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SUNY Orange Rowley Center

Dental Hygiene Program

Program Description

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago Illinois, 60611
(312) 440-2500

This program will prepare the student for licensing by the State Board of Dentistry of New York State to practice dental hygiene. Career opportunities are available in private solo and group practices, hospitals and other health service agencies, public schools, and other public institutions. Traditional and advanced functions in oral health are taught to clinical proficiency.

Each student actively participates in clinical dental hygiene experiences in the college dental hygiene clinic, as well as off-campus sites, including hospitals. Students are required to provide their own transportation to these off-campus facilities and are required to purchase their own instruments and related supplies.

A yearly physical examination and TB (Mantoux) evaluation are required. In addition, upon initial entrance into the program, a 10 panel drug test will be required. Negative test results remain acceptable as long as the student is continuously enrolled. If a student tests positive, they would be eligible to reapply the next time the course is offered. If the student fails two drug tests there will be no re-admittance to the program.

A grade of 75% or better is required in all DNT___ series courses for progression in the program and graduation with an A.A.S Dental Hygiene degree.


  • AAS degrees are primarily intended to prepare students for immediate employment; however, transfer opportunities exist in some areas. If you plan to pursue a four-year degree program, see the department chair or faculty advisor as soon as possible.
  • Non-Citizens of the United States must have permanent residence status (green card) to be licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in New York State.
  • An individual who has charges pending or has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and /or has been found guilty of professional misconduct or negligence may not be eligible to be licensed in New York State. These matters should be discussed with the Office of Professions before applying.
  • Applicants should be aware that a criminal background check and drug screening will be required as part of the admissions requirement.
  • Each incoming student in the Dental Hygiene Program must purchase his/her own dental instruments. The cost for this "dental kit" is approximately $2,400.00.
    • The kit must be purchased during the first week of each Fall semester (approximately $1,600.00 in the freshman year and $800.00 in the senior year) through the department.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Eligible to take Freshman English 1 (ENG 101).

  • Eligible to take MAT 102, or have completed MAT 101 with a grade of 2.00 (C) or higher.

  • Completion of at least one of the following within 5 years of the application deadline: Intro to Biology (BIO110); General Biology (BIO 101); Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 111); Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 112); or Human Biology (BIO 115) with a 2.00 (C) or higher; AP Biology (score of 3, 4, or 5); or a passing grade on the Biology CLEP exam.

  • Completion of one of the following within 5 years of application deadline: HS Regents Chemistry course or equiv. with a grade of 75 or higher; passing grade on the Chemistry I CLEP exam; CHM 120 (CHM 100 Effective Fall 2021) or another college Chemistry (with a lab) with a grade of 2.00 (C) or higher.

  • Minimum program GPA of 2.50 within required/recommended courses for application (except HS Chemistry Regents).

Department Specific Requirements

Prior to the application deadline of February 1:

Submit a Dental Hygienist observation form (16 hour minimum with documentation).

ATTENTION: Due to the pandemic, the 16 hours of direct observation of dental hygienists practicing may possibly be replaced with videos and an activity describing your observations. This must be completed and submitted by the February 1st deadline with the application to the program. See admission requirements for dental hygiene.

Attend a Dental Hygiene Pre-Admission Orientation Seminar. At this Seminar, students will receive and sign-off on information pertaining to health forms, drug testing and criminal records policies. Failure to attend a session in its entirety will negate your application for admission. These Seminars may take up to two hours. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the session.

ATTENTION: The Pre-Admission Orientation Seminars may possibly be held virtually on Zoom at 5:00 pm. Please be prepared to give your email address to Lorraine Triola in order that we can send you an invitation if any of the Seminars are held virtually.

Below are the days, dates and times of the Pre-Admission Orientation Seminars:

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm

If the Seminars are held in person, the location will be Bio-Tech Building, Room 207, Middletown Campus. If the College is closed due to inclement weather on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, the Seminar will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Lorraine Triola, 845-341-4880 or lorraine.triola@sunyorange.edu

Note: If using Gmail, please check your spam folder as the response from Lorraine Triola may be in your spam folder.