Requirements: HBV vaccination, Tuberculosis (TB) testing and verification of results, Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination (MMR) verification and proof of immunity through a blood test, Tdap, (Tetanus within 10 years), Chicken Pox vaccination or proof of immunity through a blood test. TB testing may be required yearly.
Students as Partners: During the course of study, it is commonplace for students to serve as a “learning patient partner” for another student. Dental hygiene procedures and pain control methods are often practiced on each other.
At the conclusion of the second year of study the student will be eligible to take the necessary licensing examinations: National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and a Regional Board Examination. Additional Board Examinations may be required in some states for administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation.
The applicant for licensure must have a criminal background check and the State of Michigan Department of Community Health will review applications for licensure in these matters. Obtaining licensure may be impeded in certain cases. Drug screening checks may be required for licensure and/or clinical placement while a student in the program. Additional background checks may be required for clinical experiences while in the program.
In addition to tuition and lab fees, students entering the dental hygiene program will be required to purchase an instrument kit, uniforms and various supplies that will be used during their clinical experience. The cost is estimated at $3,300.00. Licensing examinations estimated costs are $1,500.