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January 16, 2008 > Begin a Career in one of the top five health professions

Begin a Career in one of the top five health professions

Submitted By JoAnn Galliano

Chabot College is accepting applications until Thursday, Jan.31, for its top-ranked Dental Hygiene program. Chabot College's Class of 2007 ranked fifth in the nation on the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. Students logged a class average of 90.1 percent, just slightly behind the top-ranked school in the nation at 91.2 percent.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Dental Hygiene is expected to be one of the top five health professions in 2002-2012.

Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant are the #1 and #2 fastest growing occupations in the state according to the California Employment Development Department. The demand for new professionals in these positions is expected to grow by 57 percent over the next five years. Chabot College graduates who pass the State Board Examination typically have a 100 percent job placement rate.

This is a special admission program, and you can learn more about how to apply by accessing Chabot College's website www.chabotcollege.edu/dhyg or by calling Rozen Caampued, Health Sciences Admissions Specialist at (510) 723-6701. Students are exposed to primary health care, clinical practice, research, educational theory, adult learning concepts and communication.

Students work in a fully operative dental clinic where they treat patients. The program regularly invites members of the surrounding community to visit the clinic for cleanings and other procedures offered for a nominal fee.

Chabot College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Because of the high accreditation standards, Chabot College limits the program 20 students per year. These students enjoy the benefit of a 6:1 student to faculty ratio in clinic as well as considerable individual support from instructors. The program at Chabot College is available for $20 per unit, plus the cost of books and instruments, while comparable programs at colleges and universities offering a four-year degree cost as much as $30,000-60,000.

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