Are there any personal attributes I should consider when thinking about dental hygiene as a career?
Yes. Prospective students should have the ability to succeed in a science-based curriculum, relate well to people on a one to one basis, feel comfortable working in close proximity with people of all ages and backgrounds, be patient, and have good time management skills.
Are there any specific physical requirements necessary to perform dental hygiene functions?
Yes. A dental hygienist must 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 rheostat for hand pieces and other adjunct dental equipment. The body must be able to work from dental operator’s stool in order to perform dental hygiene procedures. The ability to sit and stand for duration of time is also necessary. Other specific requirements include: color discrimination (differentiation of various shades of color and gradations from black to white); manual dexterity/motor coordination (discern changes in surface textures by manipulating dental instruments, control exertion of hand/finger pressure); hand-eye coordination (transfer of visual input into motor output); physical communications (perceive sound through telephone, hear commands through operator’s face mask, discern blood pressure sounds); visual acuity (identify the working ends of various dental instruments and implements at a 2 foot distance); forms/spatial ability (view in 3 dimensional relationships, distinguish subtle changes from one form or shape to another, discriminate intricate measurements); language development (speak clearly so that patient understands his/her dental condition). Applicants 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 Health Sciences 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 begin 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. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including appropriate vaccinations (including Hepatitis B) and physician recommendations. All students beginning the Dental Hygiene Program are provided with written policy and instruction on infection control protocol to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The Program complies with all institutional policies and applicable regulations of local, state and federal agencies including, but not limited to, radiation hygiene and protection, ionizing radiation, hazardous materials, and bloodborne and infectious diseases. Policies and procedures on the Dental Hygiene Program's bloodborne and infectious diseases are available to all applicants upon request.
Do I have to be licensed to practice dental hygiene?
Yes. To apply for a license in any state, one must graduate from an accredited program, pass the written National Board, a regional or state clinical / written board and a written state exam typically focusing on the state laws and rules and regulations of dental hygiene practice.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation accredits the program. The Ohio Board of Regents also approves it.
Are there any special requirements for beginning the dental hygiene program?
Yes. Enrollment is limited; therefore, acceptance by Sinclair does not automatically mean the student will be eligible to take the limited enrollment dental hygiene courses of the program. Candidates must become eligible by satisfactorily completing the pre-requisite courses within the specified time period and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Formal notification of eligibility to take the limited enrollment dental hygiene courses of the program is required.
Is there a wait list to start the program?
Yes. Programs within the Life and Health Sciences Division may have specific class/cohort sizes limited by the availability of placement in the clinical portion of the curriculum. As a result of this limited class/cohort size, there is a waiting period between completion of program admission requirements and starting the program. This waiting period varies between programs (about 3 years for Dental Hygiene), but should be used to prepare for the rigorous demands and scheduling of the program coursework. Suggestions include taking additional classes needed for graduation and planning for the financial and time obligations that are associated with completion of the program. The expected wait time to begin the Dental Hygiene courses is about three years.
How long is the wait list for Dental Hygiene?
The waiting period between completion of program admission requirements and starting the Dental Hygiene program is about three years
When do classes begin?
Students are admitted once a year in the fall semester. Prerequisites must be complete in order to be given permission to register for the limited enrollment dental hygiene courses as mentioned in the above question.
Can credits earned in the program be transferred or applied to a baccalaureate degree?
General studies courses included in the program were selected, in part, because they are transferable. Dental hygiene courses are technical courses and as such need to be evaluated by the institution to which you are transferring. They may or may not be transferable or applicable to a higher degree.
Important Information about Life and Health Sciences Programs: The Life and Health Sciences (LHS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each LHS program's webpage.