Being an accredited program is a big deal.
It means it has reached or surpassed a level of high educational standards, as in the case of Macomb Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, which has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The news is not only good for MCC but 36 students in Macomb County who will begin the two-year degree program through which graduates will earn an associate of science and prepare for the exams for licensure as well as work as a dental hygienist in dental practices.
Dental hygienists play an essential role in helping individuals maintain good oral health, performing cleanings and patient screening procedures including x-rays, applying preventative materials such as fluoride and sealants or antibiotic and antimicrobial medications to teeth, delivering local anesthesia or nitrous oxide sedation, and counseling patients on good oral hygiene and nutrition. Locally there is significant demand for dental hygienists, with starting salaries of at least $70,000 per year.
Beginning January 2023, Macomb’s first cohort of dental hygiene students will begin working with patients under the supervision of local dental science professionals in the program’s clinic facility.
This will make available a wide range of low-cost preventative services to residents. Hours of operation and costs for services are to be determined and will be released closer to the clinic’s opening to the public.
The next cohort of students will begin the program Fall 2023.
Macomb’s Dental Hygiene program is a selective admissions program, which includes among other requirements completion of prerequisite courses with a specific GPA and taking the ATI TEAS exam, which is designed to assess whether an individual has the essential academic skills for entering the health science fields.
For more information about the program visit macomb.edu