Rotations & Sealant Program

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Hands-On Learning Experiences

Throughout their educational program, dental hygiene students are provided with a wide variety of rotation opportunities outside the classroom and clinic to practice clinical procedures learned to date as well as engage in professional experiences they will encounter after graduation.

Junior Year

Junior dental hygiene students begin their clinical rotations by participating in sealant programs in Lincoln Public Schools. Additional experiences outside the College of Dentistry are provided at Lincoln Lancaster County Health and local private practices. In-house departmental rotations are provided in the pediatrics area of the Department of Growth and Development and oral surgery in the Department of Surgical Specialties. 

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Senior Year

Senior dental hygiene students continue to participate in sealant programs administered by the department in Omaha Public Schools. Their opportunities are expanded to work under the direction of licensed dental professionals in dental clinics at the Nebraska’s State Penitentiary, the Good Neighbor Health Center in Columbus and at nursing homes in the rural communities of Seward and Milford. Within the college, seniors work alongside dental students in Admissions Treatment Planning (ATP) to assess new College of Dentistry patients. Dental hygiene students are also given the opportunity to observe and assist periodontal residents within the Department of Surgical Specialties.

West Division junior and senior dental hygiene students participate in sealant programs at the elementary schools in Gering, Scottsbluff and surrounding communities. They also travel to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to administer a two-day sealant program and travel to Lincoln for two four-day rotations.

All senior dental hygiene students, Lincoln and West Division, spend three days at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to observe and/or assist the dental director of general practice residency (GPR) and residents in the GPR clinic and operating room; the maxillofacial prosthodontists; and provide services to pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.