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Dental Hygiene
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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.

Why major in Dental Hygiene?

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.

 

Can students who major in Dental Hygiene transfer to a four-year college or university?
Some colleges and universities such as Thomas Edison, Montclair State University, UMDNJ, and New Jersey City University will apply the courses the student has taken toward a bachelor’s degree.

What will students learn by studying Dental Hygiene?
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.

Are there any special requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

  • Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Students must have a “C” or better in high school laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry or an equivalent college course.
  • Algebra 1 is a pre-requisite for all majors. Algebra 1 competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test of completion of the appropriate course. As a result of the student’s performance on the College’s placement test, he or she may need developmental coursework. All developmental coursework must be completed before they will be considered for admission to the program.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. or higher on a 4.0 scale.  High school GPA will be used if the student has less than 12 college credits at the time of application.
  • When students apply, they must take a Health Technologies entrance examination.

How long will it take to complete this degree? 
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Are there any special requirements once I am admitted to this major? 
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.

Are there any other things I should consider before I apply?
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:

Practical Considerations:
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:

  1. Have written and oral communications skills in the English language to effectively and accurately communicate with patients, peers, supervisors, families and other healthcare members.
  2. Have sufficient visual acuity to accurately assess patient conditions and treat patients safely.
  3. Have motor skills and strength capable of fine and delicate manipulation and adjustments of patient equipment. The student must have the physical capability to withstand prolonged hours in a sitting position and repetitive upper body motions.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employees such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
  5. Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.

Health Considerations:
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.

Legal Considerations:
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.