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Dental Hygiene

Do you like to work with your hands and are you meticulously thorough at everything you do? Do you enjoy working with people? CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program could be the right fit for you!

Update for Fall 2023

The PSB company ceased to offer its test products effective August 31, 2022. Therefore, the CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. The TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7) will be used in place of the PSB.

Summary of the changes for 2023
  • Students must have the TEAS test(s) completed and meet the cut-off score and all other minimum requirements prior to filing an Intent (specific for each program).
  • The 9-digit TEAS student number and test date will be required on the Intent form. An official score report must be on file at (or accessible to) CFCC before filing the Intent AND before the end of the application period.
  • Applicants may test numerous times (no limits) and should use the highest test as part of their Intent (the form has been changed to require this information; only one set of scores should be submitted)
  • There is only one TEAS test that will be used by the nursing and health science majors.
  • See application deadlines below.
  • Students may test in various ways as this test is not “by invitation only”. They may visit the CFCC Testing Services website and schedule a test to be taken at CFCC ($85.00), test remotely ($115.00), use a PSI testing site ($115.00), or test at another college or university (costs vary).
  • Information packets and Point Count Sheets for 2023 are forthcoming.

CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program prepares students for careers as oral health professionals.

The Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a member of the dental team who provides preventive oral health care. In North Carolina, the RDH works under the direct supervision of the dentist to perform oral health assessments and oral cancer screenings, acquire radiographic images, provide oral health education, provide therapeutic treatment including prophylaxis (cleaning), apply sealants and fluoride to prevent decay, and give nutritional counseling. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, as well as a regional and state examination, which is required for licensure to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Employment opportunities for the registered dental hygienist include the following settings: private practice dental office, public health, prisons, state/federal clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, and educational institutions.

Selective Admission Process

The dental hygiene program has a selective admission process that includes an application period and point count ranking. Twelve students are accepted each year in August for the five-semester program. There is no waitlist for the program. All applicants must go through the application process each spring. Minimum requirements are subject to change each academic year.

Note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, no observation hours prior are required prior to filing an Intent to Apply.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation .

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
312-440-4653
ada.org/en/coda

The Commission on Dental Accreditation site visitors will be on campus to review the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs on March 1, 2, and 3, 2023. The programs are required to inform you of our pending accreditation visit and the opportunity for you to make your concerns available to the Commission. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures also require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to the Commission’s standards, policies, and procedures. Your comments need to be addressed to the Commission before January 1, 2023.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and the Commission’s policy and procedures for submitting comments may be obtained on the Commission’s website at coda.ada.org, by calling 312-440-4653 , or by emailing coda@ada.org .

Quick information

Application Period
January 27, 2023 – April 5, 2023
Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held virtually. Please arrive on time.

Fri Nov. 4, 2022 12 p.m. EST Access the Info Session
Thu Jan. 19, 2023 12 p.m. EST Access the Info Session
Tue Feb. 14, 2023 4:00 p.m. EST Access the Info Session
Dental Hygiene Course Information
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