UNM's Dental Hygiene Program

Uploaded by unmhsc on 31.01.2011

UNM Dental Hygiene Program
>> KELLY SHROUF/UNM DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENT: Oral health can definitely have an effect
on your overall systemic health. So we are on the front line of preventative dentistry.
>> NICOLE OLIVAS/UNM DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENT: They expect a lot out of us. They teach us
at a very high level, which is very good, because they really prepare us for the real
>> MARLA MCBETH /UNM DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENT: Each semester progresses with more patients
that you have experience with. By this semester, you’re just confident. I definitely feel
We have a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and we have a master’s degree in dental
hygiene. Bachelor degree students primarily focus on treating patients in private care
offices, public health settings and such. Our master’s degree students will work in
other settings such as education, research. When they initially get into our program,
the first semester is all introductory courses, where we teach them the basics of, the basic
sciences necessary for dentistry. Once they get into the clinical component they move
slowly into patient care. Their first semester, they practice on friends and family, and then
they start seeing community patients. Our program offers all dental hygiene services
at a reduced rate for New Mexicans to come into our clinic and receive excellent care
from our students and at the same time our students are being provided with exceptional
experiences in treating these patients.
>>VICKI GIANOPOULOS, RDH, MS/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: They get that patient exposure. They’re
doing all the different steps of care. We do things very thoroughly here at the school.
We have received two perfect accreditation scores in the last 14 years. We are rated
very high nationally.
>>DEMETRA LOGOTHETIS, RDH, MS: I think our most unique aspect of our program is our outreach
programs. We offer approximately 250 outreach programs across the state of New Mexico. This
exposes our students to unique opportunities to treat patients in different healthcare
You’ve got to be able to communicate well, have great interpersonal skills, be able to
talk and really understand a patient and their concerns.
>>NICOLE OLIVAS/UNM DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENT: And here we’re learning to be educators,
so we really try to stress that to them – their condition and how they can improve their condition.
>>KELLY SHROUF/UNM DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENT: Education, I would say, is almost 90 percent
of what we do. We get a lot of hands on experience, so we’re prepared.