Department Chair: Deborah Cook, RDh,MAEd
Phone: (201) 879-5390
Department Secretary: Susan DiSanto
Phone: (201) 447-7937
Fax: (201) 447-2384
Dental Hygiene Clinic Phone: (201) 447-7180
Dental Hygiene Clinic Location: HP-103
The Dental Hygiene AAS Program prepares graduates to perform competently in providing preventive oral care. The program incorporates didactic, clinical, technological, and laboratory teaching approaches throughout the curriculum. The dental hygiene curriculum is a challenging one that provides a “hands-on” approach and incorporates a variety of educational experiences and environments from the traditional classroom to the laboratory and clinic. The dental hygiene clinic is open to anyone seeking preventative oral health care. The program for Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”).
The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) is designed to provide students with the coursework and clinical training needed to enter into the field as a dental hygienist. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in dental hygiene. Once students complete the program, they are prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments Examination (CDCA). Once students pass the licensure exam and requirements, they become a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in Dental Hygiene may consider transfer opportunities into other allied health and science majors. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.