A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is the member of the dental health care team who provides preventive oral health care services. These services include dental cleanings, dental health education, dental x-rays, nutrition counseling, dental sealants, preliminary exams, and other preventive measures in dentistry. Students will receive a challenging curriculum and learn the skills necessary to become an RDH. All students are assigned to a full-time dental advisor with whom they will meet with on a regular basis to closely watch academic record and clinical progress. Second-year students will complete service learning which offers many opportunities to serve a range of target populations.
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.