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The Allied Dental Education program will not be accepting applications into the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs.

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ALLIED DENTAL ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: allieddentalessentiafunctions


The Department of Allied Dental Education offers programs in dental hygiene continuing education for practitioners, clinical services and coursework as part of the dental concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Program (BSHS). Student enrollment is approximately 46 in dental hygiene program, twenty five (25) in the dental concentration of the BSHS and varying numbers in the 100-150 range in continuing education course offerings annually. The faculty and students in the Department provide preventive services to approximately fifteen hundred (1500) patients during the academic year on the Scotch Plains School of Health Professions (SHP) campuses. Allied Dental Education serves hundreds of residents annually through participation in approximately twenty five (25) community service activities during the same year.


As related to the overall mission of SHP and the University, the Department of Allied Dental Education promotes professional standards of excellence and leadership among its students and practicing dental professionals. While meeting the oral health care needs of New Jersey residents through patient care, education, research, and service, the Department’s unique and innovative curriculum reflects best practices in dentistry and allied dental education. Instructional approaches are designed and implemented to keep pace with current trends in educational pedagogy, treatment modalities and research strategies. The students develop a humanistic approach to health care delivery including, critical thinking, problem solving, independent decision-making, interpersonal communication and research skills characteristic of the professional. The Department strives to instill in students a dedication to life-long learning, an interprofessional approach to healthcare, teamwork philosophy, development of scientific inquiry skills and continued growth within the allied health professions.


Critical thinking assists in establishing the validity of an assumption or potential action before taking action. The process includes asking the right questions and seeking honest answers. Students are challenged to scrutinize their thoughts and actions, think deeply and honestly about how they make choices both personally and professionally, question commonly held assumptions and utilize meaningful reflection.


Dental Hygiene Program Learning Goals

  • Display competency as clinicians as demonstrated through successful performance on the Commission on Dental     CompetencyAssessments (CDCA), the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and feedback from Employer and Alumni Surveys.
  • Accept responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and communities through participation in multiple dental health education community projects.
  • Complete multiple, expanded dental auxiliary functions as defined in the New Jersey State Dental Practice Act and Dental Auxiliaries Act under the auspices of Dental Specialties II and Clinical Services I, II, and III.
  • Attain the Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) license issued by the State Board of Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Support professional development through student membership in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)
    and participation in related activities.
  • Practice professional demeanor at all times as evidenced by professional development grades issued in all dental courses and adhering to ethical standards outlined by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA). 
  • Secure employment as dental hygienists in compliance with the guidelines of the State Board of Dentists of New Jersey. 
  • Comply with accreditation standards outlined by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), guidelines established by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
  • Appraise student satisfaction with educational experiences and academic programming through assessment of course evaluations, Alumni Survey, Graduate Survey and Senior Exit Survey.
  • Assess patient satisfaction with treatment provided by students through information obtained from administration of the Patient Satisfaction Survey. 
  • Achieve competency in dental hygiene as stated in the Dental Hygiene Standards of Care by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Educators Association (ADEA) competencies.
  • Participate in a variety of intra and inter professional activities to obtain an understanding of a multi-disciplinary approach to the comprehensive care of the patient.
  • Develop an appreciation of the various roles that multiple professionals play in the overall care of the patient.
  • Critically analyze and apply the methods of scientific inquiry in research.
  • Utilize critical thinking, interpersonal communication, behavior modification, assertiveness and leadership skills with proficiency
  • Demonstrate ethical sensitivity and professional responsibility in the delivery of comprehensive dental health care
  • Provide optimal dental health care in a variety of new, expanding and alternative health care delivery settings


Founded in 1972, the Department of Allied Dental Education is located in Scotch Plains, NJ. The Department’s mission is to train the next generation of dental professionals by offering a competitive and affordable academic and clinical program. Over the years, the Programs have grown from 20 students to approximately 100 students by offering high quality training for dental professionals. There are currently two programs being offered: The Dental Assisting Program and the Dental Hygiene Program. Both Programs offer didactic, laboratory and hands on clinical training using state of the art equipment and a highly skilled faculty of dental professionals. The Department also offers professional continuing education and instruction in coursework required as part of the BSHS allied dental degree completion program for practicing allied dental professions.

The mission of the Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education is to promote professional standards of excellence and leadership among its students and health professionals while meeting the health care needs of New Jersey residents through patient care, education, research, and service. 


The Dental Hygiene program was established in 1978 to prepare students for a dental career including clinical practice, prevention of oral and periodontal diseases, teaching, research, and business. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  The program prepares students for the rigors of the profession by focusing on specific cognitive, motor, behavioral, and social skills that are critical success factors. In addition, there is a focus on board exam preparation leading to the RDH (registered dental hygienist).


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education prides itself in the credentialing exam pass rates and employability of its graduates. Allied Dental Education boasts a 100% pass rate on board and credentialing exams, By graduation the greater percentage of students have obtained employment commitments. Within 3 months of graduation, 90% - 100% of students are employed.


Allied Dental Education has formed a number of mutually beneficial strategic alliances with other institutions. An alliance with the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) allows students to complete a portion of their clinical training at the Newark campus of the RBHS of Rutgers. Applicants for the dental hygiene program must complete all prerequisite general education and core curriculum requirements (approximately 40-41 credits).


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education has clinic sessions, where it sees about 1500 patients annually between its Scotch Plains campus facility and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine faculty. Participation in clinic sessions, as part of the students’ program curriculum, provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience, while giving a much needed care to the public.


The Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education is very committed to the community. We demonstrate this commitment by contributing many services and promoting wellness through our sponsorship of some community organizations/events including Give Kids a Smile, Jumpstart, Dental Day at the Liberty Science Center. Allied Dental Education enjoys vast diversity among its students, faculty and staff.


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education offers continuing education courses that are geared towards keeping dental health professionals abreast with new technological advancements and techniques in the dental health profession. Multiple courses are offered every semester, including Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary, Nitrous Oxide Sedation Monitoring for the Allied Dental Team, Administration of Local Anesthesia for Registered Dental Hygienists, Educational Theory and Methodology for Dental and Allied Health Education, and Board examination review courses, to mention a few. 


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education strives to hire and retain well educated, credentialed and skilled professionals. Besides educating our students to be the best dental professionals, our faculty members have authored peer review articles, written book chapters, provide presentations on local and national levels, and serve in leadership positions on state and national committees.


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education includes a faculty practice through which full dental services are provided to patients for care beyond the preventive services offered as part of as part of dental hygiene clinic sessions. The faculty practice includes has about 5 sessions a week, and sees about 60 patients a year.


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive, has participated in multiple research activities including such as clinical trials of dental products. These activities contribute to advances in dental health.


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education is also involved in high school shadowing programs. Outstanding students from area high schools are invited to observe the dental hygiene students and to learn related laboratory procedures as part of an exploration of dentistry and, allied dental professions as viable career option. The program is designed to provide high school students with exposure to the dental health field and to serve as a motivational activity to encourage the pursuit of an advanced education at the post-secondary level. Several high school students have later enrolled in programs in Rutgers SHP’ Department of Allied Dental Education.


Rutgers SHP Department of Allied Dental Education continues its quest for excellence, timely and innovative academic programming to meet student, faculty, practitioner and patient needs. Allied Dental Education provides quality patient care, and participates in community services to diverse population groups to enhance access to care for state residents.

The Department of Allied Dental Education on the Scotch Plains campus offers educational opportunities for dental assisting and hygiene students and provides preventive services to residents in surrounding counties. Allied Dental Education serves approximately 1500 patients annually. The facility has also been used for complimentary preventive services for children during Children’s Dental Health Month, care for special needs children from the Scotch Plains - Fanwood School District, senior care and programs for the underserved. The dental facility was constructed in the 1970’s and since 1995, has been the major site for pre-clinical, laboratory and clinical education for students in the Allied Dental Education programs, licensed practitioners pursuing advanced academic degrees and practitioners participating in continuing education coursework for professional development and licensure renewal. 

The clinical area includes twenty (20) fully equipped work station cubicles for individualized patient care. The suite also includes four (4) radiology units to accommodate both traditional and computerized digital radiography (CDR). Computers are located in each cubicle for electronically recording patient services, maintaining treatment records, accessing information via the Internet during patient care as a part of case based education and for development of individualized treatment plans specific to the needs of the patient as part of evidence based practice. 



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