Dental Hygiene Program Back in Full Swing at CNC
Dean of Health School Sciences, Glenda Vardy Dell watches as student Silia Mayer practices – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – After a two year hiatus, the Dental Hygiene program is back in operation at the College of New Caledonia.
The program was suspended for two years, partly because the College was waiting for Ministry of Advance education approval for a boost in tuition, and partly because the program wanted to upgrade its equipment.
The Dental Hygiene program is a two year program with a pre requisite year of sciences classes which they must have before entering the Dental Hygiene program.
The two year absence of the program hasn’t hurt enrolment, as the Dean of Health Sciences says the time was well spent both in consultation with the Dental community, and in getting the word out to high school students who might be interested in the program. “We talked to all of those students, and we also kept a waiting list when the program was suspended, of students who were in the process at that point in time, and we contacted them individually to let them know the program was coming back.”
The College has invested heavily in the program, “We updated to digitalization” says Dean of Health Sciences Glenda Vardy Dell, “that means the systems the students work on here for x-rays, are exactly the same as equipment they would work on in a dental clinic where they are going to be employed.” That upgrade in equipment was costly, “To digitize one machine, was 190 thousand dollars, so that’s just one piece, there were other pieces that went with that. Double monitors were installed in each of the areas where students work.”
The intake was increased from 16 to 18 students, and there are 14 students who enrolled this September.