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Community Dental Health Coordination

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program is designed to provide students with a practical and theoretical basis for assisting in the reduction of disparities in dental health. Program will cover advocacy, intercultural communication, and finance in addition to dental health coordination, documentation, and reporting procedures. Legal and ethical issues will also be covered.


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Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
Spring 2015
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must be a Registered Dental Hygienist or Certified Dental Assistant.
Applicants are required to provide documentation of licensure or certification according to their individual state`s dental practice act.
Admission criteria

Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting program activities.

Complete and submit required MCCCD Non-Academic Allied Health Program Policy documents.

Submit current Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Level One fingerprint card AND a supplemental background check.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in the Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Formal application and acceptance into the Community Dental Health Coordination program is required.

Academic Plan: 
Community Dental Health Coordination (CER)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CDH105Community Oral Health Project Planning3
CDH110Oral Health Communication1
CDH115Interviewing Skills for Dental Health Advocate2
CDH130Dental Health Legal and Ethical Issues2
CDH240Dental Care Finance0.5
CDH245Community Dental Health Coordinator Internship3
  • Create and maintain social networks. (CDH105)
  • Develop and implement community based oral health prevention and promotion programs. (CDH105, CDH110, CDH115)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to collect diagnostic data. (CDH105, CDH115)
  • Explain the role of the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC). (CDH105, CDH115, CDH240)
  • Create and maintain social networks. (CDH105, CDH245)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in the healthcare setting. (CDH110)
  • Review teaching and learning skills as they apply to the dental healthcare setting. (CDH110, CDH115)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in the healthcare setting. (CDH110, CDH245)
  • Describe major components of care/case management. (CDH115)
  • Review legal and ethical issues related to community dental health. (CDH130)
  • Explain CDHC responsibilities in the area of dental care finance. (CDH240)
  • Demonstrate the role of advocacy within the scope of practice of the CDHC. (CDH245)
  • Identify leadership skills within community members to improve oral health. (CDH245)
  • Assess and prioritize oral and general healthcare needs and assets of the community. (CDH245)

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