Dental Hygiene - Program
The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Dental Hygiene Program consists of five prerequisite courses and a four-semester professional sequence offered jointly in conjunction with the following affiliates:
Forty- 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 also provide instruction in the program. Dental hygiene students have access to the most modern equipment and treatment facilities at the Rutgers of Dental Medicine as well as at the SHRP-Scotch Plains Dental Suite.
Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a joint Associate Degree in Applied Science by Brookdale Community College, Essex County College, Ocean County College, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, Thomas Edison State College, or Union County College, and Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. Graduates are eligible to take the National and Northeast Regional Board examinations for dental hygiene licensure.
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.