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Academic Standards

Requirements that must be completed prior to practicing instrumentation skills on a fellow student in pre-clinic:

  • Medical history clearance (for clinician's and patient's benefit)

  • Verification of an annual physical including a two step PPD (mantoux that is used to test for prior exposure to tuberculosis)

  • Current CPR/AED certification for the Health Care Professional. A copy of the certification must be maintained in the departmental files. A face-to-face CPR course must be completed so you are practicing the skills. No online CPR courses will be accepted.

  • Verification that malpractice insurance has been paid.

  • Health insurance. Students are encouraged to purchase student health insurance if they do not have any personal insurance of their own.

  • Hepatitis B Vaccination. For their personal protection, all students are strongly encouraged to have the hepatitis B vaccination and a titer test to confirm seroconversion. This is a series of three immunizations and it is recommended that the first dose be given prior to treating any patient in the clinic. Any student refusing this immunization must sign a waiver that indicates an understanding of the risks involved. The off campus affiliations require this vaccination be completed prior to providing care in their facilities; and all students are required to complete these rotations their sophomore year.

Student Presentations

Standards that must be met to continue matriculation in the dental hygiene program:

  • Students are expected to complete the dental hygiene courses in the sequence provided in the college catalog and at this website within a four year period. Although the majority of the general education courses can be taken during any semester or prior to matriculation into the program, Microbiology MUST be completed with a minimum grade of C prior to the start of the sophomore year.

  • Matriculated students are expected to complete all dental hygiene and Microbiology courses with a minimum C grade. Students failing to achieve the minimum C grade in a dental hygiene course will be administratively withdrawn from the next semester’s dental hygiene courses and will be considered for readmission on an individual basis if space is available and the student has demonstrated evidence of academic growth.

  • Students failing two (2) dental hygiene courses in any given semester, or one dental hygiene course and Microbiology in any given semester, will not be considered for readmission into the program. They will be advised into a more appropriate curriculum.

  • If a readmitted student fails to achieve 75% proficiency on a second attempt, s/he is dematriculated from the program and will not be considered for readmission.

  • Readmitted students are required to audit clinical while repeating courses regardless of their clinic grade to ensure s/he is maintaining previously learned clinical skills and is current on infection control protocols.

  • Since it is a science intensive curriculum, the dental hygiene program can be very challenging. The program demands a great deal of self discipline. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule their work during the weekends so they have ample independent study time during the week. Class and clinical hours cannot be rescheduled to suite the student's work schedule.

  • Students are expected to display academic integrity at all times. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, such as but not limited to the acquisition of test, clinical evaluation forms, and/or other academic materials, without permission, are serious violations and are considered unprofessional behaviors that put a student in jeopardy of being academically dismissed from the program.

  • Students are expected to display professionalism in all lectures, labs and clinical rotations. This includes all off-campus clinical rotations.

  • Students must conform to OSHA regulations and the guidelines established by the department's infection control committee. Failure to do so jeopardizes the health and safety of the student, supervising faculty and staff, and patients visiting our clinic.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all courses as documented in the catalog and at this website.
  • Cumulative Quality Point Index of 2.0 in the dental hygiene and general education courses.
  • Successful completion of clinical assignments using critical thinking skills to demonstrate safe professional judgment and professional integrity during patient care.

Dental Hygiene
Program Director
Pamela Quinn