Harper College is currently observing summer hours. Most offices close at noon on
Fridays. Certain areas, including InZone, the Health and Recreation Center, athletics,
park district and special events will continue to operate on Friday afternoons.
The Dental Hygiene program is a limited enrollment program; to maintain compliance
with the American Dental Association’s Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Programs regarding required clinical hours, only thirty-six (36) students can be accommodated
in the program. Thirty-six students are admitted each year.
Admission to the program is competitive and begins anew each year; the Dental Hygiene
program does not keep a waiting list.
Dental office experience is not required for admission to the program.
Dental assisting experience or graduation from a dental assisting program does not
exempt students from any courses, labs or clinical experiences.
Once admitted, the program begins in the fall semester.
The Dental Hygiene program is a full-time, two-year, six-semester curriculum. In both
years of the program dental hygiene class meets during the summer, fall, and spring
semesters. The summer semesters are 8 weeks.
The Dental Hygiene program cannot be completed as a part-time student at this time.
Accreditation: The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements
until the next accreditation site visit in 2022. The Commission is a specialized accrediting
body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental
Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago,
Commission on Dental Accreditation’s Complaint Policy The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's
compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained
quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs
but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment
received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion
or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and
procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission
at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800- 621-8099 extension