(Release: March 4, 2015) – The Dental Hygiene Program at Hagerstown Community College, which started in the fall of 2014, is now accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
“We are so pleased to receive this accreditation,” said Angela Stoops, director of health sciences at HCC. “This indicates that we are being held to a high standard to prepare dental hygienists who will provide more dental care access to our community, deliver quality care, and become lifelong learners and dental professionals.”
HCC offers an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene. The curriculum is divided into several broad areas of study and consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. It is a two-year, four-semester cohort program which accepts 20 students each fall semester. The first class of dental hygiene students will graduate in 2016.
As an educational dental hygiene facility, HCC partners with the local dental community to provide hands-on education for students and low-cost, preventive services to patients in the community. HCC opened the dental education clinic in January and students are currently treating patients.
Marlaina Lantzy is the dental hygiene program coordinator. Prior to coming to HCC, Lantzy taught at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has a master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.
To learn more about HCC’s dental hygiene program and the dental education clinic, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/dental.