New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU College of Dentistry Launches 17-Month Fast-Track AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene--First of its Kind in NYS

July 24, 2014
N-384, 2013-14

Fast-Track Students to Learn in Integrated, State-of-the Art Clinical Settings Alongside NYU Dental Students and Faculty

New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is pleased to announce that, effective January 2015, it will offer an accelerated, continuous, 17-month, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in dental hygiene.

The Fast-Track AAS degree program, the first of its kind in New York State, is designed specifically to enable highly-motivated students to gain access to the same innovative, high quality education as that offered by the traditional two-to-three year course of study, but in a more concentrated period.

US News and World Report ranks dental hygiene in the top 10 on their list of Best Jobs of 2014. Dental hygienists make yearly starting salaries of more than $70,000, and the prediction is for 33.3 percent employment growth in this field within the next decade.

“The new Fast-Track program addresses the readiness of high school graduates -- and those who already hold college degrees but desire to change careers -- to enter one of the most personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding health professions within the shortest possible time,” said Dr. Cheryl Westphal Theile, assistant dean for allied health programs at NYUCD. “As key members of the healthcare team, dental hygienists work together with dentists to meet the oral health needs of patients and thereby improve patients’ quality of life.”

NYU offers the only dental hygiene programs housed within a dental college in New York State. This gives Fast-Track students the opportunity to learn in integrated clinical settings alongside NYU dental students, as well as with NYU faculty members from dental hygiene, dentistry, and dental specialty areas (orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, implant dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery) in state-of-the-art facilities that attract the largest, most diverse patient population in the nation. Community-based rotations further enable students to gain valuable clinical experience while helping to educate patients about the importance of oral health and promoting a lifetime of good health habits.

The Fast-Track program is a new track within NYU’s overall dental hygiene program, which is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the clinical board examinations and the dental hygiene national boards, which are requirements for state licensure.

Professional opportunities following graduation include clinical practice, public health careers, research, and health-care management. Financial aid is available.

The Fast-Track AAS Program is currently accepting applications for January 2015. The deadline for submission of applications is November 1, 2014. For more information and to apply, please go to nyu/dental/dh and click on “Application Process.”

 

 

About New York University College of Dentistry--New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school. www.dental.nyu.edu

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
College of Dentistry

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

nyu-college-of-dentistry-launches-17-month-fast-track-aas-degree-in-dental-hygiene-first-of-its-kind-in-nys

Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer