Dental Health Programs

Dental Health Department Mission Statement:

The Dental Health Department seeks to prepare students as dental professionals who have the skills required to be competent members of the dental care team, deliver quality dental health care to the public, have the knowledge to pass national licensure and certification examinations and are committed to professional development through life-long learning.

Accredited Programs:

Both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are only Accredited Programs in Rhode Island.  The Programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 9/2018
Next Accreditation Visit: 2025

What does a Dental Assistant do?

CCRI's Dental Assisting Program prepares students to become DANB Certified Dental Assistants.
Dental assisting is among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in the United States. As a dental assistant, you will not only enjoy increased opportunities in a growing field, you will also enhance the efficiency of a dental care team. (More from DANB)

What does a Dental Hygienist do?

If you like helping people, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, and are interested in helping to prevent disease while assisting patients to maintain their health, a career as a dental hygienist may be for you. Dental hygienists are important members of the dental health care team who work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients. They use their interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct patients on methods to prevent oral disease and to maintain oral health. (More from the ADHA)


*Participation in either dental program potentially exposes students to infectious diseases, bloodborne pathogens, hazardous materials, and ionizing radiation.

Contact Information

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Admissions Info Sessions

Kathleen J. Gazzola
Chair, Dental Health
Director, Dental Hygiene
Flanagan Campus
Room 2374
Tel: 401-333-7227
Fax: 401-333-7146


Adam Moreau
Admissions Officer
Tel: 401-333-7471


Karen Souza

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Last Updated: 8/15/19