As a Dental Hygiene major at UNE, you benefit from experiential learning activities that ensure you possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace upon earning your degree. These experiences include the work you do as a student clinician in your third and fourth years in the program at UNE's completely modern dental hygiene clinic on our Portland Campus. In the clinic, we provide services to more than 5,000 patients per year.
You also take part in interprofessional education initiatives that prepare you to work with other future health care professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care. Because UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission, you have opportunities to study interprofessionally with students in medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health professions. Learn more about our Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
Coleman Dental Hygiene Clinic
This 20-chair dental hygiene clinic on our Portland Campus serves as a teaching facility and invaluable community resource.
As a student clinician, you gain important experience in working with the public under the supervision of our faculty. You provide oral inspections, nutritional counseling, scaling and plaque removal services, sealant placement, personalized oral hygiene instruction, blood pressure screenings, radiographic surveys (x-rays), fluoride treatments, and athletic mouthguard fabrication.
You also gain confidence in the professional setting, and refine your interpersonal skills through engaging with the diverse people who visit the clinic for services.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., during the academic year.
Oral Health Center
In the Fall of 2013, our College of Dental Medicine opened, along with a new $14.5 million Oral Health Center on UNE's Portland Campus.
Designed to be a teaching clinic and dental simulation facility, the Center provides spaces to explore new models of interprofessional health care education and practice. As this exploration continues, Dental Hygiene students will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative practice model with professional students from the College of Dental Medicine.
As a Dental Hygiene student you also enjoy opportunities to participate in a variety of different global learning experiences through UNE's Global Education Program. These experiences are designed to enhance your worldview, and introduce you to diverse populations. Tangier, Morocco and Seville, Spain are semester-long study abroad experiences available during your sophomore year at UNE. Both programs offer lab science and humanities courses that fulfill your core requirements, and if you join a semester-long study abroad program, you work closely with your academic advisor to ensure that you stay on track with your curriculum. Other short term immersion experiences are also available to you during your sophomore, junior, or senior years. These include faculty-led trips to Brazil, Dominica, and the (IMM)UNE club trips.
UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa. The experience normally takes place in August, and comprises an interprofessional group of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.