The Dental Hygiene Program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree for students who successfully complete the course of study. Students are prepared to become registered dental hygienists and pass an intensive theory National Board and Clinical State Board examination. Passing both examinations is required for licensure and employment.
The Dental Hygiene Program offers a two and three consecutive semester preparatory Dental Hygiene course of study for those students who do not meet the regular entrance requirements. These courses offer students the opportunity to develop requisite reading, writing, and mathematics skills; acquire a science background; develop study habits; upgrade their academic standing (GPA); and take pertinent and enriching liberal arts courses geared toward facilitating their entrance into the program.
Approaches to the educational professional development of the students stem from the goal to graduate competent clinicians who can positively affect their community and the dental hygiene profession through personal, academic, intellectual and professional achievements. Students provide preventive dental health care treatment and education at the campus Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Students provide dental hygiene care for patients of all ages under the direct guidance and supervision of licensed professional dental hygienists and dentists. Faculty, students, staff, family, and friends have access to free dental hygiene care and oral health maintenance. Two academic years and one summer are required to complete the 70-credit degree program. Graduates are eligible to transfer to senior colleges and receive junior year status. Program Mission Statement The Dental Hygiene Program's mission is to work effectively in providing approaches to the educational professional development of the students that stem from the goal to graduate competent clinicians who can positively affect their community and the dental hygiene profession through personal, academic, intellectual and professional achievements. Our mission includes the promotion of health and well being of the public by providing clinical dental hygiene care and community service at the campus Dental Hygiene Patient Care Facility. The Dental Hygiene Program's mission is consistent with the College's mission in that it strives to provide educational opportunities leading to socioeconomic mobility for students from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, particularly Hispanics and African Americans.
Dental Hygiene Program Affiliations
The Hostos Community College Dental Hygiene Program is affiliated with Lincoln Medical and Mental Health
Center/Dental Division and Harlem Hospital.
Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee*
Shilpi Ahluwalia, D.D.S.
Maribel Aybar, R.D.H.
Lawrence Bailey, D.D.S.
Su-Yan Barrow, R.D.H.
Michael Bolden, D.D.S.
Anita Cunningham, Professor Emeritus, R.D.H.
Betsy Davis, R.D.H.
Vermell Ford, R.D.H.
Hope Brady, R.D.H.
Selena James, Professor Emeritus, R.D.H.
Alpheia Johnson, D.D.S.
James King, D.D.S.
Ernestine Leach, R.D.H.
Leonard Marotta, MDT, CDT, TF
Shaun Mesiah, D.D.S.
Gregory Page, D.M.D.
Rawle Philbert, D.D.S.
Esperanza Rodriguez, D.D.S.
Adeniz Rivera, R.D.H
Maria Serpico, R.D.H.
Richard Shao, R.D.H.
Daughn Thomas, R.D.H
*All Dental Hygiene Faculty are Advisory Committee members