SHRP School of Health Related Professions
Department of Allied Dental Education
exclusively dedicated to healthcare
the very best faculty & students
rigorous course work
About the Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Admission / Registration
Financial Aid / Accreditation
Students who choose
UMDNJ’s School of
Health Related Professions
want a University that is
exclusively dedicated to
health care, with
rigorous coursework, and
faculty who cares. All
our resources go toward
supporting a health care
that attracts and nurtures
the very best faculty and
About the ProgrAm
The Dental Hygiene Program was established in 1978 and is fully
accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission
on Dental Accreditation (CODA) .
The Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) provides preventive,
educational and therapeutic services to the public. The RDH is
a member of the oral health care team who provides treatment
to prevent oral diseases such as: dental caries (cavities) and
periodontal disease (gum disease). The RDH is also involved in
instructing patients regarding methods to maintain optimum oral
health and community dental health education.
The Dental Hygiene Program at SHRP is very challenging. Since
each state has its own specific regulations, the range of services vary
from state to state. Upon graduation at UMDNJ-SHRP, the student
will be able to perform the following services:
➣ Perform prophylaxis (dental cleaning)
➣ Administer fluoride
➣ Provide patient education and nutritional counseling
➣ Expose, process and mount radiographs
➣ Examine head, neck and oral areas for disease
➣ Fabricate mouth guards
➣ Polish amalgam restorations
➣ Perform basic laboratory procedures
➣ Work as a member of the dental health care team
➣ Administer local anesthesia
➣ Place sealants
Frequently Asked questions
What is the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey (UMDNJ)?
UMDNJ is the state university of the health sciences. There are eight
schools on five campuses across New Jersey. UMDNJ is the largest fully
accredited health sciences center of its kind in the nation and is a leader
in health care research, education, and patient care.
What is SHRP?
SHRP stands for the School of Health Related Professions,
one of eight schools at UMDNJ. Our specialization is two-fold:
• Preparing students for entry-level health care careers.
• Educating health professionals for career advancement.
What types of degrees and programs does SHRP offer?
SHRP has over 35 programs at all academic levels. Many, including the
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Allied Dental Concentration, are
offered in conjunction with one or more of our twenty-eight affiliate
What does it mean that SHRP has affiliations with other
Affiliations are partnerships that SHRP has formed with other higher
education institutions to provide you with the best education possible.
These partners are called affiliates. SHRP offers all of the health-related
courses and the affiliates offer the general education, basic sciences, and
liberal arts courses.
What affiliates are associated with the Dental Hygiene
The affiliates for this program are Brookdale Community College,
Essex County College, Raritan Valley Community College,
Thomas Edison State College and Union County College.
UMDNJ-SHRP does not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis
of race, creed, sex, national origin or disability. UMDNJ recognizes the value
of diversity and is committed to providing appropriate support for its student
body. In addition to criminal background checks being required as part of
the admissions process, please note that criminal background checks are also
performed by the State Board of Dentistry prior to licensure/registration.
Dental workers may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens
and infectious diseases. Therefore, infection control protocol has been
standardized and implemented in all clinical facilities utilized. The University
has also established policies to specifically address HIV, HBV and bloodborne
pathogens. These policies are strictly enforced and are available for review
upon request from the department of Allied Dental Education.
Students must also act as operators and as student partners.
A high school diploma or its recognized equivalency with a minimum of a
2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and completion of six (6) specific
college level pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.75 are required
for admission into the Program. All basic skills requirements and any needed
remedial coursework must be completed prior to entry into the Program in
January (additionally, each candidate must complete an allied health entrance
examination administered by the college affiliate and participate in an interview).
Applicants may also be required to submit TOEFL scores, if applicable.
Where do I apply for admission?
You may contact one of the affiliates to apply to the Program:
Brookdale Community College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-224-2375
Essex County College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 973-877-3271
Raritan Valley Community College . . . . . . . . 908-526-1200, ext . 8446
Thomas Edison State College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-442-8372
Union County College . . . . . . . . . . . 908-709-7525 or 908-709-7596
For applicants going thorough TESC, apply directly and send all
materials to SHRP Enrollment Services by May 1.
Is prerequisite coursework required for admission?
Applicants who have completed the six (6) pre-requisite courses with
a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 will qualify for
consideration for admission to the professional phase of the program.
Candidates must complete all remaining general education courses with
a minimum of “C” or above prior to the start of dental coursework in
January. The required general education courses are indicated below:
(to be completed prior to consideration for admission)
Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits (lab)
Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits (lab)
College Chemistry I 4 credits (lab)
English Composition I 3 credits
General Psychology I 3 credits
Microbiology 4 credits (lab)
Additional General Education Requirements
(to be completed prior to the start of dental coursework in January)
English Composition II 3 credits
Algebra 3 credits
(ECC students – 4 credits Algebra course)
Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Public Speaking 3 credits
What are the other requirements?
In that some courses may be web based or web enhanced, you are
required to be computer literate upon enrollment. You must also have
remote (off-campus) access to Internet services, to include at least web
browsing capability and e-mail. Enrollment and continued enrollment
of accepted students is conditional based on the results of certain
laboratory tests and fulfillment of immunization requirements in order
to determine their ability to perform all essential functions. Please also
note that all courses are taught in English.
What is the application deadline?
Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the affiliate
institution of choice or SHRP (if TESC is the affiliate), by May 1 annually.
Supporting documents include copies of your high school diploma or its
recognized equivalency with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
and official transcripts from all institutions where credit has been received.
What is the admission selection process?
Each of the five affiliate
institutions present those
qualified applicants, rank
ordered by cumulative
grade point average (gpa),
for the six prerequisite
courses, to the Allied
for selection. Selection
is a competitive process that is the responsibility of the Committee.
Decisions are based on a composite of the applicant’s overall professional
and academic ability. The school does not discriminate against qualified
individuals on the basis of race, creed, national origin or disability.
The University recognizes the value of diversity and is committed
to providing appropriate support to its student body. The Disability
Compliance Coordinator may be reached at 973-972-8594.
Can I take course work full-time or part-time?
Coursework in the Dental Hygiene Program is offered on a full-time
basis. There are no part-time options.
Where do I take classes?
Students are required to take classes on both the Newark and Scotch
Plains Campuses. Students also participate in a clinical rotation with
the Veterans Administration Hospital and East Orange, NJ.
What is the required dental coursework?
You are required to take the following courses:
Semester I ~ Spring
Dental Head & Neck Anatomy 3 credits
Intro to the Dental Professions 4 credits
Intro to Clinical Dental Hygiene 4 credits
Dental Materials 3 credits
Medical Emergencies 1 credit
Semester II ~ Fall
Dental Health Education 1 credit
Dental Radiology 3 credits
Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3 credits
Clinical Services I 3 credits
Oral Embryology & Histology 2 credits
Semester III ~ Spring
Nutrition 2 credits
Oral Pathology 2 credits
Dental Health Ed /
Comm Dental Health 2 credits
Oral Medicine 1 credit
Periodontology I 2 credits
Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 credits
Clinical Services II 3 credits
Dental Specialties I 1 credit
Semester IV ~ Fall
Practice Management 1 credit
Capstone Seminar 2 credits
Periodontology II 2 credits
Clinical Services III 3 credits
Dental Specialties II 1 credit
Pain Control 1 credit
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 credits
Who will advise me during my studies?
A faculty advisor within the Department of Allied Dental Education
will be assigned to you at the start of the dental phase of the program
in January. You are required to schedule an appointment at least
once during each semester and are encouraged to have ongoing
communication with your advisor.
How many credits will I need to graduate?
You will need a total of 86 (ECC-87) general education and dental
course credits to graduate. The 34 (ECC-35) credits of general education
coursework are provided by the affiliate or may transfer from other
schools. The 52 credits of dental coursework are provided by SHRP.
Not all general education credits completed at other institutions may be
acceptable for transfer as affiliate institutions have specific residency requirements
Applicants must contact the affiliate college directly, through which they are
applying, to determine the number of general education credits or residency
credits they must register for and complete at the affiliate college in order to be
eligible for admission into and graduation from the Program
Graduates are employed in private dental offices, group practice, corporate
and educational institutions The RDH is a State license to provide an array of
preventive oral health services to patients
sPeciAl oPPortunities For students
Does SHRP offer special opportunities for students?
The SHRP Department of Allied Dental Education offers a 15-credit
Certificate of Advanced Study in Allied Dental Education. If you already
have a bachelor’s degree or are unsure if you wish to pursue a bachelor’s
degree, you may choose to enroll in this Certificate program.
The Certificate consists of the following course offerings
♦ Current Issues in Allied Dental Practice
♦ Clinical Allied Dental Internship
♦ Computer Applications in Health Care
♦ Quality and Leadership In Health Care
♦ Education Methodology for Allied Health Professionals
There also opportunities for course substitutions with approval
The Certificate is offered through UMDNJ’s School of Health Related
Professions, Department of Allied Dental Education. Courses completed
with a grade of “C” or above may be applied to the Bachelor of Science
in Health Sciences Allied Dental concentration. For more information
about the Certificate program, please call 908-889-2413 or visit the ADE
web site at http://shrp.umdnj.edu/programs/dh/index.html
If you are a licensed dental hygienist or dental assistant who would
like to continue your education towards a baccalaureate degree, the
School of Health Related Professions’ Bachelor Science in Health
Sciences-Allied Dental Concentration is designed specifically for you.
Today’s allied dental practitioners are employed in a variety of health
care environments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
employment in the field is expected to grow faster than that of many
other professions in the coming years.
When you receive your bachelor’s degree, you will be in a position
to advance in your career or seek a challenging new position within
a wide range of options. Opportunities for graduates include dental
management, teaching, marketing, sales and research, and can include
• Colleges and universities • Hospitals with dental programs
• Public health agencies • Insurance companies
• Pharmaceutical companies • Corporations
The SHRP Allied Dental Concentration includes advanced dental practice,
management, education and research. Toward the end of your course
work, you will complete a flexible, four-credit practicum in the area of
either health services management or health professions education.
Advanced technology and distance learning will provide you with the
best possible academic environment. In addition, your prior course
work will be evaluated, and up to 80 credits may be applied towards
completion of your degree.
How much will I pay for tuition and fees?
For current UMDNJ tuition and fees, please access the web site at
www.shrp.umdnj.edu/admissions and click on the Tuition and Fees link.
You are also required to have health insurance or prove that you have
comparable insurance. For information about health insurance, please
access the web site at www.shrp.umdnj.edu/admissions and click on the
Insurance Information link.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Students may contact the contact the Financial Aid Office at
973-972-4376 or visit their web site at www.umdnj.edu/studentfinancialaid
The School of Health Related Professions is fully accredited by the
Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools. The Programs offered through the Department
of Allied Dental Education are accredited by the Commission on Dental
Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA).
Department of Allied Dental Education
Carolyn Breen, Ed.D., CDA, RDA, RDH
Department Chair & Director
Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene Programs
Karen Finnerty, BA, RDH
Janet Jaccarino, MA, BS, CDA, RDH
Karen Kulikowski, DMD
Tracy March, AAS, CDA, RDA, RDH
Kim McMahon, AAS, CDA, RDA, RDH
Cindy Schroeder, MA, BS, CDA, RDA, RDH
Vaishali Singal, DMD
Gail Vasilenko, MA, BS, CDA, RDH
PermanenT ParT-Time FaculTy
Lisa Rustemeyer, BS, RDH
Alessandra Spagnolo, BS, CDA, RDH
Deborah Gagliardo, BSHS, CDA, RDA, RDH
Program Assistant, Allied Dental Education Department
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