Clinical Observation & Enrichment Programs

Clinical Observation Program

Students who are completing their prerequisite requirements and will be applying to the Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Program, may be eligible to obtain their 40 hours of clinical observation requirement at the Phoenix College Dental  Clinic. There are limited openings for student observation available each semester, and day/times of observation are scheduled when faculty and students are in the dental clinic providing patient care.  Those interested in completing their clinical observation experience in the Phoenix College Dental Clinic must be screened for eligibility and should contact Ms. Adrianna Coronel at adrianna.coronel@phoenixcollege.edu.

After being accepted into the clinical observation program, participants will be required to pay a $30 fee and complete two Internet-based programs. The first one is Infection Control - Protection for the Dental Team and Patient. The second program is the Maricopa Community College District's HIPAA Tutorial. Participants will sign a Confidentiality Agreement, and will be required to adhere to the clinic's dress code. Participants will chose their own schedule from the clinic hours available.

Infection Control - Protection for the Dental Team and Patient:  To access this program, go to: http://goo.gl/forms/CuETzFvbTDuWR1ak1

Maricopa Community College District's HIPAA Tutorial.  To access these programs, go to:  
https://district.maricopa.edu/regulations/admin-regs/section-4/4-22
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/index.html


Clinical Enrichment Programs

The Phoenix College Dental Hygiene faculty and administration are pleased to offer a variety of unique and growth-oriented experiences to first and second-year dental hygiene students outside of our on-site Dental Clinic. We are indeed privileged to have both administrators and dental professionals in the community who are willing to share their expertise with our students. We feel these experiences enhance the professional and ethical education of future dental hygienists.

Students' clinical enrichment experiences include the provision of dental hygiene therapy at:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic
  • St. Joseph's Hospital 
  • Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health - Special Care Dentistry Clinic
  • Maricopa County Department of Health Services - Office of Oral Health-Sealant Program

As health care providers, graduate dental hygienists must be prepared to serve the community's needs in all aspects. The faculty and administration feel these experiences will expand each student's knowledge and allow for increased professional growth.