Dental Hygiene Program
Student Handbook

The Dental Hygiene program has been designed to provide an environment in which students can succeed in meeting their professional goal of becoming a dental hygienist.  Program standards have been developed to assist students by providing clear guidelines and expectations.

Faculty Advisor
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist with adacemic and clinical success. Student prograss is monitored by the students's faculty advisor. Mandatory midterm conferences are scheduled between the faculty advisor and the student. However, students may schedule a conference with instructors at any time during the program.

All meetings with the faculty advisor and instructors will be documented.  Written communication of the meetings will be coped to the student, held confidential, and plcaed in the student's file.

Curriculum/Clinical Competencies
Dental Hygiene education is a competency-based learing system with studetns performing tasks numerous times to gain competency.  The curriculum builds upon previous course work. Clinical competencies evaluate the attainment of specific skills that will lead to the student's overall clinical skill.

Course Exemptions
Because the curriculum builds upon previous course work, SCDH courses are not eligible to be exempt from an enrolled student's schedule.  All students, regardless of work experience, licensure, and education, must successfully complete all SCDH courses.  In addition, no dental hygiene course is eligible for "challenge".

Students must register for the designated dental hygiene courses prior to the first day of the semester.  There is No Late Registration. If the student fails to meet the registration deadline, they will be dropped from the program.  Students must register for summer sessions prior to the first day of the summer session/clinic.

  • Students acepted in the SCDH Program are not eligible to drop or add any individual course. (all courses in a semester are co-requisite)
  • There is No auditing of an SCDH course

Students are expected to complete all reading and written assignments.  If the student, at any time, is unclear on any assignment, they are expected to consult with the course instructor for clarification.

Late Assignments & tests
Approval to complete assignments late or to take a test later than the rest of the class, will be based on individual situations and determined by the course instructor.

Each instructor develops testing and grading requirements for the course and publishes them in the first day handout. Students must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the course information handouts.

If grades fall below the minimum requirement as outlined in the course informatin handouts, the student will be placed on academic probation. All clinical course requirements are increased by 5% each course to ensure higher competency.  (example, DNTL 14 and 24 = 75%, DNTL 34 = 80%, DNTL 42/43 = 85%).

Remediation plans and contracts may be developed between faculty and student when a student's grade falls below the minimum requirement as outlined in the course information handout.

Temporary Grades
Should a student need a temporary grade, faculty will review the student's progress and apply an "Incomplete". The student and faculty or program director will develop a plan that will allow the incomplete to change to a letter grade.

Occurrence Errors
Occurrence errors may be given by faculty to students when there has been a breach in policy, procedure or professionalism and is considered a disciplinary action.

Test Binders
Binders are created for each student in which to collect test materials from the dental hygiene program. These binders will not be available for student study sessions individually or collectively during the program.  However, the student will be allowd to view and study from their binder prior to the National Board Examination.

Dental Hygiene Student Handbook