August 15, 2013
A program in dental hygiene delivered jointly by North Central Missouri (NCMC) in Trenton and Hillyard Technical Center (HTC) in St. Joseph has been fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education which accredits dental schools as well as advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs. CODA was established in 1975 and is the sole agency accrediting dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. Its mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs.
The NCMC/HTC Dental Hygiene Program was started in 2009 as a joint effort to meet the needs of the dental community and citizens in Northwest and North Central Missouri. The program was granted “initial accreditation” status by the CODA in 2011 and has operated in that status until now. However, action taken by the CODA earlier this month has now given the program full “approval without reporting requirements,” and officials from CODA will conduct a site visit in 2018 to determine that its high standards continue to be met.
This Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree which can be earned by completing requirements in general education courses (typically at North Central Missouri College in Trenton) as well as didactic and hands-on courses taught at Hillyard Technical Center. Graduates are eligible to take a regional clinical board examination and the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination required for state licensure. Thereafter, they are considered dental professionals trained for a variety of Dental Hygiene career options, although the major of dental hygienists work in the clinical setting.
Twenty-eight students have graduated from the program since its inception in 2009 and nearly all have obtained employment in the dental field.
More information can be obtained about the NCMC/HTC Dental Hygiene Program by contacting Kristi Cutsinger at North Central Missouri College (660 359 3948 x1316) or Kathy Stockett at Hillyard Technical Center (816 671 4170).