All students are potentially exposed to infectious diseases, bloodborne pathogens,
hazardous materials, and ionizing radiation.
Prior to entering the program, dental health students must complete and return the
Immunization Form for Health Science Students and meet the specific requirements for
dental health students, please see dental health department website.
Drug testing may be required by some external clinical agencies.
The health record must be completed by August 1st and submitted to the school nurse.
Students who are not compliant will be penalized in their professional grade in all
laboratory courses and will not be allowed to attend any clinical sessions until compliant.
Students are not required to be tested for bloodborne diseases. Individuals who disclose
the presence of bloodborne infectious disease states will be shown the same consideration
as non-infected individuals. Should the individual’s condition be considered a handicap,
he/she will be referred to the appropriate support services. Information pertaining
to health status of each individual is maintained in strict confidence.
All patients, faculty, staff and students will be considered as potentially infectious,
thereby necessitating the use of standard precautions in all instances of patient
Students with any medical condition where activity is restricted must provide their physician's written
permission to participate in the Dental Health Programs.
All female students will be requested to inform the Program Director and course coordinators
if they are pregnant. A pregnant student may continue in her assigned clinical, radiography
and materials activities provided her physician has given written permission for her
to do so.
The student will be advised of the department policies regarding continuance in the
clinic and laboratories while pregnant and will be provided with a list of chemicals
used in the Dental Health Department.
Students with a history of artificial cardiac valves, congenital heart defects, cardiac
transplants, cardiac shunts, infective endocarditis or total joint replacement must
provide documentation from their physician stating whether or not prophylactic antibiotic
premedication is required for dental treatment.
Students with a history of heart attack and stroke within the last 6 months need to
provide documentation from their physician clearing them for dental treatment.
Information regarding the health status of an individual is considered confidential,
and protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.