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Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene program seeks to prepare students as dental hygienists who can competently and safely perform dental hygiene procedures, display the personal qualities of integrity, responsibility and reliability, function as active members of the dental care team and are committed to professional development through life-long learning.

  • Goal #1: Prepare graduates to assume responsibility for ethical dental hygiene care in accordance with professional codes of ethics and state law.
  • Goal #2 : Prepare competent, caring hygienists to provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to the local community.
  • Goal #3 : Prepare graduates to make evidence based decisions by acquiring, analyzing and documenting information utilizing current scientific research.
  • Goal #4 : Develop dental hygienists who are able to assess the quality of patient services they provide.
  • Goal #5 : Promote oral health within the community

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. 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, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:

Faculty & Staff

Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Cynthia Johnson, Assistant Professor Flanagan 2372 401-333-7220 [email protected] 
Julie Galleshaw, Program Director Flanagan 2371 401-333-7226 [email protected] 
Janice Schmitz, Assistant Professor Flanagan 2376 401-333-7225  [email protected] 
Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Karen Souza
Department Secretary
Flanagan (Near 2374) 401-333-7438 [email protected]
Joanna Popolla
Clinic Manager
Flanagan Hygiene Clinic 401-333-7330

[email protected]

Ms Susan D. Hook,
Information Service Tech II
Flanagan Hygiene Clinic 401-333-7470 [email protected]

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