The Dental Hygiene Program prepares students to become a licensed professional who works under the supervision of a dentist and performs services that detect, prevent and treat diseases of the mouth.
Note: Admission to the program is limited. The College accepts a limited amount of applicants for 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. Selective Admissions Process [https://test-www.middlesexcc.edu/admissions/health-program-applicants/dental-hygiene-checklist/]
Students who complete the program earn a Dental Hygiene Associate Degree of Applied Science. Dental Hygienists are licensed professionals and are required to successfully complete the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the CDCA-WREB Computer Simulated and ADEX.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Prepare qualified dental hygiene students according to the competencies adopted by the Dental Hygiene Program.
- Provide individualized patient centered comprehensive dental hygiene care.
- Participate in collaborative community health promotion through diverse organized experiences. Prepare professional dental hygienists who successfully integrate into the dental community.
Students must demonstrate Algebra I competency before taking courses in the major. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completing the appropriate class. Students must also have a “C” or better in high school biology and chemistry both with a lab. There may be additional requirements that are required depending on the major chosen.
The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry. Learn more about CODA policies and guidelines, including how to file a complaint.