The class of 2014 in the Mount Ida College dental hygiene program can lay claim to an impressive accomplishment — a 100 percent pass rate on the North East Regional Boards.

Dental Hygiene programs at Mount Ida are accredited, career-focused degrees providing students with a strong foundation in biomedical science combined with practical training in dental hygiene.With courses taught from experienced dentists and dental hygiene faculty, students are eligible for certification as a dental hygienist after their third year and may continue their education to complete a bachelor’s of science in dental hygiene.

Students provide clinical patient care through our state-of-the-art Dental Education Center & Community Dental Clinic as a component of their curriculum requirements. In addition to classroom instruction, students also gain career-ready clinical experience through externships with dental schools, hospitals and community health care centers. Jacyn Stultz, department chair of dental hygiene at Mount Ida, has enjoyed seeing this group of students develop into the future dental hygienists that she’ll watch graduate with pride.


“I am proud of the program’s record of success,” said Stultz, noting that most students continue their education through the dental hygiene bachelor degree program at Mount Ida post successful completion of examinations, as well as one student from this year’s class enrolling in Mount Ida’s accelerated Masters of Management program.

Mount Ida also offers a dental hygiene degree completion program designed for students who’ve already completed CODA-accredited dental hygiene training.

For more information on Mount Ida’s dental hygiene programs, please visit our undergraduate academic homepage.


Diane Moran, Director for the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, recently attended ADEC 36th Conference, an annual conference presenting a unique opportunity for attendees to explore the “educational aspects of dying, death and bereavement.”

At the conference, Moran spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley, President of the Open to Hope Foundation, about the loss of her husband, finding hope and her life changing journey that brought her to Mount Ida.

“People need to learn how to speak to others grieving a loss,” noted Moran to Horsley while discussing her career path into the bereavement profession. Three years after being widowed in 1988 with three children under the age of three, Moran found the Bereavement Studies program at Mount Ida and began taking classes. Almost twenty five years later, she told Horsley, “I know I am where I belong.”


As Director of NCDE, Moran coordinates a series of professional development programs, including community programs, online courses as well as the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, taking place July 21 – 25, 2014. NCDE offers a Certificate in Thanatology upon completion of 60 credit hours and a scholarly project.

“We provide our attendees not only topics that are up to date, but topics that we really need to discuss as we continue to work with the beavered,” said Moran.

For more information on the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida, educational offerings and the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, including registration, please visit our webpage at