Dental Hygiene (AS)
Dental Hygiene Program Accreditation
The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. ADA, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611, 312-440-2500.
The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program at Normandale Community College is to prepare dental hygiene students in the provision of comprehensive dental hygiene care while emphasizing ethics, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. Program goals include the intent to: prepare graduates who will be competent to provide quality comprehensive dental hygiene care; manage policies to ensure admission of a qualified and diverse student population; participate in collaborative community health promotion; engage in professional activities and lifelong learning; maintain a program that reflects relevant and current dental hygiene practice; and incorporate emerging technologies to enhance quality dental hygiene services.
Normandale Community College offers the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Dental Hygiene as a two-year program located within the health sciences division. NOTE: Most students complete their required science and liberal arts courses prior to acceptance into the program. The dental hygiene coursework requires four semesters to complete and begins each fall semester. Graduates will be eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and Central Regional Clinical Licensure Examination. Upon successful completion of the National Board Exam and Central Regional Clinical Licensure Exam, students will be qualified to take the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Jurisprudence Examination for Dental Hygiene licensure in the State of Minnesota.
Following graduation and licensure requirements of the State Board of Dentistry, the dental hygienist becomes a primary healthcare professional, oral health educator and clinician who may choose to work in a variety of settings.
Through a partnership with Metropolitan State University, we now offer the option of a dual admissions program. This means that there is simultaneous admittance to the Normandale Associate Degree program and Metropolitan State University Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) program if an applicant chooses this option. For those who are anxious to obtain a BSDH, this can be accomplished within one to two semesters after completion of the Associate Degree Program. More information about this option is available by meeting with the Health Sciences Enrollment Manager, Betty Blazer.
Admission Requirements and Application Process
The following requirements must be completed before an application can be processed.
A grade of C or higher is required in each of these courses:
Note: For more program details, visit www.normandale.edu/academics. Dental Hygiene can be found under academic programs, see Frequently Asked Questions section online. Health Science Information sessions are available for more details. If you have further questions, please contact the Health Science Enrollment Manager, Betty Blazer at email@example.com or call 952-358-8417.
In addition to general fees and books, admitted dental hygiene students purchase uniforms, instruments, clinic supplies, software and textbooks. Each student is required to purchase dental professional liability insurance which is included in course fees each fall. Students will be required to pay additional fees to take the National Board Exam, Central Regional Clinical Board Exam and State Jurisprudence examination during the spring semester of the second year of study.
Due to the nature of the dental hygiene profession, students will be participating in a learning environment that has the potential of exposure to blood borne pathogens. Students accepted into the program are provided with written policies and instruction on infection control protocol to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The program complies with all institutional, local, state and federal policies. Policies and procedures on the dental hygiene program’s infection control protocol are available to applicants upon request. All students must complete the following prior to entry in fall semester of the first year of study and must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.
Students entering the Dental Hygiene program are expected to meet the Technical Standards for Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Programs. These technical standards are required abilities for effective performance in the MnSCU dental hygiene education program. The standards are compatible with the scope of practice as defined by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. Refer to the dental hygiene department website for more detailed information at www.normandale.edu under Programs and Degrees.
General Education Requirements: (38 cr)
Progression through the program is dependent upon a grade of C or higher for each of the following courses:
*Students who are considering a bachelor's degree completion program are strongly encouraged to complete their Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) electives by taking MATH 1080 (Goal 4) and one class from Goal 6 and/or 10. These courses will meet bachelor degree completion requirements at Metropolitan State University. For more information, visit www.metrostate.edu/cnhs/.
Specialized Career Program Requirements: (50 cr)
Note: Courses are web-supplemented and web-enhanced, requiring computer and Internet access.
Sequence of Courses:
Summer Sessions 1 and 2 (8 cr)
For more information on advanced degrees, visit http:www.metrostate.edu/cnhs/.