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Accreditation

 

Mississippi Delta Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate of Arts Degree and the Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi Delta Community College.

Accreditation is also maintained through the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Next CODA site visit is 2017.

Application & Admission Procedure

Applications are available after mid-November. All high school and college transcripts and ACT scores must be received along with the application by March 1st.   When the application is available, the link located below will be active.

 

The Dental Hygiene Technology Program provides students with a general education and a comprehensive clinical dental hygiene experience that prepares them for a career in the dental hygiene profession. The program includes clinical experience in treating patients throughout the lifespan with normal oral care and general systemic conditions. All phases of dental hygiene education are covered and practiced by clinical experience.

The program consists of 52 hours of dental hygiene courses and 37 academic hours.

The MDCC Dental Hygiene Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. They are eligible to write the National Board of Dental Examiners, as well as individual state board examination for dental hygiene licensure.

Legal Limitations for Employment as a DH:
According to Mississippi State Law, an individual may not be eligible for employment in a health care agency if the person has ever been convicted of a felony, or plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (f), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust or aggravated assault, of felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Meet general admission requirements.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET).
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 18 (15 if taken before October 28, 1989) OR a minimum ACT score of 16 to 17 (12 to 14 if taken before October 28, 1989) and have completed at least 12 semester hours with a “C” average or better in courses approved by the DH program.
  • Take the entrance test at the applicant’s own expense. Must be taken within 18 months of application deadline
  • Observe a registered dental hygienist.

Procedure

Applicants must complete a Dental Hygiene Technology Application Packet. The following documents must be on file in the Dental Hygiene office by March 1 to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Technology Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Dental Hygiene Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript from all colleges previously or presently attending
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test scores
  • One academic and one personal/work reference form

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

Selection

No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, performance on core courses, and references submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:

  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of “C” or better during the summer session or regular session prior to admission to the DH program
  • Satisfactory completion of Healthcare Providers CPR taught during the summer
  • Satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • Health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis-B vaccination series, Tdap booster and TB skin test
  • Acceptable pre-admission drug screen

Student Responsibilities

Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • Attend a DHT orientation session.
  • Be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Dental Hygiene Technology students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, background check, Hepatitis B vaccination series, national and state certification examination fees, accident insurance, and registry review seminars. Fees are not limited to these listed.
  • Be responsible for their own transportation to the college campus and community agencies
  • Female students are encouraged to follow the pregnancy policy

Progression

A Dental Hygiene Technology student must maintain a grade of “C” in all Dental Hygiene Technology core courses to progress in the program. Additionally, a student must obtain a grade of “C” in all DHT co-requisite courses to graduate from the program.

Policy on Readmission to Health Science Programs

A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.

Resources

Pregnancy Policy
Rating Scale for Admission
Core Performance Standards
Course Check Sheet

 

Course of Study

Students may wish to take non-dental hygiene courses prior to entering the Dental Hygiene Program. The following courses are required for graduation in the Dental Hygiene Program and are offered at selected off-campus sites as well as on the Mississippi Delta Community College Campus. For more information contact Catherine Dunn, Program Director, 662-246-6247.

*Required prerequisites must be completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

*BIO 2513/2511 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hrs
*BIO 2523/2521 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hrs
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3 hrs
CHE 1213/1211 or
CHE 1313/1311
General Chemistry or
Principles of Chemistry
4 hrs
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3 hrs
CSC 1123 Computer Applications 3 hrs
SOC 2113 Introduction to Sociology 3 hrs
FCS 1253 Nutrition 3 hrs
BIO 2923/2921 Microbiology 4 hrs
COM/SPT 1113 Public Speaking I 3 hrs
Fine Arts/
Humanities
Elective
ART 1113,
MUS 1113 /
HIS, ENG, MFL, or PHI
3 hrs

For further information contact Catherine Dunn at 662-246-6247.

Career Facts and FAQs

 

Career Facts

Who is a dental hygienist?
A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is a licensed member of the oral health team who provides treatment to prevent oral diseases such as dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease (gum diseases). The dental hygienist also instructs patients on methods to improve and maintain optimal oral health.

What does a Dental Hygienist do?
Each state has its own specific regulations and licensure requirements. The range of services performed by a dental hygienist will vary from one to another.

Where does a Dental Hygienist work?
The dental hygienist usually works as a clinical practitioner in either general dental practices or specialty practices such as periodontics (treatment for disease of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth) and pediatric dentistry (treatment for children). They also work as educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consumer advocates and consultants.

 

FAQ's

What does the “RDH” designation mean?
The “RDH” designation is an acronym for Registered Dental Hygienist. The designation assures patients that the dental hygienist has completed a nationally accredited program, has successfully passed a state clinical examination and a national written examination, and has received a state license to provide preventive oral health care services and patient education.

Why consider Dental Hygiene as a career?
Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 33 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.

Do dental hygienists come in contact with infectious diseases/bloodborne pathogens?
Dental patients and Dental Health Care Providers (DHCP) can be exposed to pathogenic microorganisms including cytomegalovirus (CMV), HBV, HCV, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, HIV, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococci, streptococci, and other viruses and bacteria that colonize or infect the oral cavity and respiratory tract. These organisms can be transmitted in dental settings through 1) direct contact with blood, oral fluids, or other patient materials; 2) indirect contact with contaminated objects (e.g., instruments, equipment, or environmental surfaces); 3) contact of conjunctival, nasal, or oral mucosa with droplets (e.g., spatter) containing microorganisms generated from an infected person and propelled a short distance (e.g., by coughing, sneezing, or talking); and 4) inhalation of airborne microorganisms that can remain suspended in the air for long periods.
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5217a1.htm

 The MDCC Dental Hygiene Program follows the Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings to reduce bloodborne exposures to patients and DHCPs.

 

Dental Hygiene Continuing Education

 

SAVE THE DATE ~ March 31, 2017

  More information to come!