Completing The Clinical Component

To successfully complete the clinical component of the Program, the student must be able to perform all of the essential functions of a dental hygienist:

  1. Communicate satisfactorily with clients, physicians, peers, family members, and the health care team.
  2. See and hear adequately to note slight changes in the client’s conditions.
  3. Hear adequately to perceive and interpret various equipment signals.
  4. Demonstrate adequate eye/hand coordination for dexterity in manipulation of hand instruments and other equipment used in clinical practice.
  5. Manage the care of a client in a sudden emergency, including one-man CPR when necessary.
  6. Possess the visual acuity to correctly read handwritten orders, medication records, chart contents, and provide safety for clients.

Despite the foregoing, a qualified person with a disability who can perform these essential functions with reasonable accommodation will be considered for admission along with other qualified applicants.

Clinical Environment

The student should realize that student dental hygienists are, by nature of the profession, exposed regularly to highly stressful and demanding situations, difficult clients, and organizational and time pressures in a variety of client care settings. In addition, student and practicing dental hygienists are routinely exposed to blood and body fluids.