RCTC Announces Dental Hygiene Dual Enrollment Program with Metropolitan State University

RCTC is pleased to announce a new Dental Hygiene Dual Enrollment program with Metropolitan State University (Metro State) in St. Paul. The agreement was formally signed by RCTC’s Interim president, Mary Davenport, Ph.D., and Metro State University’s president, Virginia Arthur, J.D., at a ceremony today in the RCTC Dental Hygiene Lab.

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The RCTC and Metro State partnership is designed to ensure seamless, simultaneous admission and enrollment at both institutions. The focus is to provide an accessible, high-quality liberal arts and professional education to the citizens and communities of the community with continued emphasis on under-served groups, including adults and communities of color.

“This automatic admissions and enrollment from RCTC to Metro State is a great opportunity to help students transition from two-year colleges to four-year universities,” states RCTC Interim President Mary Davenport. “This is the first of many new RCTC collaborations that will align with Minnesota State system goals to create ease of transfer and access to our students.

“Metropolitan State University is pleased to enter into this new partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College, to offer students dual admission to our respective dental hygiene programs,” said Metro State’s President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur. “This integrated pathway is the latest expression of Metropolitan State’s deep commitment to providing access to high-quality bachelor’s programs.”

While RCTC has articulation agreements in place with Metro State University currently, this dual enrollment partnership is truly unique.

Greg Mosier, Ed.D., RCTC’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs notes, “dual enrollment programs, such as this one with Metropolitan State University, are truly rare and provide tremendous opportunities for the students enrolled in them and the profession the programs serve.”

The purpose of the Dual Admission and Enrollment Dental Hygiene program is to provide a smooth and successful transition for the student from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) to Metropolitan State University (MSU) seeking a bachelor’s degree. Students who participate in the program are considered fully admitted to the RCTC Dental Hygiene Program and to the MSU Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program simultaneously.

“The dual enrollment program in Dental Hygiene between RCTC and Metropolitan State is the product of hard work between faculty at both institutions as they explore ways to better serve students and the state of Minnesota,” states Brian Fors, Ph.D., RCTC Interim Dean of Sciences and Health Professions. “It’s an example of how the Minnesota State system provides hope to students for a brighter future and supports the future economic vitality of the state.”

President Arthur agrees adding, “I am pleased to join with President Mary Davenport and all our Minnesota State colleagues to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.”

Anne High, RCTC Dental Hygiene program leader and instructor, sees first-hand how innovative this arrangement will be.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for dental hygiene students to simultaneously and seamlessly complete their Bachelor’s Degree. Student enrollment in the program indicates this will be a successful collaboration.”

For further information about RCTC’s Dental Hygiene A.A.S. degree program contact the DH program advisor, eric.sime@rctc.edu or visit rctc.edu/program/dh/.

For further information on Metro State’s Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree and RCTC/Metro State dual enrollment options contact Farrah Fossum, DH dual enrollment academic advisor at Farrah.Fossum@metrostate.edu.

About RCTC’s Dental Hygiene degree

RCTC’s dental hygiene program was developed in 1991 as the first successfully accredited, jointly offered (Rochester Technical College/Rochester Community College) dental hygiene program in the nation. It was a jointly offered AAS degree and utilized resources on both campuses to meet accreditation standards. It was also the first dental hygiene program in the Minnesota technical college system. Collaboration has always been a hallmark of the Dental Hygiene program at RCTC.  To date, RCTC has approximately 300 graduates from the Dental Hygiene program.

RCTC’s Dental Hygiene 2014 and 2015 graduates reported 100% job placement.  (Data from the 2016 graduates is not yet available.)  RCTC’s Dental Hygiene graduates have a 93.30% pass rate in 2014 and a 100% pass rate in both 2015 and 2016 on their first attempt at the National Board examination.  These RCTC Dental Hygiene graduates also have a 100% pass rate in both 2014 and 2016 and an 86.66% pass rate in 2015 on their first attempt at the Regional Practical Examination.

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