Briarcliffe College Introduces New Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program

April 30, 2012

New Program Will Bring the First Free Dental Clinic to Long Island this Fall

LONG ISLAND, NY, April 30, 2012 —According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38 percent from 2010 to 2020, a rate faster than the average for most occupations. This growth is due in part to the need of increasing access to oral healthcare with the services hygienists provide. To help meet this need and prepare students for career opportunities in dental hygiene, Briarcliffe College - Patchogue is now offering a new program for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene.  The introduction of this program marks only the second dental hygiene educational program available to students on Long Island.

“As the demands for dental care increase, dentists delegate most patient education and preventive care responsibilities to dental hygienists,” said Dr. George Santiago, President and CEO of Briarcliffe College. “Our five semester program, which can be completed in 18 consecutive months, can help students pursue employment opportunities with the knowledge and clinical experience they need to help them succeed.”

In conjunction with the program, The College will open Long Island’s first free, community-based dental clinic in the Fall of 2012. The clinic will be open to the public and will offer Briarcliffe students the opportunity to provide dental hygiene services, expanding the community’s access to dental care.

This new academic program is currently enrolling students for the program that will begin on May 16, 2012. 

“We are currently accepting applications from prospective candidates for this program,” said Dr. Hubert Benitez, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Braircliffe College. “Being part of the inaugural cohort of students is an exciting time in any academic institution, and at Briarcliffe, we invite you to explore our expanding opportunities for students interested in preparing for health careers.”

Anyone interested in this field should contact Office of Admissions to learn more about the program at 631-654-5300.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dental Hygienists, on the Internet at (visited April 24, 2012).  This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may vary. 

About Briarcliffe College
A proprietary institution with locations in Bethpage, Patchogue and Queens NY., Briarcliffe College is a four-year career-focused education college offering degree programs in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, graphic design, healthcare administration, information technology, management, marketing, paralegal studies and dental hygiene.  Programs vary by location.  The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000 accredits Briarcliffe College. Briarcliffe College cannot guarantee employment or salary.  Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at  Briarcliffe College is also a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of colleges, universities and schools.  For more information, visit  

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