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Curriculum Information Guide

Dental Hygiene

Dr. Maureen Tsokris, Chair
Dental Hygiene Department
Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences


Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program prepares students for licensure and entry into the profession of dental hygiene, as well as certification in the administration of local infiltration anesthesia/nitrous oxide analgesia. This optional BS program will offer students a broad foundation of knowledge that will prepare them for the emerging roles within oral healthcare.  The optional BS program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements.” Since the optional BS program is a new program at Farmingdale State College, the Commission on Dental Accreditation will review this program at the next accreditation site visit scheduled for 2022. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: www.ada.org/coda. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, as well as State and Regional Practical Board Examinations for dental hygienists.

As the dental hygiene profession continues to expand, career opportunities beyond clinical practice will require a higher level credential such as a bachelor’s degree.  Emphasis is placed on broadening the career paths for practicing hygienists. Foundation courses are in the areas of teaching, research and public health with an emphasis on service learning and inter-professional collaboration. Although the clinical role is most closely connected with dental hygiene, it is only one of six roles formally designated for the hygienist, which include educator, researcher, administrator, change agent, and consumer advocate. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is designed to provide comprehensive upper-level studies that will prepare dental hygienists to adapt to the emerging new roles in oral healthcare.  All aspects of dental hygiene are incorporated into the theoretical framework and practical experiences of the curriculum.  The program includes general education as well as specialized coursework in the biomedical and oral sciences. 

Students perform a variety of comprehensive services at the College’s technologically advanced Dental Hygiene Care Center. Among these services are thorough assessment of oral conditions, non-surgical periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing of teeth), exposing, processing and interpreting oral x-rays, patient education and nutritional counseling. In addition students in the Bachelor curriculum will participate in a number of off campus clinical rotations in hospital settings.

The Dental Hygiene Care Center is in compliance with all Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA)/Infection Control regulations regarding infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens.

As a condition for acceptance into the dental hygiene program all applicants are required to submit evidence of satisfactory health.  Evidence of immunization and adequate titers for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella must be provided.  In addition, matriculated students will be required to take a yearly Mantoux test for tuberculosis.  Students are strongly urged to submit evidence of immunization and titer for Hepatitis B.  It is recommended that students who test negatively for Hepatitis B receive the appropriate vaccine.  Students who decline this recommendation will be required to sign a waiver of responsibility. All Dental Hygiene students are required to participate in the group liability policy, provided by the college, which will afford malpractice coverage during the time enrolled in the dental hygiene curriculum.

Individuals who have been found guilty, or pleaded guilty to a felony, may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure. The State Certifying Board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances. Contact NYS Office of the Professions for further information at www.op.nysed.gov.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Private Dental Offices
Geriatric Facilities
Public Health Agencies
Research Laboratories
School Health Services
Pharmaceutical Corporations
Private Care Center
Dental Supply Companies
Armed Forces
Insurance Companies
Managed Care Facilities


Dental Hygiene (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to the general population including the adolescent, geriatric and special needs patient.
  • Graduates will develop an expertise in the area of health promotion and disease prevention through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of community based oral health programs and effective interaction with diverse population groups. 
  • Graduates will understand the role of leadership, management, and technology as it applies to dental hygiene practice.
  • Graduates will develop the skills necessary to analyze and apply scientific literature in the dental hygiene process of care. 
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the learning process, various teaching methodologies and evaluation techniques as they apply to the dental hygiene educator.
  • Graduates will utilize professional judgment and critical thinking skills for recognition and management of ethical, legal and regulatory issues. 
  • Graduates will develop a sense of professionalism as health care providers including self-assessment and will seek educational advancement for continued growth and development following commencement.
Special Opportunities

As a student in the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Program you are eligible to participate in the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) which promotes student leadership through community outreach, lunch and learn programs, and various campus activities.

Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision
Liberal Arts and Sciences (60 credits)
BIO 166 Anatomy & Physiology (GE) 4
CHM 140 Intro to General, Organic & Biochemistry (GE) 4
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology 4
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MTH 110 Statistics (GE) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (GE) 3
SOC 228 Society & Health 3
SPE 202 Interpersonal Communications (GE) 3
SPE 330 Professional and Technical Speech 3
American/Other World/Western Civilization History Elective (GE) 3
The Arts (GE) 3
Foreign Language Level I 3
Foreign Language Level II (GE) 3
Humanities (GE) 3
Upper Level Liberal Arts & Science Elective (300 level & above) 12

Required: Dental Hygiene (65 credits)
DEN 102 Dental Materials & Expanded Functions 3
DEN 105 Dental & Oral Anatomy 3
DEN 106 Oral Radiology I 3
DEN 108 Oral Histology & Embryology 2
DEN 110 Preventive Oral Concepts I 2
DEN 115 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3
DEN 126 Periodontology 2
DEN 203 Principles of Nutrition for Oral Health Professionals 2
DEN 205 Oral Pathology 3
DEN 207 Oral Radiology II 1
DEN 212 Pharmacology 2
DEN 220 Preventive Oral Health Concepts II 2
DEN 225 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DEN 302 Principles of Dental Anesthesia 2
DEN 310 Teaching Strategies for Health Educators 3
DEN 322 Dental Public Health Planning 3
DEN 330 Essentials of Clinical Practice Theory 2
DEN 335 Essentials of Clinical Practice I 3
DEN 340 Dental Hygiene Law and Practice Management 2
DEN 345 Essentials of Clinical Practice II 3
DEN 401 Health Science Research Principles & Methods 3
DEN 406W Proposals & Grant Management for Health Programs 3
DEN 430 Senior Seminar I 1
DEN 435 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice I 4
DEN 440 Senior Seminar II 1
DEN 445 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice II 4
Total Credits 125

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 125

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


Once a student has been admitted to DEN 105, courses must be completed in semester sequence, without interruption. Any student who misses a semester will not be permitted to continue in the program until approval has been obtained (if granted) from the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee of the Dental Hygiene Department. Students who have been given permission to continue in the program will be required to take the skills refresher course DEN 015. Procedural information may be obtained from the Department Chair of Dental Hygiene in Gleeson Hall.

1. The nature of this program will expose students to bodily fluids and blood borne pathogens. The Dental Hygiene Department adheres strictly to the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) Guidelines for infectious disease control.

2. Students must be certified in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers prior to entering the clinical sequence

3. Students are required to provide their own transportation to off campus field experiences. For all field experiences, student dress must conform with field agency protocol.

4. Students are required to purchase their own instruments and specific clinically related supplies.

5. A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be maintained in all courses with a DEN, BIO or CHM prefix. A failure in a clinically related area constitutes withdrawal from the Dental Hygiene curriculum.

6. Students are also required to provide their own patients (approximately 8) for clinic during the second semester of the program.

Dental Hygiene Admission Requirements from High School:

High School Diploma or GED
Integrated Algebra and Geometry
Laboratory Biology
Laboratory Chemistry

* In addition to the high school requirements, applicants not applying directly from high school are required to complete the following courses prior to admission:

  • EGL 101
  • BIO 166
  • BIO 220

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.