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Class Schedules

They are specific to the location of the classes and the type of class, please refer to the course handbook for more information on class schedule.

Criteria for Graduation

Students must pass two written exams, the Mid-Term and the Final, weekly quizzes, weekly competency work and the Internship as listed above to graduate.

Each student must receive a score of 80% or higher on each of the Mid-Term and Final Exams to Pass this course. Scores of 79% or lower on Mid-Term or Final Exams will result in failure of this course. Weekly quizzes from the workbook and in the lab will be graded and will count 10% of the overall grade for the class. Competency work will be evaluated weekly on a pass/fail basis. In the event that a student should fail a practical lab they will have the once chance to retake and pass. There is no retake on the Final Practical Exam which is given week 12. Student’s must complete 40 hours of internship and receive an evaluation of Pass to pass either course. An evaluation of failure from the internship requirement will result in failure of either course as well. Upon graduation students will be awarded a certificate of completion to denote their achievement. The grading is as follows: Midterm and Final Exam=80%, Practical 10%,  Weekly quizzes=10%.

Student’s progress will be evaluated by weekly quizzes with questions coming from the homework, and evaluation of competency labs. Students will receive a Progress Report every two weeks, which will include current status of Pass or Fail and course of action to improve in the case of failure. If the student has not made satisfactory progress  by the next progress report (two weeks) then they will receive a notification to be dropped from that course session and allowed to retake the course starting at the next session. Failure to attend the next session will result in an automatic F for the course. In the event that a student should fail the Mid-Term exam they will have one chance to retake it. All retakes must be taken within two weeks of failed exam or competency and retake scores are used to determine pass or fail. Final exam and Practical exam cannot be retaken in the event of failure.

Each student must receive/attend;

*Weekly Quizzes/Lab work   80% or higher (cumulative)

*Mid-Term Exam (written)     80% or higher (one re-take)

*Final Exam (written)   80% or higher (no re-take)

*Practical Exam    80% or higher (no re-take)

*Internship       Pass/Fail

*Attendance    96 hours Lecture with Lab/40 hour internship

Admission Policy

Applicants must either be a high school diploma or equivalent credential, to be admitted into either course. Applicants must pay a $75.00 application fee upon application. Class size is limited to 20 – 24 students per session depending on the specific class; therefore students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis. To Apply: Applicants can obtain an application form from Tija Hunter, 7766 Winghaven Blvd, O’Fallon MO  63368, or from our web site. Applications must be submitted with $75.00 application fee to the address above, no later than 3 days before the start of the next class. . If submitted less than 3 days prior to the start of the session and there is sufficient room to allow the student in, the student will be admitted. If class size is full, then the student will be allowed to start at the next session date.

Tuition

Each class is different and the fees are laid out in the handbook.  Tuition will cover:  Instructional materials, Text books with workbooks, Printed information / handouts, Supplies and materials, Tuition, and Application fee.

Refund Policy

Students must give written notice of cancellation including name, date and reason for cancellation to:

Tija Hunter, Director
7766 Winghaven Blvd.,
O’Fallon, MO 63368

When a notice of cancellation is given within 3 days after the date that enrollment agreement is signed (not including Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays) all application-registration fees, tuition, and any other charges (full refund) shall be refunded to the student. When notice of cancellation is given after the 3rdday ( not including Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays) following enrollment but prior to the close of business on the student’s first day of class attendance, the school may retain no more than the application-registration fee which may not exceed $75.00.   When notice of cancellation is given after the student’s completion of the first day of class attendance, the school may retain the application-registration fee, plus the cost of any books or materials, and cost of the uniform which have been provided by the school. Tuition will be reimbursed at the schedule below.

Refund Policy: Refunds will be given according to the following schedule:

10% complete—90% refund
20% complete—80% refund
30% complete—70% refund
40% complete—50% refund
50% complete—40% refund
51% or more complete—no refund is given

Termination or Withdrawal

Any student may withdraw in person or in writing. Withdrawal from the program should be directed to Tija Hunter, Director. Students who discontinue training for any reason are required to have an exit interview with the Director.  Exit interviews are not mandatory, but recommended.

Absence and Tardiness Policy

Class is from 8am to 5pm Saturdays with a one hour scheduled lunch.
Students must make up any missed class time the following week.  If a student misses two or more classes the student will automatically be withdrawn from the class.  The student can choose to finish the program the following session or the student can be issued a refund based on the criteria of the of the refund policy.  Half days count as whole days. Tardiness will not be tolerated for the respect of all students. If a student is later than 15 minutes the student must contact the director immediately.  Exceptions will be given only to sever illness or death in the family.  If a student fails and is removed from that session, or has gotten ill and can’t continue with the remainder of the session, they will be allowed to attend the next session of class at no charge.

Rules of Conduct and Appearance

Dress will be specific to the course you are taking and can be found in the course handbook.  Students must not eat, drink smoke or chew gum during class instruction. Students must not be disruptive during class time or interfere with the instruction of other students. Failure to follow these requirements for conduct and appearance are grounds for dismissal. Students caught cheating on exams will NOT graduate this course and receive a grade of F on the final. We will not tolerate cheating of any kind.

Grievances

If a student has an incident to treatment received or an objection about their education, they must submit that in writing to the instructor within three days from the day of the incident. The instructor will then answer that appeal with in three days of receiving that letter. If the student is not satisfied with the instructors decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Director. The Director will then have five days to resolve the situation with the student. This procedure must be done by the student only. No petition by more than one student or group of students will be considered as an official appeal. Students not satisfied with The Dental Career Institute’s grievance policy may pursue further resolution of complaints through the following agency.

For Missouri:

Coordinating Board of Higher Education
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO  65102

For Kentucky:

Kentucky State Board For Proprietary Education
911 Leawood Drive
Frankfort, KY  40601

For Hawaii:

Hawaii State Department of Education
1390 Miller Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Non Discrimination Policy Statement

The Dental Career Institute is committed to equal opportunity for education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status (as defined under the Immigration Reform and Control Act), disability, or veteran’s status.

Transfer of Credits

The Dental Careers Institute does not accept transfer of credits from another institution nor can students transfer credits to another institution from here.

Student Services

Students will receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and a letter of recommendation. Students can obtain additional copies of certificates, transcripts, or recommendation letters for $10.00 each. Students must make a written request including their name, the address where the documents should be sent, which documents and quantity with an enclosed check for the appropriate amount. The request must be addressed and checks payable to:

The Dental Careers Institute
7766 Winghaven Blvd.
O’Fallon, MO  63368