As a licensed health care professional, the dental hygienist becomes an integral part of the patient care team. The range of services may include cleaning teeth, providing preventative dental care, educating patients about hygiene, taking and developing x-rays, placing and contouring fillings, administering local anesthetics, and more. Most of all, hygienists manage patient treatment and information while ensuring confidentiality and compliance with ethical responsibilities.
The curriculum for NCC's two-year program includes a combination of sciences, lectures, labs and direct involvement with patient care at the on-site dental hygiene clinic. The program prepares graduates to be competent oral health clinicians with the ability to develop effective oral health programs that can be utilized in practices, in schools, in private businesses, and in a variety of private and public settings in the community.
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 pre-required 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. Applicants should meet with an academic advisor to discuss these and other eligibility requirements.
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