Dec 06, 2022  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Community Dental Health Coordinator, Certificate of Completion

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

This program is designed for students who are interested in exploring community dental health.Those with documented credentials within the Dental industry may be able to receive credit towards coursework in CNM Dental Science programs via Credit for Prior Learning (CPL).  Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHC) are health care workers who help promote oral health in underserved communities. A CDHC is essentially a Community Health Worker (CHW) with an emphasized skill set related to oral health. Working under the direction of a Dentist and in partnership with a community clinic, CDHCs will provide oral health education, prevention intervention, provide low level dental care, and help patients navigate an often complex public health system to receive adequate oral health care. CDHCs will be working in the communities, peoples’ homes and other locations under the same concept and realm of a CHW. The CDHC will also establish an emergency triage system and an organized oral health referral system with the Community Clinic or Federally Qualified Health System and dentists with whom they will be working.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Certificate of Completion in Community Dental Health Coordinator 34-36 credit hours

* Students credentialed as CDA, RDH, or NM Radiation Health and Safety certification and documented sufficient dental employer experience may be awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL).

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