Dental Hygiene - Program
The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Dental Hygiene Program consists of six prerequisite courses and a four-semester professional sequence offered jointly in conjunction with the following affiliates:
Forty students are accepted into the program each January and commence their studies under the professional leadership of the faculty of the Rutgers SHRP. Faculty of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) also provide instruction in the clinical phase of the program. Dental hygiene students have access to the most modern equipment and treatment facilities at the Rutgers of Dental Medicine and in the SHRP-Scotch Plains Dental Suite.
Students who successfully complete the program, effective for the entering class of January 2017, graduates will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree from Rutgers University. Graduates are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board examation administered through the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), formerly (NERB) examination required for dental hygiene licensure.
Scotch Plains Dental Suite
The philosophy of the Allied Dental Education faculty is the promotion of teamwork between the two disciplines of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. In order to advance this cooperative team philosophy, a core of allied dental courses has been developed.
Rutgers is the only program in New Jersey that provides students the opportunity to transfer core courses completed in the Dental Assisting Program into the Dental Hygiene Program within two years of completion.
The Dental Hygiene Program is approved by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education and is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Accreditation, the specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.