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Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment

Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression and Medical Clearance Policy

The Program has identified minimum technical standards all students must meet and maintain for enrollment and progression in the Program to ensure successful completion of the Program and the delivery of safe and effective patient care during the clinic phase and following graduation. These technical standards, listed below, are necessary for the achievement of the Program's Outcomes competencies stipulated by accreditation agencies and the standards of dental and dental hygiene practice.

    Students must be able to participate in all learning activities and assessments (classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings). These learning activities and assessments may require more than eight hours of active participation (sitting, standing, performing procedures, etc.) and exposure to various body fluids, communicable diseases, radiation, and toxic substances. Students must maintain a general state of physical and mental health necessary to operate under the Program's typical demands and performance requirements and the dental and dental hygiene professions. This includes standard preventive health measures such as annual immunizations. Students must be medically cleared (absence of any medical and behavioral/mental condition and communicable disease that would present harm to clients and/or prevent full participation in the Program's curriculum) prior to matriculation and prior to beginning the Clinical Phase of the

    Students must possess the intellectual capabilities required to complete the full curriculum and achieve the competencies delineated by the Program and the dental and dental hygiene profession. Critical thinking requires the intellectual ability to measure, calculate, synthesize, and analyze a large and complex volume of information. The ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships of structures is also required.


    Students must be able to utilize computerized information technology to access learning management systems, participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning, have working microphones, working cameras, ability to record, participate in computerized testing, conduct research, prepare multimedia presentations, access online medical information, and review and enter data in electronic medical records. Therefore, possession of a personal laptop and access to the internet for web-enhanced and web-based courses are required.


    Students must be able to speak, hear, and observe clients to gather pertinent data, describe observations, and perceive nonverbal communications. Students must be able to communicate, orally and in writing, with peers, faculty/staff, clients, families, and members of the health care team from different social and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity, clarity, and accuracy.


    Students must have the visual acuity needed to evaluate a client during an oral examination, monitor client stability, and perform a wide range of interventions involved in the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.


    Students must have the motor and sensory functions needed to elicit information from clients by oral examination and perform a wide range of interventions involved in the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.


    The provision of patient care often requires upright posture with sufficient total body strength, mobility, and cardiovascular endurance. Students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and be able to sit, stand, and perform other activities for long periods of time. Students must be able to execute the physical movements required to maneuver in small places, calibrate and use equipment, position and move clients, and perform interventions involved in the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.


    Students must possess a wide range of interpersonal skills, including (1) management of high-stress situations while maintaining full intellectual abilities, (2) utilization of good judgment, (3) time management (arrive on time, prioritize activities, complete tasks efficiently), (4) development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with classmates, faculty, staff, all members of the health care team, and clients and their families, (5) recognition of one's emotional state and the emotional states of others, (6) management of personal emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict, (7) engagement with clients and families in a way that establishes confidence and trust, and (8) acceptance of constructive criticism and initiation of appropriate behavior modification.


All students enrolled in the Program must be able to independently, or with reasonable accommodation, demonstrate these health standards, cognitive and motor skills, and professional behaviors for Program matriculation, progression, and graduation. Students with disabilities are responsible for contacting the Office of Accessible Education Services. For contact information and to learn more about the Office of Accessible Education Services, visit online at ( to request accommodation(s). The Program attempts, to the best of its ability, to develop mechanisms by which otherwise qualified applicants for admission and enrolled students can be accommodated; however, the Program's Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression must be maintained in order to ensure that all parts of the Program's curriculum are delivered to all students and that students provide safe and effective client care. Clinical practice expects students to have met the Program's Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression and to perform assigned duties in a timely manner as such ability is critical and essential to safe and effective client care. Therefore, extra time is not granted to students during assessments of the oral examination and clinical procedure skills, simulated client encounters, and completion of client care duties during FWs. Similarly, the use of trained intermediaries is not approved in the assessments listed above and in Clinic Phase.

Students must submit a signed attestation form stating that they are able to meet the minimal technical standards to participate fully in the Program's curriculum prior to matriculation. Students must upload the signed attestation into the Exxat Approve Module. Students do not return the attestation form to the Program. Students must notify the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine as soon as possible if there is any change in their ability to meet these technical standards.