Mental and Physical Requirements

To work as a dental hygienist, clinicians must:

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Have use of both hands, dexterity in the fingers, and tactile sensitivity to manipulate dental instruments, materials, dental hand pieces, and operate dental equipment. The use of feet is necessary to manipulate the rheostat for hand pieces and other dental equipment.
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Have the ability to work seated in a dental operator’s stool, as well as, stand for a duration of time.
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Have color discrimination, manual dexterity/motor coordination, hand-eye coordination,  physical communication, visual acuity , forms/spatial ability, and effective verbal communication.

Prospective students to the Dental Hygiene Program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications, for informing the college of any potential problem areas and for identifying to the Dental Hygiene Department any particular accommodations they may need. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Disability Services and may utilize these services to determine appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with any reasonable accommodation that may be provided by the college.