Program: DHY.AAS - Associate in Applied Science
The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval. Graduates of this program qualify to take the American Board of Dental Examiners Licensing Examination in Dental Hygiene (ADEX DH) and the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination (DHNBE) for licensure to practice.
Credit-by-examination available if the student is licensed to take radiographs in New Jersey.
Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Must achieve a “C” grade or better in all science courses to satisfy degree requirements. Must achieve a “C” grade or better in all dental hygiene courses in order to progress in the curriculum. An unsatisfactory grade (i.e. a grade less than “C”) in any first semester dental hygiene course results in dismissal from the program. The student has the option to reapply to the Dental Hygiene Program. Upon readmission, the student is required to retake DHY-107- Preventive Oral Health Services I in addition to any other failed courses. If a student earns a grade of less than “C” in any dental hygiene course other than the first semester courses, the student may retake the course the next time it is offered, and if space is available in the program for the student to return. Upon returning, the student is also required to retake the DHY-107- Preventive Oral Health Services course that is the co-requisite for the semester they return. Students retaking clinical courses must adhere to the conditions outlined in the Dental Hygiene program’s Policy for Returning Students. A student may retake a failed dental hygiene course only once; any subsequent failure(s) in the same dental hygiene course will result in dismissal from the Dental Hygiene Program. Students who are dismissed from the Dental Hygiene Program have the option to re-apply.
The student 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 planning, polishing, applying decay preventing agents, taking and processing dental X-rays, and providing patient education in preventive dentistry.
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.
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 the 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?
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:
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.
Heath Insurance - All students admitted to the dental hygiene program must have health insurance. Students will find information regarding the purchase of insurance coverage through the following - http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_insurance/ihcseh/shop_ihc.htm
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.