Health Sciences programs establish technical standards and essential functions to insure that students have the abilities required to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the respective programs. Dental Hygiene Program students are required to meet the technical standards/functions that follow. Some of the standards/functions may be met with reasonable accommodations. If accommodations are needed, it is the student’s responsibility to comply with the procedures set forth by the MSU Office for Students with Disabilities. If a student is unable to meet all of the outlined standards, he/she may be withdrawn from the program.
The following details categories of essential functions that successful dental hygienists demonstrate.
Students must be able to perform all functions and tasks required of a dental hygienist. A person with certain musculoskeletal conditions may have difficulty performing the daily activities required by the profession of dental hygiene. These include, but are not limited to degenerative conditions or injuries to the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist and/or hands. Examples: herniated or bulging disks, chronic rotator cuff symptoms, and carpal tunnel. It is strongly recommended that individuals with any of these conditions be evaluated by their physician prior to pursuing the dental hygiene degree.
Motor functions must be sufficient to permit the student to be able to:
Visual acuity must be sufficient and adequate to allow the student to:
Students must show proof of an eye examination within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
Hearing abilities must be sufficient to allow the student to communicate with and evaluate patients. The student must be able to:
Communication skills must be sufficient to permit the student to communicate with patients and other professionals. The student must:
Students must be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills deemed appropriate for the academic level and discipline content. A student must be able to:
Student’s behavioral and social skills must be acceptable within the college and clinical settings. A student must be able to:
Students must be able to obtain a license to practice dental hygiene. Each state has regulations governing the practice of dental hygiene, including licensing requirements. The following are listed as grounds for refusal to issue a dental hygiene license in the state of Texas (Texas Occupations Code, Title 3, Chapter 263, Sec. 263.001, Grounds for Refusal to Issue License).
Dentists and Dental Hygienists applying for initial licensure by examination with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners MUST submit their fingerprints for a State and National criminal history background check.
If you answer YES to ANY of the questions listed below you must complete the Application To Request Evaluation of Criminal History on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Website www.tsbde.texas.gov (Note: You may exclude Class C Misdemeanor traffic violations)
For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
( ) Yes ( ) No A. been convicted of a misdemeanor? ( ) Yes ( ) No B. been convicted of a felony?
( ) Yes ( ) No C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty to a felony or misdemeanor?
( ) Yes ( ) No D. received deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor?
( ) Yes ( ) No E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
( ) Yes ( ) No F. been sentenced to serve jail time or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
( ) Yes ( ) No G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
( ) Yes ( ) No H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
( ) Yes ( ) No I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
( ) Yes ( ) No J. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment, punishment or action?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above you should complete and submit the Evaluation of Criminal History to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program to insure that you are eligible for Dental Hygiene Licensure in the State of Texas.
Students must comply with infection control regulations as listed in the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Rules and Regulations, Rule 108.25:
It is strongly recommended that individuals with any questions regarding the Employment Qualifiers contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners @ email@example.com