The discipline of dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases - within the scope of the dental hygiene practice. The methods of preventing oral disease and promoting wellness are provided by the dental hygienist in collaboration with the health care team in a variety of settings.
Upon satisfactory completion of the two-year program, a student receives an Associate in Applied Science degree from Blinn College. The student is eligible to apply to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional/state clinical board examination. Licensure is based upon successful completion of the National Board Examination, the regional or state clinical board examination, and a state jurisprudence examination.
Blinn College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities. For information regarding Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and other anti-discrimination coordinators, see the Required Notices link on the Blinn College main webpage.
The Dental Hygiene Program (Program) at Blinn College meets college, state, regional and national requirements. At the national level, the accrediting body is the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA/Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The Program in Dental Hygiene has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements by the Commission on Dental Accreditation based on the 2013 Program review. The next Program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2020.
The ADA CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints. Unsigned complaints will be considered "anonymous complaints" and oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program's file for evaluation during the program's next scheduled accreditation site visit. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program's compliance with the Commission's standards, policies and procedures.
You may contact the Commission at:
The American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 1-312-440-4653