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Midwestern University Partners with Rio Salado to Train Dental Hygiene Students

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MWU PR_June 2023 Dental Institute_4286a_500 px wMidwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA) and Rio Salado College (Rio Salado) are proud to announce a partnership aimed at creating more opportunities for dental hygiene students. The collaboration promises to be a long-term endeavor that will significantly impact the education and careers of aspiring dental hygienists.

“We are very excited to partner with Rio Salado College,” said Sheri Brownstein, D.M.D., Dean of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona. “The Rio Salado faculty, staff and administration have made this partnership seamless, and we are happy to see their students on our campus. During their training, the Rio Salado students will help care for our growing patient base in the Dental Institute.”

Monica Williamson Nenad, RDH, M.Ed., D.H.Ed., CHES, Faculty Chair of Dental Programs at Rio Salado College, expressed her excitement about the partnership. "Everyone is so happy with this relationship. They've been wonderful partners to work with, and we’re really looking forward to making this a long-term partnership. This partnership signifies a significant step forward in addressing the growing demand for dental hygienists and enhancing the educational experience of Rio Salado College students."

The partnership addresses a critical need identified at the Midwestern University Dental Institute, which serves approximately 15,000 patients each year. Rio Salado dental hygiene students will complete required rotations at the Dental Institute, providing additional personnel to meet the growing dental needs of the community.

The inaugural cohort of 10 Rio Salado dental hygiene students began their clinical experience at CDMA in early September. This partnership effectively increased the newest Rio Salado cohort size by a third, allowing 10 more students the opportunity to kickstart their dental hygiene education. Furthermore, it promises to alleviate the two-year waitlist currently experienced by Maricopa Community Colleges for their dental hygiene programs, which is shared with Rio Salado.

Rio Salado students have access to CDMA’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the simulation clinic, radiography laboratory and patient treatment units at the Dental Institute. Students will take their courses’ web sessions alongside their classmates on the Rio Salado Campus. A Rio Salado dental education professional will supervise the sessions on the Midwestern University Glendale Campus.

Key highlights of the partnership include:

  • Clinical experience for Rio Salado College students at Midwestern University facilities,
  • Access to advanced dental equipment and resources,
  • Supervision by experienced dental professionals and
  • Enhanced learning opportunities for Rio Salado students.

This new cohort will follow Rio Salado’s accelerated program and graduate with their Tempe-based classmates in December 2024. Applications for participation in the program are accepted on an ongoing basis, with each cohort commencing in the fall.

For more information about the Midwestern University Dental Institute, visit https://www.mwuclinics.com/az. To learn more about the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, visit https://www.midwestern.edu/academics.

Rio Salado College is one of the 10 regionally accredited Maricopa Community Colleges and is dedicated to providing innovative educational solutions to empower students. The college offers a wide range of programs and degrees designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with 12 colleges located on two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to nearly 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove; the College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove; the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois; the Chicago College of Optometry; and the College of Graduate Studies, Downers Grove. The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,900 students and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Glendale; the College of Health Sciences, Glendale; the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona; the Arizona College of Optometry; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the College of Graduate Studies, Glendale; and the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Courtesy of Midwestern University

Published on October 11, 2023

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