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The Dental Hygiene Program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (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 Dental Hygiene course of study. The Extended Three-Year Program is targeted for the student who is academically compromised by familial and financial obligations. By using staggered admissions, it delays entrance into the clinical component of the program until the basic dental hygiene courses are satisfactorily underway. Students take longer to graduate, but participate in a less intensive course of study before they are mainstreamed into the regular program.

Dental HygieneApproaches to the educational and 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.

Dental HygieneAll eligible students are encouraged to apply for the various academic and health profession scholarships and to join both the local and national Student American Dental Hygienist Association (SADHA). Awards for achievement include the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award, the New York City Dental Hygienist Association Clinical Proficiency Award, the American Dental Association Professional Achievement Award, and the Dental Hygiene Program Student Achievement Award. Dental hygienists find employment in private dental practices, public and private health agencies, hospitals, industrial clinics, government agencies, the U.S. Armed Services, Peace Corps, World Health Organizations, and dental hygiene schools.

Program of Study Leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Dental Hygiene (this link will take you to the Office of Academic Affairs Website).

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