Dental Hygiene Program
Student Handbook

The students of the Health Sciences Dental Hygiene program are expected to demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Behaviors that are required of a dental hygienist will be emphasized throughout the program.

Student Code of Conduct
Students are representative of Shasta College, the Health Sciences Dental Hygiene Program, and the Dental Hygiene Profession.  Students are obligated to function within the framework of the professional Standards of Ethical Conduct and applicable Rules and Regulations governing professional Dental Hygiene practice, the Shasta College Student Code of Conduct (College Catalog), and the policies and procedures of the Health Sciences division and Dental Hygiene Programs.

Dental hygiene consumers expect the students of the Dental Hygiene program to be well prepared and conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity.  Students who exhibit unacceptable behaviors will meet with their faculty and will receive an Occurrence Form regarding the behavior and may receive a student contract identifying actions that must be completed to remediate behavior. 

There are behaviors that are serious enough to result in dismissal from the Dental Hygiene program without possibility of return. These include:

  • Gross negligence resulting in harm to client or family
  • Verbal threat of physical harm (assault)
  • Physical violence (battery)
  • Falsifying the patient record
  • Carrying a weapon or illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Stealing from clinical area, college, or faculty
  • Failure to satisfactorily complete any student contract
  • Failure to comply or remediate any issues addressed by Safe Clinical Practices Policy

Student Communications
Students are expected to follow the appropriate communication channels as outlined in the administration structure.

Conflict Resolution
Students are expected to seek resolution of conflicts with other students.  If mediation is necessary, students may consult faculty or the program director.


Dental Hygiene Student Handbook