INITIAL ACCREDITATION – 90 Day Notice for Solicitation of Comments
South College Nashville Learning Site has applied to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for “initial accreditation” to open a Dental Hygiene program. Any third-party comments are due to the Commission office sixty (60) days prior to the on-site visit. Signed or unsigned comments will be accepted, names and/or signatures will be removed from comments prior to them being forwarded to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commissions accreditation process. The deadline for comments is June 16, 2018. A copy of the current accreditation standards can be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800- 621-8099, extension 4653.
This program is designed for those qualified individuals who wish to gain their academic credentials in the field of dental hygiene. The program requires completion of 122 quarter hours of coursework (10 quarters; 30 months), including 82 quarter credit hours of dental hygiene courses. Dental Hygiene courses, labs, and clinical experiences are designed for on ground. Students may choose to take general education and other pre-requisite courses online or on ground. Upon receipt of approval from SACSCOC and CODA, the first cohort will begin major courses beginning spring quarter 2019.
Admission to this program will occur twice each calendar year (April and October). The first class of students is anticipated to include a maximum of 30 qualified individuals (April). New admissions will occur each quarter for prerequisites and be ongoing.
This program will be delivered via an on ground delivery method for the dental hygiene courses, labs, and clinics. General education and prerequisite courses may be completed via online or on ground sections. The curriculum is tailored to provide a balance of theoretical, laboratory, and clinical instruction to prepare students for the unique challenges of dental hygiene in the 21st century.
Onsite laboratory intensive courses in the major curriculum reflect the importance of hands-on skill acquisition. The clinical courses allow students to gain clinical experience in the delivery of dental hygiene services to patients under the direct supervision of faculty. This face-to-face time with faculty is focused on the development of the student’s knowledge, communication, techniques, problem solving, decision making, and clinical proficiency.
In support of the South College mission, the mission of the Dental Hygiene program is to develop future dental hygienists with the skills necessary to grow and reach their potential as a dental healthcare provider. The program seeks to provide quality, comprehensive, evidence-based education centered on patient clinical care and outreach experiences and aims to instill the desire to continue education in dental hygiene so that students become life-long learners and contribute to the dental profession. The South College Dental Hygiene program is committed to providing students with practical programs of study, engaging laboratory exercises, and stimulating clinical practice that integrate real-world application. The goals of the program are to:
- Prepare competent dental hygiene who utilize and integrate knowledge, apply critical thinking skills related to biomedical science, dental science, and dental hygiene science.
- Provide clinical experiences and opportunities that support and encourage the development of communication and psychomotor skills relevant to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Prepare dental hygiene graduates to display professionalism along with ethical leadership in the delivery of evidence-based patient care.
- Prepare dental hygiene graduates to utilize reasoning, judgement, critical thinking skills, and leadership skills necessary to identify problems, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate the effectiveness of solutions.
- Consider students’ individuality, support their needs and development, and encourage them to reach their full potential as dental healthcare providers.
- Prepare dental hygiene graduates who can function in the interprofessional health care system and meet the needs of the elderly, medically compromised, culturally diverse, disadvantaged, and mentally and physically challenged.
- Encourage participation in community based outreach programs to improve the oral health and well-being of others.
- Instill the desire to continue education by becoming a lifelong learner, advancing the practice of dental hygiene through research, and participating in professional associations.