Beth Webster (letter Feb. 8) about the cost of operating the Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Program, insinuated that money is diverted from general education to fund the program.
The budget for the program, determined by the college, is conservative and appropriate. The program meets stringent American Dental Association standards regarding administration, curriculum, faculty, facilities, budget and patient care services. The student-to-faculty ratio, determined by ADA, is appropriate and necessary to provide safe, quality education and training.
Eighteen of 24 California dental hygiene programs are offered through the California Community College system, whose mission is to provide affordable, open-door access to general education and vocational programs. The City College program accomplishes this by offering reasonably priced education while providing high quality, inexpensive dental hygiene services for thousands of Fresno citizens annually. Fees collected for clinical services return to the college general fund, offsetting the clinic budget by nearly 50%.
The program has graduated more than 700 skilled dental hygienists who are instantly employable and become productive, tax-paying members of their communities; as do all graduates of the quality Allied Health Programs in the Health Sciences Division at Fresno City College.
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Monta Denver, RDH, MS
Jean Kulbeth, RDH, MS
Department of Dental Hygiene
Fresno City College