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TCC dental programs earn reaccreditation

Tallahassee, Fla. (April 25, 2016) — Two popular healthcare programs at Tallahassee Community College have earned reaccreditation. After site visits by the national Commission on Dental Accreditation, TCC’s Dental Hygiene program and Dental Assisting program both earned an accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”


That status is important for student certification and licensure, as well as for recruitment of prospective students, said Ginny Wagner, who is chair of TCC’s Dental Health programs.


 “We are very proud of the quality of our Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs and the caliber of our graduates. This status validates our dedication, policies and practices,” said Wagner.


The Dental Assisting certificate program at TCC takes three semesters to complete, while the Dental Hygiene associate degree program takes five semesters. Graduates of both programs are in high demand throughout the Big Bend in private dental offices, community health clinics and other facilities.


“You only need to be a dental patient in one of our communities to realize just how important both the programs are to the health of our citizens,” said Alice Nied, dean of the Division of Healthcare Professions.


The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission’s next site visit at TCC will be in 2022.


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