All applicants must complete a minimum of 16 hours of observation in any two different general dentistry offices or facilities by JUNE 1st. This requirement is designed to give the applicant a better understanding of the role of the dental hygienist. Applicants who currently work in a dental setting may complete 8 hours at that facility, however, they must be directly under a registered dental hygienist observing patient care and not part of the secretarial staff or assisting the dentist.
This is not a service performed by the college; the applicant must independently seek out a dental hygiene setting and speak with the appropriate staff/personnel regarding observational hours. There are many dental providers to choose from, check out your local yellow pages or internet. Call the providers in your area; explain that you are applying to a DH Program and that you would like to observe a dental hygienist at their facility.
All observations hours must be verified using the proper form found in the application packet. Observational hours must be completed within 2 years of submission of the application.
The Division of Health Sciences is responsible for the information on this page.
To inquire about the Dental Hygiene program, please contact Tammy Deese.