2013-2014 catalog 
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2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene Program, A.A.S.

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An Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Certificate in Dental Assisting are offered in cooperation with the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In both cases the diploma or certificate is awarded jointly by the two Colleges.

30 of 35 General Education credits must be taken at Brookdale. All dentistry courses are taken at UMDNJ’s Scotch Plains campus. All prospective students must apply to Brookdale for admission to these programs which have limited enrollment and an entrance examination. More information about both of these programs can be obtained by calling the Office of Admissions at (732) 224-2330.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Exhibit competency as clinicians through demonstrated performance on the North East Regional Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the National Board Examination and feedback from Employer Surveys
  • Assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and communities through participation in multiple off-campus dental health education community projects
  • Obtain RDH license issued by the State Board of Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Perform multiple, expanded dental auxiliary functions as defined in the New Jersey State Dental Practice Act under the auspices of Dental Specialties II and Clinical Services I, II and III
  • Demonstrate professional development through membership in the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association and participation in related activities
  • Display professional demeanor at all times as evidenced by professional development grades achieved in all dental courses
  • Prepare individuals for employment as dental hygienists according to established studies by the American Dental Hygiene Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and the American Dental Hygiene Association
  • Determine student satisfaction with educational programming by assessment of course evaluations and alumni surveys
  • Assess patient satisfaction with treatment service provided by students through data collection from the patient satisfaction survey
  • Demonstrate competency in dental hygiene as stated in the Dental Hygiene Standard of Care and American Dental Educators Association Competencies



A grade of “C” or higher is required in all General Education courses.

Credits required for degree: 87

Program Code for registration: PDTHP

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Suggested Sequence - Dental Hygiene Program A.A.S. Degree

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Basic Skills requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See your counselor for other options and to monitor your progress. Students must satisfy specific requirements in order to be admitted to this program. See Admission to Health Science Programs, Admission and Registration  section of this Catalog. This degree will take longer than two years to complete. Some general education courses must be taken prior to starting clinical courses. See below.

Total Credits: 35

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Degree Audit Information

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