ADEA collaborated with American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) in 2011 to write the first-ever ADEA Competencies for Graduate Education. The new and updated document, ADEA/ADHA Graduate Dental Hygiene Program Aims and Outcomes, reflects contemporary practice and current state, national and global changes in the health care environment. Societal needs, scientific knowledge and the role of the dental hygienist necessitate a rebranding of the profession, moving dental hygiene into multidisciplinary sectors. This requires a shift from the concept of core competencies to a framework of key broad aims and outcomes that integrate with the mission and vision of diverse graduate dental hygiene programs.
The document was approved by the ADEA House of Delegates during the 2021 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.
Published on April 14, 2021