Dental hygiene is classified as a Category I level (high risk) profession for bloodborne pathogens according to OSHA Standards.
Individuals who are involved in the provision of dental hygiene services may be exposed to blood borne pathogens that may result in human disease. Students and faculty members who experience an exposure to potentially infectious materials (needle stick, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin) or airborne inhalation require specific follow-up. An accident insurance fee is assessed to courses where the likelihood of an exposure may occur and a management protocol has been developed.
Students must comply with infection control regulations as listed in the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Rules and Regulations, Rule 108.25:
It is strongly recommended that individuals with any questions regarding the Employment Qualifiers contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at www.tsbde.state.tx.us
For more information on the policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases refer to the current MSU Dental Hygiene Student Handbook/Clinic Manual Section 3.1-1 through 3.2-6 located under Student Resources.
The Dental Hygiene Department requires a copy of your official immunization records. If you are current with the immunizations listed below, once you are accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program please drop off or mail a copy of that record. If you are not current on these immunizations you must become current as dictated by law. Please note that self-declared immunization or immunizations submitted on a questionnaire or medical physical form cannot be utilized.
Once accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program or if you are already a student at MSU please check with the MSU Vinson Health Center to verify your status. Some vaccines are available for a small charge at the Vinson Health Center for faculty, staff and students.
To comply with the Texas Administrative Code '97.61-97.77 all students enrolled in health-related courses that will involve direct patient contact, must be compliant with state-mandated immunizations. The following are State and MSU Dental Hygiene Program requirements.
Students can be considered compliant only if they have documentation of the following:
Students can be considered compliant for Hepatitis B only if they have documentation of BOTH at least one of the following:
NOTE: HEPATITIS B Series MUST be completed prior to direct patient care. Therefore, dental hygiene students MUST have completed the vaccine series by the end of November their first semester in the program. To comply with this state requirement students MUST begin the series no later than October 1ST of the year they begin the program.
Students can be considered compliant for Tetanus/Diphtheria only if they have documentation of the following:
Persons born on or after Jan 1, 1957 can be considered compliant if they have documentation of one of the following:
Students can be considered compliant for Rubella only if they have documentation of one of the following:
Persons born on or after Jan 1, 1957 can be considered compliant only if they have documentation of one of the following:
Students can be considered compliant for Varicella only if they have documentation of the following:
Please Note: Specific wording is required. Forms are available in the Vinson Health Center.
Students can be considered compliant for Tuberculin testing only if they have documentation of at least one of the following (REQUIRED ANNUALLY):