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Program Goals

Pima’s Dental Hygiene Program provides accessible high-quality education to prepare students to provide dental hygiene patient care.

Dental Hygiene Program Goals

  1. To meet or exceed the educational standards established by the College, the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners and the American Dental Association on Dental Accreditation.
  2. To develop community partnerships that benefits the education of our students.
  3. To promote and support lifelong learning and career progression through dental hygiene continuing education.
  4. To graduate students who are knowledgeable, clinically competent, ethical and caring professionals. 
  5. To prepare students to qualify for and successfully pass the written and practical board examinations necessary for national and regional examinations for state licensure. 
  6. Incorporate program and community health activities to introduce and promote diversity and multicultural growth and development.
  7. Enhance student recruitment, remediation, retention and program completion.
  8. Make the most of evidence-based instruction and service learning to develop and expand student skills in current dental trends and technology.
  9. Ensure that all outcome measures meet the accountability guidelines of the College, the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and the needs of the community.
  10. Develop distance learning formats.