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 Contact Information
Chairperson: Michelle Roman
Dept. Assistant: Rose Morales
Phone: 732.906.2536
Fax: 732.906.2633
Email: mroman@middlesexcc.edu
Location: L'Hommedieu Hall, Rm 123
Dental Hygiene
 Contact Information
Chairperson: Michelle Roman
Dept. Assistant: Rose Morales
Phone: 732.906.2536
Fax: 732.906.2633
Email: mroman@middlesexcc.edu
Location: L'Hommedieu Hall, Rm 123

Program Competencies

The Middlesex County College Dental Hygiene program is a competency-based curriculum. Competencies describe the abilities expected of a dental hygiene graduate upon entry into the Dental Hygiene profession. Competencies combine skills, understanding, and professional values and are performed independently in realistic settings.


C.1 Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors.
C.2 Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations, and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care.
C.3 Promote patient health and wellness using critical thinking and problem-solving.
C.4 Used evidence-based decision making to evaluate and incorporate emerging treatment modalities.
C.5 Perform on-going self-assessment for lifelong learning and professional growth.
C.6 Promote the profession through service activities and affiliations with professional organizations.
C.7 Provide quality assurance mechanisms for health services.
C.8 Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from diverse populations.
C.9 Provide accurate, consistent, and complete documentation for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene services.
C.10 Provide care to all patients using an individualized approach that is humane, empathetic, and caring.


HP.1 Promote the values of oral and general health and wellness to the public and organizations within and outside the profession.
HP.2 Respect the goals, values, beliefs, and preferences of the patient while promoting optimal oral and general health.
HP.3 Refer patients who may have a physiologic, psychological, and/or social problems for comprehensive evaluation.
HP.4 Identify individual and population risk factors and develop strategies that promote health-related quality of life.
HP.5 Evaluate and utilize methods to ensure the health and safety of the patient and the dental hygienist in the delivery of dental hygiene.


CM.1 Assess the oral health needs of the community and the resources available to facilitate access to care.
CM.2 Provide screening referral and educational services that allow patients to access the resources of the healthcare system.
CM.3 Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
CM.4 Evaluate the outcomes of community-based programs.


PC.1 Systematically collect, analyze, and record data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of a variety of patients.

This competency includes:

  • Select, obtain, and interpret diagnostic information recognizing its advantages and limitations.
  • Recognize predisposing and etiologic risk factors that require intervention to prevent disease.
  • Obtain, review, and update a complete medical, family, social, and dental history.
  • Recognize health conditions and medications that impact overall patient care.
  • Identify patients at risk for a medical emergency and manage the patient care in a manner that prevents an emergency.
  • Perform a comprehensive examination using clinical, radiographic, periodontal, dental charting, and other data collection procedures to assess the patient’s needs.
PC.2 Utilize critical decision-making skills to reach conclusions about the patient’s dental hygiene needs based on all available assessment data.

This competency includes:

  • Determine a dental hygiene diagnosis.
  • Identify patient needs and significant findings that impact the delivery of dental hygiene services.
  • Obtain consultations as indicated.
PC.3 Collaborate with the patient, and/or other health professionals, to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is patient-centered and based on current scientific evidence.

This competency includes:

  • Prioritize the care plan based on the health status and the actual and potential problems of the individual to facilitate optimal of health.
  • Establish a planned sequence of care (educational, clinical, and evaluation) based on the dental hygiene diagnosis; identified oral conditions; potential problems; etiologic and risk factors; and available treatment modalities.
  • Establish a collaborative relationship with the patient in the planned care to include etiology, prognosis, and treatment alternatives.
  • Make referrals to other healthcare professionals.
  • Obtain the patient’s informed consent based on a thorough case presentation.
PC.4 Provide specialized treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health.

This competency includes:

  • Perform dental hygiene interventions to eliminate and/or control local etiologic factors to prevent and control caries, periodontal disease, and other oral conditions.
  • Control pain and anxiety during treatment through the use of accepted clinical and behavioral techniques.
  • Provide life support measures to manage medical emergencies in the patient care environment.
PC.5 Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented clinical, preventive and educational services and modify as needed.

This competency includes:

  • Determine the outcomes of dental hygiene intervention using indices, instruments, examination techniques, and patient/client self-report.
  • Evaluate the patient’s satisfaction with the oral health care received and the oral health status achieved.
  • Provide subsequent treatment or referrals based on evaluation findings.
  • Develop and maintain a health maintenance program.


PGD.1 Identify career options within healthcare, industry, education, and research and evaluate the feasibility of pursuing dental hygiene opportunities.
PGD.2 Access professional and community networks to pursue career, educational and professional goals.