As a licensed health care professional, the dental hygienist is an integral member of the dental team. Registered dental hygienists provide a range of preventive, educational and therapeutic services to clients, some of which include cleaning teeth, educating clients about their oral health, taking and developing x-rays, placing dental sealants, administering local anesthetics, and more. Dental hygienists manage client treatment and information while ensuring confidentiality and compliance with ethical and professional responsibilities.
The curriculum for NCC’s two-year program includes a combination of biology, general education and dental hygiene courses, integrated with direct client care at the on-site dental hygiene clinic at NCC’s Fowler Family Southside Center. The program prepares graduates to be competent oral health care providers with opportunities to be employed in dental practices and in a variety of public health settings.
NCC’s Dental Hygiene program is among the most respected and competitive in Pennsylvania, and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Minimum admission requirements include high school or college biology and chemistry courses, with a high school GPA of 3.0 or a college GPA of 2.70 after completing 12 or more credits. There is a February 1st application deadline. Applicants should meet with an academic advisor to discuss these and other eligibility requirements.
Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate quality, competent dental hygiene care and disease prevention for clients with a variety of oral health needs. Graduates will also be able to use the phases of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in delivering dental hygiene care in a variety of service-oriented environments.