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Dental Hygiene: A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science

CIP Code: 51.0602


The mission of the Dental Hygiene program is designed to prepare graduates who meet the requirements for an A.A.S. degree and are prepared to take regional and national licensure examinations. The curriculum prepares students for practice in accordance with the New York State Dental Practice Act and to enter the profession as a competent entry-level dental hygienist.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and medically compromised patient.
  2. Graduates must be competent in providing the dental hygiene process of care which includes:
    a. Assessment: The systematic collection and analysis of the following data to identify patient needs and oral health problems.
    b. Planning: The establishment of realistic goals and treatment strategies to facilitate optimal oral health.
    c. Implementation: Provision of treatment as identified in the assessment and planning phase.
    d. Evaluation: Measurement of the extent to which goals identified in the treatment plan were achieved.
  3. Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene care for all types of classifications of periodontal disease including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  4. Graduates must be competent in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
  5. Graduates must be competent in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community based oral health programs including, health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  6. Graduates must be competent in providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice.
  7. Graduates must be competent in applying ethical, legal and regulatory concepts to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
  8. Graduates must be competent in the application of self-assessment skills to prepare them for life-long learning.
  9. Graduates must be competent in the evaluation of current scientific literature.
  10. Graduates must be competent in problem solving strategies (critical thinking and decision-making skills) related to comprehensive patient care and management of patients.


The SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval Without Reporting Requirements.”  Approval (without reporting requirements) is an accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicting that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at +1 (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.  The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Program Supervisor

Maureen Mullins Hankin, Chairperson
Office: Decker Health Science Center, Room 217
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5149
E-mail: hankinmr@sunybroome.edu

The Dental Hygiene curriculum is designed to prepare students for contemporary practice of dental hygiene.  The curriculum emphasizes the fundamental knowledge necessary for practice in a private dental office or similar clinical setting under the supervision of a dentist.

The dental hygienist performs various preventive services, such as dental prophylaxis, topical fluoride applications, dental sealants, dental radiographs, instruction in plaque control procedures and experience with computerized dental office management systems.  Successful completion of this curriculum permits one to take the required written and practical licensure examinations.

Students who wish to pursue a career as a dental hygienist in public health, health management, health education or dental hygiene education are encouraged to transfer to a baccalaureate program after graduation.

According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Dental Hygiene wage average was $77,090/hourly rate $37.06 and the NYS average was $83,600/hourly rate $40.19. By the year 2030, the national employment trend is expected to increase by 11% nationally and 25% in NYS. SUNY Broome graduates meeting state and national licensing requirements are employed within six months of graduation.

In addition to textbooks, students are also expected to purchase numerous clinical supplies and malpractice insurance for clinical practice.  Students are also required to complete the Dental Hygiene Department Freshman Orientation Manual requirements prior to admittance in the fall DH courses.

Individuals who self-disclose the presence of a blood-borne infectious disease will be shown the same consideration as non-infected individuals and will be offered reasonable accommodations.  All information regarding the health status on an individual is considered confidential, and protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1994.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

Pre-requisite requirements and/or academic preparation for admissions

  1. Math Level 2: Regents Course 1 and II
    or Applied Math I, II, III
    or Algebra I and Geometry
    or Equivalent (minimum grade 74)
  2. Regents Biology
    or Applied Science I and II
    or Equivalent (minimum grade 74)
  3. Regents Chemistry
    or Equivalent (minimum grade 74)

Recommended High School subjects: College Preparatory Courses

First Year

Second Year

Graduation Requirement: 70 Credits


DEN 110 Dental Materials and DEN 213 Community Dental Health each count as one “Writing Emphasis” (W) course.  A total of two “Writing Emphasis” courses are required for the A.A.S. DH Degree.

Students are required to complete a course in CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) before entering the dental hygiene program.  Students must also be re-certified before entering the third semester.  The department strongly recommends that the student have a vaccination against Hepatitis B and an eye exam prior to beginning the program.  Students must complete the DEN course sequence three (3) years from the start of the first required professional DEN course.

All required science courses in the Dental Hygiene program must be completed during the program or may be completed prior to starting the program.  Science courses completed prior to the program entrance, must be completed no more than five years prior to program entry.  Fully online science courses are not eligible to meet the program’s following science requirements:

  • BIO 131: Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 cr
  • BIO 132: Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 cr
  • CLT 208: Pathogenic Microbiology - 3 cr
  • CLT 209L: Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory - 1 cr

All courses taken to meet the above science requirements MUST include an on-ground laboratory component.

Each course in the 70 credit curriculum must be passed with a “C” letter grade or better.  If student has required program coursework in-process while being admitted into the program (e.g., and require science course, ENG 110/220, PSY 110, or sociology course), that required coursework must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or better in order for the student to commence and DEN designated courses.  Failing in-process coursework during the admissions process and prior to the commencement of the semester, may interrupt the student’s ability to begin the program on time and may result in the student begin the dental hygiene program on probation.