Wake Tech’s Dental Hygiene program prepares students to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for individual patients and for the community. The program was established as an AAS program on the Perry Health Sciences Campus in the fall of 2002.
The mission of the Dental Hygiene Department is to promote total wellness by advancing oral health in the state of North Carolina through quality education and service. This mission is consistent with the missions of the Health Sciences Division and Wake Technical Community College.
The Dental Hygiene program is founded on humanistic teaching, service, scholarly endeavors, and patient care. The learning environment stimulates the discovery of new knowledge through effective communication. Mutual respect among faculty, staff, and students must be demonstrated in all endeavors. The primary responsibility of the faculty is to provide a comprehensive approach to student development that includes and encourages professionalism and critical, independent thinking – while encouraging students to accept responsibility for their own learning. Ultimately, the department is committed to providing collaborative educational programs for a culturally-diverse student population, with the goal of optimizing each student’s growth, achievement, and maturation as a professional.
The program(s) in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Accredited Without Reporting Requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.
A copy of the Dental Hygiene Accreditation Standards may be found at http://www.ada.org/en/coda/current-accreditation-standards. The CODA Policies and Procedures, including those for complaints, may be found online at http://www.ada.org/en/coda/policies-and-guidelines/file-a-complaint