All students admitted to the dental hygiene program must be able to meet the following requirements:
- Students must be able to reason, analyze, synthesize and use problem solving skills in planning dental hygiene care.
- Students must be able to execute fine motor skills required in providing patient care.
- Students must hear and communicate effectively, and be empathetic when delivering patient care.
- Students must be able to write legibly with proper spelling of medical/dental terms.
- Students must be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, and time constraints, adapt to changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many patients.
- Students' eyesight must be 20/40, either naturally or through correction. Students must be able to read the printed words in dental hygiene textbooks, observe various dental instruments angulations and calibrations and apply concepts appropriately. The student must be able to operate x-ray apparatus and evaluate various radiographic images.
- Students must be able to reach and adjust the x-ray tube which is at a height of 52-60 inches from the floor.
- Students must assist or move patients from wheelchairs, when necessary, into the dental chair. This requires the use of strong backs and muscles to support and move patients.
- Students must be physically free of use of non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol.
- Students must show that their physician completed information and services required on a Health Form which is provided by Health Services before program entry. All stated immunizations must be completed prior to providing patient care, most notably the Hepatitis B series which takes a period of 6 months for completion.
Admission procedures for dental hygiene program from academic catalog.
Health Technology Admission Requirements
Once an admission option is met, applicants are required to submit a Health Technology Admissions Form (PDF) to the admissions office. Failure to do so may delay acceptance into the program.
Please be aware that students interested in a Health Technology program must first register for a mandatory Health Technology Information Session 440.525.7200, otherwise you will be blocked from making an appointment with a counselor. Once an information session and meeting with a counselor, arranged by calling 440.525.7200, have been completed, it will then be necessary to meet with Jennifer Barr, Director of Dental Hygiene 440.525.7190 for appropriate individual advisement with reference to program preparation and selection.