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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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1. Do I ever have to travel to the main campus in Canton, NY

No, all courses are taught from SUNY Canton’s distant campus in Rome, NY. The general education courses are offered at MVCC’s Rome campus or online through SUNY Canton’s course management system.

2. Can I take a few courses at a time and complete this program at night while I continue to work at my current place of employment?

I am afraid not. The dental hygiene lectures are linked to the clinical courses so you can apply the information when providing patient care in the clinical situations. You can choose to take the general education courses, such as English, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology nights and weekends. However, once you are accepted and matriculated into the dental hygiene program you will be required to complete the dental sciences scheduled for each semester during the assigned semester.


3. Is it difficult to get into this program?

Yes, it is since we receive 85-100 applications each year. We can only accept a cohort of 24 students each fall due to the limited space in the hygiene clinic. The department has developed a ranking form to determine which of those 24 students are offered acceptance.

4. Can I apply to the program and complete some of the pre-requisite courses during my first semester of study?

No, as the name implies these are pre-requisite courses which means the courses must be completed before your application can be considered. You must fulfill all math, biology and chemistry pre-requisites before your application will be considered.

5. I did not get accepted last year but would like to enter the program in January.

We only accept one cohort of students each year. Acceptance letters are mailed in the spring and students begin classes in August of each academic year.


6. I have heard there is a 3 year wait list for this program. Is this true?

No, we do reserve seats for students from year to year. All applicants are reviewed and ranked each February. Applicants that are not admitted are encouraged to take general education courses such as Anatomy & Physiology as well as Microbiology to make them more competitive and qualified for admission the following year. Depending upon their credentials and GPA they may also be offered admission into the "dental hygiene select" program. Students enrolled in the dental hygiene select program who maintain a 3.0 GPA will be offered first acceptance into the Rome program the following academic year.


7. What can I do if I don't get into the program?

We offer a dental hygiene select program that allows students to complete the general education courses as well as Infection Control, Medical Emergencies for the Dental Professional and a basic instrumentation class. Completion of this program with a C grade in the three dental courses and an overall 3.0 GPA ensures admission into the AAS program the following year. Click here for details.


8. Is there on-campus student housing?

No, not at this time. Our students generally find housing at one of the area apartment complexes in Rome. There are 2-3 of them within a 5 mile radius of our teaching clinic and MVCC’s Rome campus. They are all within close proximity to a Price Chopper, Eckard Drugs, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Dollar Store, Post Office and a small shopping center.


9. I did not do well in science in high school, is this a difficult program?

Yes, this is a 71 credit hour science intensive program. It is a time consuming program that demands a great deal of study time above and beyond the classroom. In addition to completing reading and homework assignments you will need to set aside some time for practicing your instrumentation skills on a typodont. Our most successful students are structured and organized individuals with a strong desire to succeed. You cannot coast through this program.


Dental Hygiene
Program Director
Pamela Quinn
315-336-3484
quinnp@canton.edu