Technical Standards Policy
All applicants to the Dental Hygiene Program must be able
to meet the department's technical standards as outlined in the following
pages. Any information supplied is strictly voluntary and will be shared
only with appropriate School officials who coordinate or provide support
services or accommodations. Hudson Valley Community College's Center for Access and Assistive Technology will provide accommodations for students with documented
disabilities. Please complete the attached
form certifying that you have read, understand and are able to
meet these standards.
Technical Standards For Admission, Promotion and Graduation
Technical Standards are non-academic criteria used in the admission, promotion
and graduation of students. Technical Standards are published discipline
specific essentials critical for the safe and reasonable practice of Dental
Hygiene. They also protect qualified persons with disabling conditions against
Technical Standards are a concrete statement of the minimum physical,
sensory/motor, communication, behavioral/social, mental/emotional and
environmental requirements for normal and safe professional function.
They are intended to inform the prospective student/professional of the
attributes, characteristics and abilities essential to dental hygiene
practice. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive,
affective and psychomotor skills. The College has a moral and ethical
responsibility to select, educate and certify competent and safe students
and practitioners. Patient health and safety is the sole benchmark against
which we measure all performance requirements, including the Technical
Standards addressed in this document.
Applicant Certificate of Understanding must be signed on last page and
returned to the Office of Admissions.
All candidates for the Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science Degree
must possess essential skills and abilities necessary to complete the
Dental Hygiene curriculum successfully either with or without reasonable
accommodations for any disabilities the individual may have. The
School of Health Sciences Technical Standards are as follows:
Obtain medical/dental history from the patient, parent or
guardian. Deliver, receive and interpret verbal and non-verbal
communication to and from the patient, instructor, peer students and
staff personnel. Accurately record findings on all patient records.
2. OBSERVATION AND SENSORY SKILLS
Visually assess, bimanually palpate, and tactfully interpret
hard and soft anatomic structures. Appropriate depth perception with
vision from a distance of 18 inches with or without corrective lenses.
Recognize and react to signs of medical emergency.
3. MANUAL DEXTERITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Use of personal protective devices (tolerate face mask/shield,
safety eyewear, surgical gloves and laboratory coat). Carry out OSHA
infection control procedures (use of cleaners and chemicals).
4. CONCEPTUAL/ANALYTICAL REASONING
Perform dental hygiene procedures (scaling, polishing, x-rays) and manipulate
dental materials. Access to the patient from a seated or standing position,
with or without assistive device (wheel chair).
Operate switches, knobs, levers in operation of the dental chair and
accessory equipment in all clinics and laboratory settings.
Appropriate psychomotor skills, manual dexterity and motor ability to
perform fine and gross motor skills to allow for effective and safe
Perform treatment modalities using concepts and judgments
that are the standard of care for the Dental Hygiene profession.
5. SOCIAL SKILLS
Demonstrates respect and caring for all patients. Demonstrates
sensitive responses to patients in clinical settings. Interacts with
peers, patients, staff and faculty in an emotionally stable, professional
and ethical manner. Respects diversity of cultures among clinical patients,
college personnel and peers. Demonstrates team approach in carrying
out responsibilities in all settings.
For information on services for students with disabilities
or if you have a question regarding this information please call or write
Director, Center for Access and Assistive Technology
T.D.D. (518) 629-7596
FAX (518) 629-4831
Please feel free to write a separate letter and to forward
any reports, articles, or other information that would be helpful
in providing support. NOTE: Appropriate documentation must be supplied
in order to secure the requested accommodations. The completed form
and related correspondence should be returned to the Dental Hygiene
Department, Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center room 157, Hudson Valley Community College,
Troy, NY 12180.