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A Dental Hygienist is a licensed professional who provides oral health care to patients in dental offices, public health facilities, long-term care facilities, and other settings. The services provided by Dental Hygienists include performing oral examinations, oral cancer screenings, scaling, root planning, polishing, exposure of oral radiographs of the teeth and related oral structures, application of topical fluoride and pit and fissure sealants, and providing patient education in the prevention of oral disease.
Dental Hygienists incorporate education and prevention with provision of clinical services to ensure delivery of optimal oral care. Individuals interested in the profession should enjoy helping others, display manual dexterity and demonstrate above average communication, interpersonal and decision-making skills.
Middlesex County College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. The curriculum is rigorous and includes general education, science courses and dental hygiene courses. Students complete two years of academic study including clinical practice under the supervision of Middlesex County College faculty in the college’s Dental Hygiene clinic and external clinical practice sites. General education and science courses may be completed prior to admission to the program or concurrently with the dental hygiene program courses.
During the final semester of the program, students are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and the North East Regional Board Examinations. Upon graduation and successful completion of these board examinations, the graduate may apply for and take a state licensure examination.
The faculty has the professional and teaching abilities to guide students through each part of the program. Each student’s education will benefit from this carefully selected group of instructors, all of whom remain current with the ever-changing standards and practices in the dental hygiene profession. The faculty members have received comprehensive education and current knowledge in their discipline and have a background in teaching methodology courses.
The faculty members are also affiliated with international, national, state and local professional organizations. They are active in lecturing to dental hygienists and other health professionals at conferences and continuing education courses. The faculty actively participate in course development and student organizations.