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.
|Program Track||Format||Next Cohort Start Date||Application Deadline|
|Full-Time||Weekdays M-F||Spring 2024||November 30, 2023|
|Part-Time||Evenings and Weekends||Fall 2024||November 3, 2023|
*Based on active student population, Spring 2021
*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021
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:
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:
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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Due to the on-campus and/or clinical requirements of this program, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide documentation showing proof of vaccination during the enrollment process.
Students and families can attend a virtual information session to learn more about the program and admissions process.
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