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Allegany College of Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland was founded in August of 1961 by a resolution passed by the Allegany County Board of Education and approved by the Allegany County Commissioners. The College, which now has separate governance under a Board of Trustees, is an example of the rapid growth in the development of Maryland’s community college system.

Allegany College of Maryland was established to provide low-cost, high quality, higher education for the residents of the area. Its accessibility to the county’s center of population permits students to live at home, thus saving a substantial part of out-of-pocket costs for a college education.

Although heavy emphasis was placed on liberal arts transfer programs in the College’s early development, in recent years the College has developed highly specialized curricula, including those in the technological and pre-professional areas, as career programs to satisfy identified needs of the region. Ever cognizant of its responsibility to an industrial area pocketed in Appalachian Western Maryland, Allegany College of Maryland has accepted a mission to make tangible contributions through higher education to the economic and cultural growth of the area. Through its Board of Trustees, the College presents a dimension of learning that prepares men and women for the excitement and satisfaction of creative lives.

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienists clean and polish teeth, take X-rays, and impressions, instruct patients in proper dental care technique and perform other preventive and treatment services. Hygienists usually work in clean, well-lighted offices. Many work part-time and some of this work maybe be on Saturdays or during evening hours. Some hygienists become teachers, sales representatives for dental product manufacturing firms, or government employees.

The Dental Hygiene Curriculum is designed as a two-year career program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. The demand for dental hygienists remains great and, recent studies published in various journals indicate that employment opportunities for dental hygienists will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2000 and beyond.

The Factors which positively influence the demand for dental hygienists include an increasing emphasis on preventive maintenance and more people keeping their teeth longer. These factors alone suggest that the demand estimates for employment should be considered conservative.

The Curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association, and all program graduates qualify as applicants for licensure to practice dental hygiene in all states.

Students are required to complete Chemistry 100 and Physical Education 148 (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) the Summer prior to Fall Class Work. The student must earn, at least, a "C" grade in Chemistry 100 to continue with fall course work.


The Mission of Allegany College of Maryland’s Dental Hygiene program is to provide a quality educational experience, which prepares individuals who are committed to their profession as oral health care providers. This educational process encompasses a philosophy of life-long learning, ethical decision-making, respect for individual diversity, and mind-body-spirit development. Our emphasis is to encourage well-rounded individuals who are capable of fulfilling multiple roles in the dynamic and ever changing profession of Dental Hygiene for the 21st century.

The goals of the ACOM Dental Hygiene program are to graduate students who are competent dental hygienists that:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to process and apply knowledge.

  2. Demonstrate proficient clinical skills.

  3. Demonstrate proficient written and oral communication skills, including evaluation of scientific research.

  4. Advance the profession through community service activities and affiliations with professional organizations.

School name:Allegany College of Maryland
Address:12401 Willowbrook Road, SE
Zip & city:21502-2596 Maryland
Phone:(301) 784-5005

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