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Dental Hygiene Associates Degree Program

Receive your 2-year degree locally at MVCC's Rome campus extension.

The content on this webpage is to be used as a resource for the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program. The program is offered through SUNY Canton at MVCC's Rome campus extension. Additional pertinent information about the Dental Hygiene Program should be obtained by visiting the SUNY Canton website.

This webpage is endorsed by the Oneida-Herkimer County Dental Society and the Mohawk Valley Dental Hygienist's Association.

SUNY Canton has partnered with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) Health Services Department to offer this jointly registered program in Rome, New York.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Program

Visit the SUNY Canton Website to Learn More

General Education Courses

The general education courses can be taken online through SUNY Canton's course management system or at MVCC's Rome Campus on Floyd Avenue.

Dental Hygiene Theory Courses

The dental hygiene theory courses will be offered in a hybrid delivery. SUNY Canton's highly qualified faculty combines traditional classroom instruction with on-line instruction, meaning students have unlimited access to course lectures and interactive learning activities.

Clinical and Laboratory Courses

The clinical and lab courses are taught at the Donald J. Mitchell Rome Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic building located at 125 Brookley Road, Rome, New York. Depending upon the semester, students spend 8-15 hours a week in the clinical setting learning, practicing and mastering the functions written in the NYS Dental Practice Act. The students progress from practice on typodonts and fellow students to providing oral health services to patients from within the community. A dentist and several registered dental hygienists who hold advanced degrees closely supervise the students as they interact with the patients in the clinic. A low faculty/student ratio, in both clinic and labs, allows for individualized instruction, immediate feedback and continual growth.

Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Dental Health Center and St. Luke's Home will provide additional clinical experience for students in the second year of the program.

Application Information

Application to the 2-year Associate Degree Dental Hygiene Program MUST be made through SUNY Canton. DO NOT apply thorough MVCC.

Specific application links are provided below to facilitate your application process.

High School Prerequisites for Application to SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene

SUNY Canton Request for Information

SUNY Online Application

For more information, contact:

Mrs. Pamela P. Quinn, RDH, BS, MSEd
SUNY at Canton School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice
Dental Hygiene Program Director
125 Brookley Road
Rome, NY 13441
Phone: 315-336-3484 / Fax: 315-336-3485


The Oneida-Herkimer County Dental Society, Onondaga County Dental Society and Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Dental Residency Program each sponsor student scholarships for second year students. Application information for these scholarships is available from Mrs. Pamela Quinn.

Dental Hygiene Scholarship Opportunities sponsored by the James Rozanski Dental Residency Program

Additional Scholarships

Dental Hygiene Career Links

ADHA Education and Careers

ADA Education and Careers

Dental Hygiene Association Links

Dental Hygienists' Association of the State of New York

American Dental Hygienists' Association