The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Upon completion of the program, the Fox College Dental Hygiene graduate will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Dental Hygiene Clinical Exam. The State of Illinois accepts the following clinical exams: ADEX, NERB, CRDTS, SRTA, and WREB. The graduate will be able to apply for a dental hygiene license after successfully completing the program and passing both the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a clinical exam. Fox College cannot guarantee that every student will pass both exams nor can it guarantee that every student will obtain a position as a dental hygienist.
Fox College Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
The Fox College Dental Hygiene Department recognizes that bloodborne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) present a risk to students, faculty, staff and patients.
Preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HBV, from patients to healthcare workers and from healthcare workers to patients requires a comprehensive approach that includes administering Hepatitis B vaccine to all susceptible healthcare workers at risk, viewing all blood as potentially infectious, using measures to reduce blood exposures, and having a staff committed to safe work practices. Critical elements to this approach include adherence to universal precautions, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, safe injection practices, and reducing the risks for injuries.
The department’s infection control procedures including disinfection and sterilization procedures are outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual. Methods for reducing risk exposure to bloodborne pathogens and post-exposure management are outlined in the Exposure Control Plan.
The purpose of the Program’s Bloodborne Pathogens Policy (BPP) and Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Policies will be reviewed annually and changes recommended as appropriate. This policy is provided to faculty, staff, and students upon entry to the program and is included in the Patient Information Form.