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Series:Community Dental Health Coordinator for NM Registered Dental Hygienists

This course series is for New Mexico Registered Dental Hygienists who wish to co-function in the role of Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC). CDHC's work with underserved communities, and have an emphasized skill set related to oral health. Working under the direction of a dentist, and in partnership with a community clinic, CDHCs provide oral health education, prevention intervention, and low-level dental care. They also help patients navigate an often-complex public health system to receive adequate oral healthcare. CDHCs will also establish an oral health referral system with the community clinic, federally qualified health system, and/or dentists with whom they work.

Our program can be completed by completing online classes, face to face labs and completing 150 hours of CDHC outreach in your community. Rich, interactive didactic content is facilitated online by subject matter experts certified in facilitating online instruction. After completion of the series, completers may be eligible for CDHC certification issued by the NM DOH (see NM Dental Board rules for eligibility). 

Prerequisites: Documentation of Registration as an RDH; Licensed dentist willing to serve as preceptor; Completion of a Clinical Compliance packet including caregiver's criminal background check, drug screening and immunizations; Current BLS certification.

Participants should have their own stethoscope and blood pressure kit, scrubs and a lab coat; closed toe leather shoes and transportation to outreach sites. 

*Participants who do not live in or possess NM licensure, may waive the required Palliative Dental Care class with proof of residency outside of NM. 

Registration applications may be requested from apoppe@cnm.edu. Proof of RDH required. 

Key Details

Tuition:  $2,700.00





Schedule Information

Class Name (Course #/Class ID) Location Start Date Class Schedule
CDHC Legal & Ethical Issues; Financing & Payment of Care (6710012 /58062) Online 02/10/2020 Online 24/7 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM; starting 2/10/2020, ending 3/8/2020 (New lessons are released None specified)
Community Dental Outreach, Experiential Learning (6710006 /55923) 04/13/2020 Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; 74 sessions starting 4/13/2020, ending 6/28/2020 ;
Class Skip Dates : (No class on 5/23/2020, 5/24/2020, 5/25/2020) (New lessons are released None specified)
Foundations for Dental Advocacy and Outreach (6710004 /55912) Online 01/13/2020 Online 24/7 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM; starting 1/13/2020, ending 2/9/2020 (New lessons are released None specified)
Palliative Dental Care (Required for NM Residents in CDHC Program) (6710005 /55963) CNM Montoya Campus 03/14/2020 Weekly - Sat, Sun 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; 4 sessions starting 3/14/2020, ending 3/22/2020 (New lessons are released None specified)