Performance Requirements: Dental Hygiene

You must meet the following performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare during your time in our program and throughout your career.

Physical Requirements

  • Visual acuity (with corrective lenses if needed) to:
    • Read very fine, small print on:
      • Identify oral tissue changes
      • Evaluate treatment (the hygienist measures conditions in millimeters)
  • Hearing ability (with auditory aids if needed) to:
    • Understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker's face
    • Take / hear blood pressure with a stethoscope
  • Manual dexterity to:
    • Use a variety of instruments in the small confined space of the oral cavity
    • Maintain equipment
  • Physical ability to:
    • Sit for prolonged periods of time
    • Perform repetitive wrist motion for instrumentation
    • Move from room to room
    • Maneuver in limited spaces

Communication Requirements

  • Communicate effectively by:
    • Speaking clearly and succinctly when :
      • Explaining treatment procedures and patient conditions
      • Implementing dental health teaching and professional speaking
    • Writing legibly and correctly in a patients' charts for documentation of treatment
  • Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to:
    • Adapt to a changing environment inherent in clinic situations involving patient care
  • Computer skills to:
    • Use a variety of software programs and the internet for research and course projects. PowerPoint is utilized for presentations.



Northeast Campus

Health Sciences Department

Visit NHSC, Room 1118

Call 817-515-6435


Updated January 29, 2024