH 170 - Dental Nutrition Credit Hours: 2
DH 180 - Dental Radiography II Credit Hours: 1
DH 181 - Lab for DH 180 Credit Hours: 1
DH 190 - Periodontology Credit Hours: 2
BI 152 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credit Hours: 3
BI 153 - Laboratory for BI 152 Credit Hours: 1 
BI 230 - Microbiology Credit Hours: 3
BI 231 - Lab for BI 230 Credit Hours: 1
EG 022 - Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office Credit Hours: 1*

First Year, Summer Session
DH 175 - Oral Health Services III Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
DH 200 - Oral Health Services IV Credit Hours: 6
DH 220 - Dental Materials Credit Hours: 2
DH 221 - Lab for DH 220 Credit Hours: 1
DH 230 - Pathology Credit Hours: 3 
SO 100 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
DH 250 - Oral Health Services V Credit Hours: 5
DH 260 - Community Dental Health Credit Hours: 2
DH 270 - Pharmacology Credit Hours: 2 
EN 114 - Public Speaking Credit Hours: 3*

* HU 100 - Human Interaction (Credit Hours: 3) may be substituted for PS 100. EG 009 - Basic Emergency Health Care (Credit Hours: 3) may be substituted for EG 022.  CA 205 - Interpersonal Communications (Credit Hours: 3) may be substituted for EN 114.

Available At:

North Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Biology
Chemistry
Math I

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Dental Offices
Hospital Clinics
Community Health Agencies
Dental Products Sales
Nursing Homes
Extended Care Facilities
Public Health Agencies
Schools
Public and Private Institutions
Health Maintenance Organizations
Military
Transfer to Four-year University

Hegis Code:

5203

Curriculum Code:

0545.DHY

Division:

Health Sciences
Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene

Kasey Penoyer
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6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
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