The applicant and student must possess:
1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for judgment during clinical activities.
2. Communication abilities for effective interaction verbally and in written form with patients and other members of the health care team.
3. Coordination and use of both upper and lower limbs as required for, among other skills, the performance of dental hygiene clinical procedures and emergency skills such as cardio- pulmonary resuscitation.
4. Manual dexterity necessary for performance in the various clinical, dental laboratory, and basic science laboratories without posing a threat to her/himself, patients, or her/his fellow students’ safety and well-being.
5. Hearing and visual abilities, appropriately assisted, acute enough to allow the individual recordation of patient histories, to provide routine safety instructions, and perform stethoscopic and other ausucultatory examinations, and to read all forms of diagnostic imaging so that she/he can adequately interpret normal, abnormal, and pathologic changes.
6. Freedom from communicable diseases sufficient for rendering safe and effective dental hygiene care.
7. Ability to obtain a dental hygiene license as some states deny licenses for certain prior felony convictions.
Applicants with disabilities will neither be summarily denied admission, nor will higher scholastic requirements be demanded of them. All persons to be eligible for acceptance to the School must be capable of demonstrating upon request their ability to perform classroom, laboratory, and clinical assignments, including microscopic work, x-ray interpretation and techniques, or the equivalent, pass written, oral, and practical examinations and meet all of the requirements of the School as they evolve.
It is the responsibility of the applicant/student to assess compliance with these requirements. By submitting an application to the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the applicant is confirming their ability to meet qualifications for entrance into the Fones School of Dental Hygiene program.