Mount Ida in the News: MWCC Expanding Opportunities in the Dental Field
July 28, 2011
The following is a recent press release issued by Mount Wachusett Community College, one of Mount Ida's community college partners, relating to our dental hygiene transfer student program:
Mount Wachusett Community College is expanding opportunities for students interested in pursuing or advancing careers in the dental field.
"We are delighted to enhance opportunities for students interested in careers in the field of dental care," said Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, president of MWCC. "Our new dental assisting certificate program and partnerships with Mount Ida College and Montachusett Regional Technical Vocational School will open doors for new students, as well as graduates of our dental hygiene degree program. Since its inception in 2005, the dental hygiene program has gained a reputation of providing an exceptional education, as demonstrated by a 100 percent pass rate on the written National Board examination for licensure."
MWCC is launching a new 15-month certificate program in dental assisting for students interested in entering the field. The new part-time, evening credit program at the Fitchburg campus will prepare students for dental assisting board certification and for careers assisting dentists and other technicians, including dental hygienists, dental therapists and dental technicians. Dental assistants are responsible for patient care as well as office and laboratory duties, including preparing patients for treatment, sterilizing and organizing instruments, passing instruments during a procedure, and obtaining and checking dental records. Some credits can be applied toward the associate degree dental hygiene program, for students interested in continuing their academic studies at MWCC.
The college and Montachusett Regional Technical Vocational School have also formed a new transfer agreement that will enable graduates of Monty Tech's dental assisting program to earn up to 10 credits toward MWCC's certificate program.
In addition, a new "3 Plus 1" transfer program with Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts will provide graduates of MWCC's dental hygiene associate degree program with seamless transfer into a bachelor degree program as college seniors. Under this new transfer program, MWCC dental hygiene graduates interested in continuing their education can transfer their dental hygiene and general education credits into the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion (DHDC) program at Mount Ida. Once in the bachelor degree program, students will pursue one of four concentrations with a mix of online and on campus options, including: management; education; forensic science; or pre-professional. The program will prepare students for practice, graduate school or a career in education.
"It has been one of my long-term goals to have a four-year institution embrace MWCC Dental Hygiene students and recognize and accept the 84 credits they graduate with," said Anne Malkasian, director of MWCC's Dental Hygiene program. "The idea that Mount Ida College, will accept all 84 credits speaks to the confidence in the quality of the dental hygiene curriculum."
"Mount Ida College is committed to student success at every level. We are excited about this opportunity to engage Mount Wachusett students in baccalaureate education at Mount Ida College and welcome these professional students into our community of learners," said Dr. Lance Carluccio, president of Mount Ida College.