Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Liberty Campus
School of Allied Health and Nursing
Nursing, Allied Health, and Health and Life Fitness Department

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The program is designed to prepare graduates who will be respected members of the dental team, providing direct patient care under the general supervision of a dentist, in the education and prevention of oral disease. Dental Hygienists educate patients about the importance of proper dental care and the maintenance of good oral health. Working under the general supervision of a licensed dentist, hygienists remove stains and deposits from teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents to teeth, provide patient education, and prepare tests for interpretation and evaluation by the dentist.

Acquisition of Dental Hygiene Competency is developed through a combination of college-based lectures and laboratories as well as direct involvement with patient care at the on-site Dental Hygiene Clinic on the Liberty Campus as well as external health care agencies. Successful completion of all courses in the program, including any necessary remedial coursework, will lead to the award of an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

BCCC two-year A.A.S. degree program in Dental Hygiene prepares students to work as dental hygienists in private dental offices, hospital clinics, military installations, public schools, industrial clinics, dental auxiliary schools and public health facilities.

The Baltimore City Community College’s Associate Applied Science Degree Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare beginning graduates to assume careers as Registered Dental Hygienist in a variety of health care settings. The program is accredited through the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation with the status of "Approval (without reporting requirements)". This accreditation classification is granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for the accreditation period granted. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board Examination and the Northeast Regional Board Examination for the title Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Through articulation with several area colleges and universities students may continue their studies to pursue the Bachelor's and/or Master's degree. BCCC's Dental Hygiene Program provides an exceptional opportunity for students interested in entering the Dental Hygiene field as soon as possible and who also have the goal of furthering their education and professional advancement.

By law, the State Board of Dental Examiners may deny licensure for a variety of reasons. These include conviction of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude if the nature of the offense bears directly on the fitness of the person to practice Dental Hygiene.

The Licensure/certification examination pass rates (FY 2012) is 95%.