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CCL in Community Dental Health Coordination

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program is designed to provide students with a practical and theoretical basis for assisting in the reduction of disparities in dental health. Courses will cover advocacy, intercultural communication, and finance in addition to dental health coordination, documentation, and reporting procedures. Legal and ethical issues will also be covered.

CIPS Code: 51.0504
Flyer: Community Dental Health Coordination (PDF)

State Requirements

Community Dental Health Coordination oversight and regulations vary by state.  It is the student’s responsibility to verify individual state requirements to practice as a CDHC.  Please visit the American Dental Association CDHC website for more information.

About the Program

Application Process

Students wishing to take part in the Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program must fill out an application online and upload required forms. Open CDHC Checklist to see required forms.

To apply for the CDHC program you must be admitted to Maricopa Community College District as well as Rio Salado College. Follow the directions on the attached instruction document to accomplish this and obtain your MEID and Student ID numbers.
To begin the CDHC program application process, open this link:

For more information, please contact Patricia Price at

Start date Application Due Date
9/3/2019 8/2/2019

Admission Criteria

Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting program activities.

Complete and submit required MCCCD Non-Academic Allied Health Program Policy documents.

Submit current Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Level One fingerprint card AND a supplemental background check.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in the Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Formal application and acceptance into the Community Dental Health Coordination program is required.

Program Prerequisites 0
Students must be a Registered Dental Hygienist or Certified Dental Assistant.
Applicants are required to provide documentation of licensure or certification according to their individual state's dental practice act.

Required Courses 11.5
Course # Course Title Credits
CDH105* Community Oral Health Project Planning 3
CDH110* Oral Health Communication 1
CDH115* Interviewing Skills for Dental Health Advocate 2
CDH130* Dental Health Legal and Ethical Issues 2
CDH240* Dental Care Finance 0.5
CDH245* Community Dental Health Coordinator Internship 3


  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 11.5.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.
  • * indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00