Changes in healthcare knowledge and practice have expanded the philosophy of dental hygiene to include five interrelated roles that all focus around their connection to public health: clinician, educator, administrator/manager, advocate and researcher. These roles hold the common denominator of improved oral health for society.
At L&C, we embrace the future and offer a comprehensive program that includes all the above responsibilities, including assessment, treatment and prevention of oral diseases, planning community-based oral health programs and advising patients on commercial products.
You will have a top notch faculty and an advanced training facility in L&C’s Paul B. Hanks Dental Clinic Building with its dental materials laboratory, resource room, and a state-of-the-art dental assisting/hygiene clinical learning center. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other rotations at a variety of sites: Beverly Farm, the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and other public health settings.
As a graduate, you will be qualified to pursue additional education at the baccalaureate level and/or find job placement areas such as general dentistry offices, periodontal offices, retail sales companies and educational institutions.
The program boasts a 98 percent success rate on the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and 100 percent of graduates seeking employment as a dental hygienist have been placed in professional positions.
Notice to patients and potential dental hygiene applicants:
Enrolled students and patients are exposed to bloodborne pathogens. These include (but are not limited to) pathogenic microorganisms present in human blood and have the potential to cause diseases such as Hepatitis HBV, Herpes, Tuberculosis and HIV. The Bloodborne Pathogen policy is available by contacting the Dental Hygiene Program.
Dental Hygiene | AAS degree
Local Anesthesia | Certificate of Completion
The Admissions Guidelines include the following:
-Program application instructions and admission checklist (Admission documentation is due to the dental division office by Feb. 1 for the following fall start, required testing is in January for the following fall start… see page 10 for further details.)
-College discrimination/harassment policy statement
-Program goals and philosophy
-Certification and other qualifications
-Career description and opportunities
-Current job outlook details
-Program curriculum outline
-Estimated program costs
-Required pre-entrance exam dates, location, and other details (***Please note – completion of this exam is an admission requirement, and applicants who do not take it will not be considered for admission. Registration for the test is in December and testing is in January for application for the program that starts the following August…see page 10 of the Admission Guide for specific information)
-Dental programs faculty member names, areas of study, degrees earned, and conferring institutions
The L&C dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx
The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.