Location: Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 157
Phone: (518) 629-7442
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Department Chairperson: Judy DiLorenzo
The philosophy of this department is to provide an educational program
of physical, social and dental sciences as prerequisites for competence
in dental hygiene skills. In addition, the program provides exposure to
those procedures, which in the opinion of the faculty, are needed to fulfill
the expanding needs of the public and the dental profession. Completion
of this two-year academic program satisfies eligibility requirements for
A graduate of this education program will be skilled in the profession
and practice of dental hygiene, exhibit appropriate scientific knowledge,
accept personal and professional responsibility and be concerned about
the health and welfare of all those encountered.
The curriculum supports the Departmental Philosophy through course material
which is divided between theory and technique using modern laboratories
and clinical facilities.
The student of dental hygiene is exposed very early to the use of dental
hygiene instruments and equipment. The curriculum includes instruction
in the current dental hygiene functions as permitted by the New York State
Practice Act. State mandated courses in Child Abuse and Bloodborne Pathogen
courses are included within the curriculum.
The dental hygiene clinic, dental anatomy/preventive dentistry laboratory
and the radiographic facilities are equipped with modern professional
equipment and are utilized to provide individualized instruction.
The inclusion of courses in the area of general studies such as English,
Psychology and Sociology and the additional courses of Dental Materials,
Community Dental Services and Nutrition result in a well-rounded, educated
Students are assigned to various community dental health programs where
they have the opportunity to investigate and evaluate selected dental
health care delivery systems.
Ethics and Professionalism: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in applying the principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision making and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, research, patient care, practice management, and legal and regulatory concepts to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
Assessment: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in systematically collecting, synthesizing and documenting comprehensive patient assessment data for a child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and a person living with a special need.
Diagnosis: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in formulating a dental hygiene diagnosis that can be addressed by dental hygiene services for child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and a person with a special need.
Planning: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in formulating a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is patient centered and based on scientific evidence.
Implementation: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in providing patient centered preventive and therapeutic services and evidence based care in a manner minimizing risk and optimizing oral health.
Evaluation: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in evaluating effectiveness of planned preventive, therapeutic, oral self-care services in achieving planned oral health outcomes.
Community Involvement: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in initiating and assuming responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations.
Information Management and Critical Thinking: The dental hygiene graduate must be competent in acquiring and synthesizing information in a critical, scientific and effective manner.