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University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Upgrades, Serves and Expands

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Univ of Cincinnati LogoThe University of Cincinnati Blue Ash (UCBA) dental hygiene program has had exciting developments over the last few years. UCBA boasts the largest dental hygiene program in Ohio. The program accepts 42 students in every two-year cohort and runs an innovative 34-operatory dental hygiene clinic. The UCBA dental hygiene department strives to stay abreast of new technology and meet the demands of its community.

The department was fortunate enough to receive funds from an anonymous donor, enabling the program to acquire new technology. In spring 2017, it purchased a new digital panoramic machine, which has 3-D and extraoral bitewing capabilities as well as the traditional digital panoramic image. In fall 2017, the department purchased 40 new Windows 10-compatible computers, 10 laptop computers for faculty use during clinic for online grading, 34 intraoral cameras, 17 glycine capable air polishers, three EpiPen® trainers, four automated external defibrillator trainers and 28 CPR manikins. These advances in technology enhance student learning outcomes and better prepare UCBA graduates for obtaining dental hygienist roles in this high-demand community.

For the past several years, the UCBA dental hygiene clinic has provided dental hygiene and limited dental services to children and adults in need through two community outreach programs. The clinic hosts at least six UC Smiles events each year and served its 2,000th child in October. This program provides services to low-income children in the Cincinnati area. Children visit the clinic with their schools to spend a half day receiving dental services from dental hygiene students and spend the rest of the day learning about science and technology from college administrators or professors. The overarching theme for the event is to empower children to realize that higher education is attainable for everyone. 

Now in its third year, Community Dental Day provides free dental services to the greater Cincinnati community. This community outreach program plans to provide treatment to almost 200 Cincinnatians this year, with the assistance of almost 80 volunteers, including community dentists and dental hygienists, dental hygiene students, expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs) and dental assistants. The UCBA dental hygiene program aims to cultivate students to be future volunteers and many program graduates return to volunteer at these community events.

Lastly, the UCBA dental hygiene department is now developing an online baccalaureate degree dental hygiene completion program as well as an EFDA certificate program. Demand exists for dental hygienists with bachelor’s degrees and EFDAs in the greater Cincinnati area, and UCBA hopes to help meet those needs through these additional educational offerings. 

Courtesy of Beth Monnin, RDH, M.S.Ed., Assistant Professor, Clinic Coordinator, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Published on March 14, 2018

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