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The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of approval. Graduates of this program qualify to take the North East Regional and the National Board Examinations for licensure to practice.
The students can become a licensed professional who works under the supervision of a dentist and performs services that detect, prevent and treat diseases of the mouth. Services include performing oral examinations, oral cancer screenings, scaling, root planing, polishing, applying decay preventing agents, taking and processing dental x-rays, and providing patient education in preventive dentistry.
Yes, admission to the Dental Hygiene program is limited. The College does not have space in this program for all people who apply, therefore a selective admission process is administered based on cumulative GPA, laboratory science grades, and standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. Please refer to the Applicant Information for specific admission requirements.
Some colleges and universities such as Thomas Edison, Montclair State University, Rutgers SHRP, and New Jersey City University will apply the courses the student has taken toward a bachelor’s degree.
Students will study comprehensive didactic, laboratory and clinic courses in dental hygiene and the dental sciences presented by highly qualified dental hygienists and dentists. State-of-the-art equipment is used in our on-site dental hygiene clinic and laboratories. Students will have additional clinical experiences in local hospitals and public schools. Basic science and general education requirements complete the course of study.
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study.
Students must meet the Academic Standards of Progress outlined to progress through the curriculum. Students are also required to have completed CPR for the Health Care Provider and complete the health physical and required immunizations prior to starting classes.
Yes, there are practical considerations, health considerations and legal considerations that you should review before making the decision to choose Dental Hygiene as a career:
The following Practical Considerations are listed so the student may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in the Dental Hygiene Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to Dental Hygiene in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College and the Dental Hygiene Department and/or participating clinical facilities as a consideration of admission, initial enrollment and/or continued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollment not permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check.