REQUIREMENTS AFTER ACCEPTANCE

The following information is required before applicants begin the first quarter of the first year of the Dental Hygiene Program:

  • Upon acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program, a $275.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a position into the Dental Hygiene Program. The deposit will be applied toward the $$8000-$8500 instrument issue cost.
  • The following must be completed and the results provided to the YVCC Dental Hygiene Department by the first Friday in September.
    • A physical examination administered within six months is required prior to entering the program. The examining physician's signature attests to the health status which allows the dental hygiene student's performance of the essential skills of the dental hygiene profession. The examination is to include the status of health and a muscular-skeletal evaluation.
    • Proof of negative TB tests and current immunizations is required and includes two of the three required Hepatitis immunizations.
      • All YVCC Allied Health Programs require a onetime two-step PPD test to establish a base line.  If you have had a positive PPD test, a chest x-ray is required to demonstrate no active tuberculosis.  YVCC requires any one who had a positive PPD to sign a yearly screening form that testifies that they have had no tuberculosis symptoms since their last chest x-ray.
      • Allied Health Programs at YVCC require a Tetanus booster to be given in the last 8 years to cover the student while in the program.
      • If titers for Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and Rubella do not prove immunity, one MMR injection is required.
      • Hepatitis B (Hep B): Three injections are required over a six month period. The second dose must be a least one month after the first dose; the third dose is administered 6 months after the first. Documentation must be in the student's file proving the first two injections have been completed prior to the first Clinical Procedure Lab.
      • Hepatitis A (Hep A): Currently not required, but strongly recommended for all health care professionals.  Two injections are required.  The second one must be at least 6 months after the first one. Yakima is a high risk area for Hep A.
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox): YVCC Allied Health students must provide proof of Varicella immunizations, titer, or signed a form testifying that the student has had chicken pox.  It there is no history of having had chicken pox or Varicella immunizations, then two Varicella injections are required 4-6 weeks apart.
  • A current vision examination is required and includes an evaluation of depth perception, color contrast and detail identification. Students will be required to wear safety glasses with side shields in all pre-clinical and clinical activities.
  • A recent dental examination is desired. Full mouth radiographs may be taken as part of the curriculum learning experience. If entering students have been diagnosed with periodontal disease that requires treatment or routine periodontal maintenance, the required treatment needs to be completed prior to entry into the program.
  • Current Health Care Providers First Aid and CPR/AED cards are required. All students are required to obtain CPR certification. The certification must cover One-person & Two-person Adult C.P.R. and Obstructed Airway Management, Child and Infant C.P.R. and Obstructed Airway Management for healthcare Professional.
  • Upon enrollment, students are required to sign a statement of "Academic Achievement" and an "Informed Acknowledgement and Consent to Hazards and Risks" form, which is part of the YVCC Dental Hygiene Policies and Procedures Handbook. In addition, students are required to acknowledge and sign other appropriate procedural documents.
  • An orientation session (enrolled students only) is scheduled for the first week of classes in September and is designed to provide program information and build community and team skills.
  • The YVCC student instrument issue packages are required of all incoming students. The required issue packages must be purchased through the dental hygiene program.
  • The current estimated cost of the instrument packages is approximately $8000-$8500..

 HEALTH STATUS DISCLOSURE

Students and employees of Yakima Valley Community College are not required to disclose information about their HIV status. Neither employment nor student admission into the Department of Dental Hygiene may be denied based on HIV status. Washington State Dental and Dental Hygiene licensure or license renewal is not limited by HIV status. However, by law, when performing health care functions, dental hygienists must protect the health and safety of the public. According to the Washington State Administrative code 18.130.180, Regulation of the Health Professions-Uniform Disciplinary Act. "Engaging in a profession involving contact with the public while suffering from a contagious or infectious disease involving serious risk to public health" constitutes unprofessional conduct which may result in denial of licensure.