CDHC for Dental Hygienists

Program Description

The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program is a six to twelve-month professional development apprenticeship employment program including a 145-hour campus course that empowers dental hygienists to help diverse populations overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from dental health services. They focus on case management, navigation, oral health education and promotion, motivational interviewing and community mapping. Their expertise link patients to available but underutilized dental care. They serve as advocates, facilitators, motivators, and culture brokers with oral health resources. Their overall goal is empowering community members, communities and dental healthcare systems to achieve positive outcomes in overall health status.  The program is open to practicing dental hygienists.

“I have seen firsthand the great need for the role of a dental navigator, such as a CDHC, and truly believe it can improve the quality of life for individuals and communities as a whole.”  –  Jenna Linden, R.D.H., CDHC

Fall 2018

Program begins on October 25.

A limited number of $2000 tuition stipends are available through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Hawai‘i Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

Your cost is only $300!

Program Info

Course Schedule
Session Dates October 25, 2018 to February 28, 2019
Times Thursdays 9am – 1pm
Saturdays  1pm – 4pm
Location Kapi‘olani Community College   Room TBA

We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons.

All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat.

Employer approval is required for entry into this program.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information/eligibility sessions listed below to determine your eligibility and to receive approval for registering. No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus. A brief discussion of the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented.

PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

Information Sessions

September 25, 2018 Tuesday 5:00pm-5:30pm Kauila 113
October 9, 2018 Tuesday 5:00pm-5:30pm Kauila 113
Registration Procedure

After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will be provided with online registration instructions. You may also choose to register and pay in person at Manono 113 (Non-Credit Registration Office). Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program.

NOTE: Fall 2018 tuition is discounted from $2,300 to $300 due to grant stipend.  There is limited seating and students are accepted on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis.

REFUND POLICY:

A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course. A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are an option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit score based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Tuition

Regular tuition is $2,300.  The Fall 2018 course is discounted through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

All students will only pay $300 to be registered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Advocacy and Outreach
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Communication and Cultural Competency
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Interviewing Skills
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of Legal and Ethical Issues in Dental Care
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of Financing and Payment for Dental Care
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Advocacy and Outreach
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Communication and Cultural Competency
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Interviewing Skills
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Legal and Ethical Issues in Dental Care
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Financing and Payment for Dental Care
Degree and National Certification

Students successfully completing the 1000 to 2000 hour paid apprenticeship and the related training 145-hour campus course will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College.

Contact Information

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