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Loma Linda School of Dentistry Launches Program in Palm Desert 

Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry is launching a new dental hygiene associate of science degree program in Palm Desert, California. “We are very excited and proud to offer this program to dental hygiene students in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley,” said Dr. Charles Goodacre, Dean of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

Ms. Kristi Wilkins, Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at LLU, said the program would enhance access to dental care and oral health training for the fast-growing communities in the area. “A dental clinic offering care for underserved groups will be part of the program.”

The new program will enroll 28 students each year. Many of the students are expected to come from College of the Desert, where they will have finished their general education and required biomedical science and clinical training.

Program participants will receive training from Loma Linda University professors, who will provide rigorous dental hygiene science and clinical training. The teaching staff of seven will include a full-time dentist and board-certified hygienists.

Nova Southeastern Gets $438K Grant for Special Needs Patients 

The Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine received a two-year, $437,616 grant from the DentaQuest Foundation. The grant will help Nova Southeastern train Florida dentists to provide care for patients with special needs. It will also help the college develop a comprehensive skills-building program for dentists. The goal of the program is to increase the number of dentists who have the knowledge and confidence to provide quality care to patients with challenging physical, medical, and behavioral needs. Training for the dentists is provided by Nova Southeastern Assistant Professors Carrigan L. Pick, D.M.D., and Steven A. Ellen, D.D.S., who have more than 40 years of experience treating the developmentally disabled.

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