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Dental Hygiene



Rose State College is accredited by the North Central Commission on Colleges. Rose State College awards Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees as well as Vocational Certificates.

Specialized accrediting agencies exist to assess and verify educational quality in particular professions of occupations to ensure that individuals will be qualified to enter those disciplines. A specialized accrediting agency recognizes the course of instruction which comprises a unique set of skills and knowledge, develops accreditation standards by which such education programs is evaluated, conducts evaluation of programs, and publishes a list of accredited programs that meet national accreditation standards. Accreditation standards are developed in consultation with those affected by the standards that represent the broad communities of interest.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is the specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United State Department of Education to accredit programs which provide basic preparation for licensure or certification in dentistry and the related disciplines. The Dental Hygiene Program has maintained accreditation through the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation since 1972. The Dental Assisting Program has maintained accreditation through the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation since 1982. Both Programs currently have A-1 accreditation with no reporting requirements. This status is the highest possible status. Site accreditation visits are scheduled every seven years. The most recent accreditation review was September 2012.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation Standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related educational programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation Standards and/or Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at the following address:

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
1-800-621-8099, Ext. 4653

Program Goals

  • Provide dental hygiene students with knowledge of dental and dental hygiene theory, research and practice related to clinical technique and procedures;
  • Prepare dental hygiene students to perform clinical procedures to the level of competency determined by the Oklahoma State Practice Act;
  • Prepare dental hygiene students and graduates with knowledge of a dental hygienist's role related to employment as an allied dental team member;
  • Encourage participation in the American Dental Hygienists' Association as a student and a graduate;
  • Support and encourage the continuation of the learning process through formal education and personal development;
  • Prepare students and graduates to participate in community dental health services.

Infectious/Contagious Disease Transmission

Bloodborne Infectious and Contagious Diseases: By law, when performing healthcare functions, dental assistants and dental hygienists must protect the health and safety of the public. The Allied Dental Programs written policy regarding treatment of individuals with bloodborne infectious diseases is available upon request. This policy is in accordance with the Guidelines on Infected Health Care Workers adopted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Guidelines, and Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Rules and Regulations Chapter 35.

Dental and allied dental healthcare workers provide services in the oral cavity and come in contact with blood and saliva. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control procedures are practiced. The Allied Dental Programs adhere to current OSHA Guidelines for infection control, based on input from the Center for Disease Control. Procedures undergo periodic review and are updated to meet the most current guidelines. All patients are treated following “standard/universal precautions."

Program Faculty

Kara Hodges
Kara Hodges
Director, Dental Programs Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7337
Michelle Gaddy
Michelle Gaddy
Coordinator, Dental Assisting Program Health Sciences Division
(405) 736-0289
Karen O'Neal
Karen O'Neal
Professor Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7581
Kristen Pope
Kristen Pope
Professor Health Sciences Division
(405) 736-0297
Corissa  Lemieux
Corissa Lemieux
Professor, Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7582
Rachel Stroble
Rachel Stroble
Professor, Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7583