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Dental Hygiene Program Philosophy and Goals
Blood Borne Infectious Disease(s) Policy
Exposure Control Plan
Estimated Cost of Dental Hygiene Program
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Dental Hygiene Syllabi
Thank you for your interest in the Dental Hygiene Program at
Coastal Bend College. We have an excellent record of educating future
dental hygienists and we look forward to helping you meet your goals. Class
size is limited; therefore, admission is competitive using criteria indicative
of probable success in the program. The application with all essential
information should be submitted with the $50 non-refundable application fee,
paid by money order, prior to March 1 for the best chance of
The essentials for a completed
application include the following:
1) completed Coastal Bend
College and Dental Hygiene applications for admission.
2) original college
transcripts for all colleges attended. International students also need to
submit original high school transcripts
3) a copy of THEA and/or
alternative exam scores and, if available, an original copy of the ACT scores,
or SAT scores, unless criteria has been previously met at another Texas college
4) a letter providing proof
of dental office chair side experience and length of employment or proof of
dental assistant certification if applicable
5) $50.00 money order
payable to Coastal Bend College (U.S. Currency)
IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO
MAKE SURE ALL REQUIRED PAPERWORK AND INFORMATION IS RECEIVED IN THE DENTAL
HYGIENE DEPARTMENT. THIS INCLUDES UPDATING PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED
TRANSCRIPTS. THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT FOLLOW
UP ON ANY INFORMATION THAT IS NOT IN YOUR FILE. YOUR FILE WILL NOT BE
CONSIDERED IF ALL INFORMATION IS NOT INCLUDED.
Please submit the college application and official transcripts
Coastal Bend CollegeDepartment of Dental Hygiene
3800 Charco Rd.
Beeville, TX 78102
The Admissions Committee begins to consider applications in
early spring and will continue until the class has been filled. They select the
strongest possible applicants for the class; therefore, the better the
qualifications, the better the opportunity for selection. Letters
of recommendation are not required, but will be considered if sent. The
determinants for admission are college course work, college placement
test scores, previous degrees awarded (bachelor, master), and dental chair side
experience. All applicants will be notified of
acceptance or denial by August.
and Physiology I (BIOL 2401)
and Physiology II (BIOL 2402)
Communication (SPCH 1311)
Updating transcripts in these courses is the responsibility of
It is strongly recommended that the other
general studies courses within the dental hygiene curriculum be completed
before applying. Coastal Bend College has a four day instructional week,
making enrollment in courses other than dental hygiene in the fall and spring
semesters difficult. Options to consider would be to take these
general studies courses during summer sessions or online.
Grades for ALL courses in the dental
hygiene curriculum, whether transferred from another college or on our campus,
must have a grade of at least C to satisfy requirements of the
program, and the applicant must be in good standing with the
institution. Most courses will transfer from an accredited college
with a C or better, but we must have an official transcript
with a description of the course before credit can be awarded.
Academic performance in these courses is scored according to the grade
achieved, with science courses weighted more heavily than the non-science
classes. A grade of D or F in any of the dental hygiene program general
studies courses will be factored into the process. For example, there
will be four non-science courses. The grades for the courses in this section
will be divided by four giving an average in that category. There are
four science courses. The grades for the courses in this section will be
divided by four and multiplied by two giving an average in that category.
If a course is retaken to improve a C, the higher grade is used with no
penalty. If, however, a course is retaken to replace a D or F, that
attempt will be factored as an additional course-sum of grade category divided
by the number of attempts such as five rather than four.
The Texas Academic Skills Test (THEA) is a state mandated test.
The THEA or AccuPlacer/Asset Test (alternative exams) must be taken prior
to enrollment except for those with exemption status as outlined by the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Accuplacer exam will be administered
at the Learning Assistance Center. If you need to take the exam, please contact
the Testing Department at 361-354-2266 to make arrangements. The program
begins in the fall semester, but the basic courses can be taken starting at the
beginning of any semester.
The practice of Dental Hygiene has hazards and an inherent risk
of exposure to blood and/or blood-containing body fluids thereby risking
exposure to microbial infection. This risk includes, but is not limited
to, possible exposure to Hepatitis B and Human Immunodeficiency virus - Type I
The CBC Dental Hygiene Program shall not inquire about the blood
borne infectious disease (BBID) status of any applicant for admission to the
program; however, once accepted, the BBID status must be reported to the
Infection Control Committee.
The admission of an applicant with a BBID can only be denied on
the basis of such infection if an appointed group consisting of the Dean of
Student Services, the student, the student's physician and/or the State health
Department determines that the student might pose a risk of transmission to
others in the classroom and the college program. The student may also be
denied admission to the Dental Hygiene Program if the applicant's infectious
status would prevent him/her from completing essential degree requirements and
reasonable accommodations could not be made to enable the applicant to do so.
Coastal Bend College offers financial aid. Please call
(361) 354-2238 for more information.
We hope that you will make two excellent choices: Coastal Bend
College for your education and dental hygiene for your career. We look forward
to hearing from you! Please call us at (361-354-2555) if we can help you