Associate in Science
The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education. The program prepares the student to provide preventive dental hygiene care in dental offices, clinics, and educational or health care institutions. Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) work as part of the dental health team to provide preventive health care for each patient. Responsibilities include oral health screenings, initial treatment appointments and maintenance appointments, nutritional counseling, fluoride, sealant application, and radiographic techniques. H.S. preparation should include biology and chemistry. Courses in physics and geometry are highly recommended.
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Successful completion of the following requirements is required for eligibility:
The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is designed to assess a student’s preparedness to enter the health science field. At Mott Community College, students must take the TEAS as part of the basic eligibility requirements for entry into the Associate degree in the Dental Hygiene program.
The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS are those that are deemed most relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of dental hygiene program applicants.TEAS Guidelines
A criminal background check is required prior to program application. Only the CBI is needed for application, the compliance tracker and drug screen will be completed after acceptance into the program.
The start-up packet provides instruction regarding the process to complete and submit the background investigation. Students will not be admitted to any health science program without a clear CBI.
Michigan law requires criminal background screening for individuals working in certain health care facilities. Conviction of a criminal offense (felony or misdemeanor) may make the student ineligible to be assigned to a clinical site, making program completion/graduation unattainable. In addition, conviction may make the graduate ineligible to take the licensure exam (CDCA/NBDHE). In order to ensure that the student can participate in required clinical experiences, he/she must have an acceptable criminal background investigation (CBI). The CBI must be completed after the mandatory orientation, at the student's expense. Additional CBIs may be required, including at the time of application for professional licensure. Some clinical agencies may require additional CBIs and/or require students to submit to drug screening procedures, prior to or during the clinical experience. The student is responsible for all costs related to these screens. A positive drug screen may make the student ineligible to begin or continue in the program.
Dental Hygiene applications are due January 30th
Fulfillment of the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the Dental Hygiene program at Mott Community College. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator during the Winter semester for admission. Final determination of program entry will be made by a competitive (selective) process.
Students meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be ranked for admission into the program using a value point system. Points will be awarded to students based on the application submitted by the deadline.
All eligibility coursework must have been completed prior to the application deadline; consideration will not be given for coursework or other requirements that are in progress. Applicants with all required science courses completed at the time of application will be more competitive.