Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene Department is one of the original allied health education departments at the college.


The Dental Hygiene Department offers the following degree and certificate programs:

Dental Assisting Certificate
This online program prepares those who are new to the profession to perform a variety of tasks in dental offices, including sterilization of instruments, setting up dental materials and office duties. You will be ready to enter the workforce immediately following graduation and have satisfied all requirements set by New York State to become a Licensed Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). The college also offers an Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP) for those who are currently working in the field who have more than 3,500 hours of work experience and CPR certification. 

Dental Hygiene A.A.S.
One of the original health science programs at the college, the program prepares you to become a qualified Licensed Dental Hygienist. Course material is divided between theory and technique, and utilizes modern laboratory and clinical facilities. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The department also offers the following:

Academic Advisement

Faculty & Staff

Mission Statement

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 licensure.

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 individual.

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.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Tammy Conway
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 157
Department Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.