Allied Dental

Philosophy and Goals

ALLIED DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS MISSION

THE MISSION OF THE ALLIED DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS IS TO ENABLE STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL MIDLANDS.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE ALLIED DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The critical test of any form of academic activity must ultimately be its usefulness to our culture and society. The institutions of higher learning were created and continue to be supported because they aid society in achieving its aspirations and goals. While the education of the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene student is the primary mission, this activity alone is insufficient for fulfilling our obligation to society. Patient focus during the allied dental professional students’ education and service activities are essential in validating the social value of the institution and the worth of the graduate’s degree.

Education of the ideal Expanded Duty Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene student is a goal, which would not be attainable without effective student rapport. The student is to be regarded as a colleague in a learning experience with adequate flexibility for individual expression and achievement. The student should be encouraged and assisted in obtaining personal as well as professional goals. Acknowledging that competence fosters confidence, the student’s progress towards attainment of capstone competencies will be validated via benchmark assessments throughout their academic program.

The allied dental professional, the dentist and the dental educators work as a team for the betterment of the community’s oral health. The dentist, the expanded duty dental assistant, dental hygienist, and dental laboratory technician share common goals and objectives as they work together as a team to improve their patients’ oral and general health status. Through the strength of this oral health care team, the Expanded Duty Dental Assistant becomes a partner in the restoration of the patient’s optimum oral health and the Dental Hygienist becomes a partner in the prevention of disease associated with the oral cavity.