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Mission, Goals, Outcomes

Mission statement:

The mission of the Malcolm X Dental Hygiene Program is to educate students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to diverse populations, utilizing critical thinking and evidenced-based decision making.    

Program Goals

  • Assist students in developing critical thinking skills, basic research skills and a respect for individual differences so that they can provide quality comprehensive patient-centered care to all patients.
  • Accept qualified students and provide them with the education and support they need to graduate and meet their professional/employment/goals.
  • Provide students with opportunities for community service and professional participation so that they develop skills to become socially responsible.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue alternative roles related to dental hygiene, dentistry, and public health.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will interpret and apply aspects of dental sciences including tooth morphology, head, neck and oral anatomy, histology, oral pathology, radiography, pain management and dental materials.
  • Students will perform the following skills: oral health education, preventive counseling, pain management, clinical dental hygiene, radiology competency, provision of services and management of patients with special needs, community dental/oral health, medical and dental emergencies, infection and hazard control and management for patient and operator safety.
  • Students will express a personal philosophy of social responsibility through various clinical and outreach experiences.
  • Students will explain a personal philosophy of professional responsibility that is based on principles of ethical decision making and adhering to legal and regulatory concepts.
  • Students will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate an oral health program.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to provide care in a multicultural setting.​​​
  • Apply principles of evidence-based research in order to make decisions regarding delivery of care
  • Critically self-evaluate and implement corrective action to prepare for life-long learning;