The registered dental hygienist is the member of the dental health care team who provides preventive oral health care services, including oral prophylaxis, dental health education, dental x-rays, nutritional counseling, dental sealants, preliminary examinations, and other preventive measures in dentistry. Enrolling will provide you with a comprehensive, challenging curriculum as well as the technical skills necessary to become a Registered Dental Hygienist and/or Certified Dental Assistant. All students are assigned to a full-time Dental advisor with whom they will meet with regularly in order to closely monitor academic record and clinical progress. Second-year students will complete a service learning experience which offers a broad spectrum of diverse opportunities for every possible target population.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, at the commission’s web address, or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611.