All health care providers should be immunized against the hepatitis B virus
as well as childhood diseases. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.
There are several types but the greatest risk to health care workers is
Hepatitis B (HBV). Available since 1982, the Hepatitis B vaccine is
considered safe and effective and is recommended for the prevention of HBV
infection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All
students will be offered, at no charge, the Hepatitis B vaccine at fall
registration. Additionally, the UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic strictly adheres
to and routinely practices the “Standard Precautions” against bloodborne
pathogens enforced by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
and recommended by the CDC.
- Student Admission
Dental hygiene applicants are considered without regards to race, color,
creed, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or gender.
Otherwise qualified applicants with an active communicable disease,
including sero-positivity for Hepatitis B (HBeAg) and/or HIV, receive equal
consideration. Applicants should note, however, that the Arkansas State
Board of Dental Examiners’ Rule and Regulations mandate that a dental
hygienist who is HBeAg seropositive or HIV seropositive must report this
fact to the Board who may limit the type of procedures that the student may
be able to perform. This potential restriction may preclude the dental
hygiene student with an infectious disease from performing tasks/procedures
essential to the completion of the requirements for graduation from the
dental hygiene program.
Communicable Disease –
Students in the dental hygiene program will provide treatment to patients
after competency has been demonstrated. Faculty will provide direct
supervision and consultation to oversee student and patient safety. To
fully develop clinical skills, students must treat all scheduled patients.
Treatment will be provided to all patients regardless of their race, color,
sex, religion, national origin, handicap, or other human condition. If a
student has a concern about treating a patient, the student should discuss
this situation with the clinical supervisor. Refusal to treat patient may be
cause for dismissal from the program.
sessions are offered each year at the Department office. Please call the
Department for more information.
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