Posts Tagged ‘dental hygiene’

SUNY Canton Picks Up National Dental Hygiene Award

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Students practicing their dental hygiene skillsThe SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Dental Hygiene Program Director. “We are very honored to be one of the recipients.”

The program was recognized for its community outreach initiative with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center in Rome, N.Y. “It was a win-win situation for both student populations,” Quinn said. “Our hygiene students developed a deeper understanding of the dental needs of their patients while the children and young adults at that facility learned about their teeth and became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals.”

Each child received an electric toothbrush and the dental hygiene students utilized the brushes to reinforce good home care habits.

“This population of patients is at greater risk for cavities and periodontal disease,” Quinn explained. “During this 8-month project, the Dental Hygiene students screened each child’s teeth and applied fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of cavities. They also gave lessons on healthy snacks and other oral-health topics to the children and the staff as the year progressed.”

Some of the supplies for the project were provided through a Department of Health Preventive Dentistry Grant. The hygiene students also wrote letters seeking donations from dental product suppliers. “We have a larger class next fall so I am hoping that the project will expand,” Quinn said.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College recently began offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse, Utica, and surrounding areas.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Offers New Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Dental hygienists looking to advance their careers can now turn to SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the approval and immediate start of a Bachelor of Technology in the Dental Hygiene program. The new four-year Dental Hygiene degree builds upon the college’s highly successful two-year program. Program specific courses are slated to begin on January 21, 2008, coinciding with college’s spring semester.

“The new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree will enable students and professionals to further progress their careers in a multitude of ways,” said Kennedy. “It will open doors to opportunities in areas such as administration, education, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, management, research, public health, and many others.”

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. The final two years of the bachelor’s program are offered exclusively online.

“After two years of intensive clinical study, dental hygienists are qualified to enter the work force and begin their careers,” said Kennedy. “This program allows them to continue as a working professional and also earn a bachelor’s degree. We’re confident this major will attract students from all over New York State.”

Dental hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse and Utica areas. The addition of a bachelor’s degree will assist in creating even more opportunities.

“Our current two-year program has been an extraordinary success and this new offering will undoubtedly be viewed as among the best in the industry,” said Program Director Susan Willette. “It will provide hygienists with significant career flexibility and leadership growth opportunities.”

Some of the courses offered in the program include: Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues, Grant Writing Strategies, Contemporary Periodontics, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care, Dental Hygiene Research, Practice Management/Conflict Resolution, as well as the Dental Hygiene Internship and Senior Seminar.

Dental Hygiene is the College’s fourteenth bachelor’s degree program. Other bachelor’s degree programs pending state approval include Graphic and Multimedia Design, Applied Psychology, Forensic Science Technology, Management Information Systems, and four-year Nursing.

For more information regarding SUNY Canton’s new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree, contact the admissions office at 386-7123, (800) 388-7123,, or stop by the Admissions Offices.