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DENTAL HYGIENE (AAS)

A dental hygienist is a licensed healthcare provider, working closely with their patients to reach and maintain optimal oral health and hygiene. Dental hygienists work together with dentists to prevent, identify, and treat oral diseases. They are responsible for providing preventive oral care including, but not limited to, routine x-rays, dental cleanings, and dental education. Dental hygienists may also be certified to perform dental anesthesia in preparation for oral procedures and surgery.

The Community Dental Clinic at Plaza College is a community-based clinic that accepts all patients requesting dental hygiene services with no qualifying criteria. Students of the Dental Hygiene (AAS) program treat patients in the clinic under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists. Services include dental examinations, dental cleanings, x-rays, radiographs, sealants, fluoride treatments, and more.

Applications for the cohort beginning in May 2022 are due by December 10, 2021.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PROGRAM IF:

  • You’d like to work hands-on with patients, contributing to their oral and overall health and well-being.
  • Abundant opportunity, flexible scheduling, and a competitive salary are aspects of your dream career.
  • Earning your degree and beginning your career in only 2 years is appealing to you.
  • You’d eventually like to obtain further degrees, but earning your associate’s and getting some work experience under your belt first sounds like a good idea.

CAREER OUTLOOK & GENERAL OVERVIEW

SETTINGS TO WORK IN

Hygienists are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including:
  • Private Dental Offices
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Schools

AVERAGE AGE

31
Average age of the Plaza student population*

*Based on active student population, Spring 2021

GRADUATION RATE

64%
of all of Plaza’s full time students graduate on time

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

28:1
Allowing more dynamic classroom interaction

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

$810,839.91
Awarded during the 2020 academic year

*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021

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THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEGREE PROGRAM

Designed and taught by experts in the field, the program will provide you with practical information and hands-on-experience to prepare you for a successful dental hygiene career. You can expect instruction in these areas:

  • Dental Anatomy/Histology/Embryology
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
  • General, Maxillofacial, & Oral Pathology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice and Radiology
  • Dental Anesthesia & Pain Control

The Plaza College Dental Hygiene program graduate, given successful curriculum and competency completion, will qualify to take the National Board Examination Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) Examination. Both the NBDHE and the CDCA examinations are required to apply for licensure in the State of New York.

The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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
211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.
The Commission’s web address is: https://www.ada.org/en/coda

View all degree requirements in the College Catalog.

Students and families can attend a virtual information session to learn more about the program and admissions process.

WHY IS PLAZA RIGHT FOR YOU?

We're glad you asked.

Academic Quality

Program Rigor, Subject-Matter-Expert Professors, and MSCHE Accreditation ensure an exceptional college education.

Competitive Tuition

Our tuition is not only of the lowest of any private college in New York State, but one of the lowest amongst all 4-year colleges in NYC.

Campus Location

Located in the heart of Queens, our Forest Hills campus is convenient and easily accessible by all public transportation and major highways.

On Your Time

Whether you need classes in the morning, in the evening, online, or a combination of all, flexible course scheduling gives you options.

Success Stories

Our 100+ year alumni network is ready and waiting to tell you how Plaza helped them get where they are today!

Support Network

Individual Advising, Free Tutoring, Student Life Activities, and Job Placement Services add to your college experience and graduation success.