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The mission of the NCMC/HTC Dental Hygiene Program is to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, professionalism and experiences to become a registered dental hygienist and secure employment in the competitive and demanding field of dentistry. This program seeks to maintain a strong working relationship with area dentists and their office staff to assure that the curriculum, training, equipment, and techniques used in the program mirror local needs. The program also seeks to promote lifelong learning behavior and strategies for achievement and advancement professionally for the graduate and the dental hygiene profession.



1.         Teaching:  Provide an environment, facility, and curriculum that promotes success of the student and meets the needs of employers

         Patient care:
 To prepare dental hygiene students to provide competent, preventive, ethical oral health care. Students will perform procedures    on patients in a manner that protects both clinician and patient safety and encourages improved oral health.. Process, formative and summative progress will be assessed on a pass fail basis as students are expected to achieve clinical competency prior to graduation. In addition, formative and summative evaluations by the faculty and staff will be ongoing throughout the curriculum.

To encourage and offer opportunities for research and life long learning and stress the importance of keeping abreast of current research and literature

 To offer opportunities for community service that promotes oral health and encourages a sense of responsibility for the oral health needs of their community

         Professional Participation:
 To encourage participation in professional associations, dental hygiene organizations and continuing education for advancement of the profession.

 To obtain and maintain program accreditation through The Commission on Dental Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678.  The Commission’s web address is .