Skip to Main Content
Menu
Roane State Community CollegeRoane State Community College

Roane State Community College

Masks Recommended IndoorsMasks Recommended IndoorsCOVID-19 Self-ReportCOVID-19 Self-Report
News
  1. RSCC HomeRSCC Home
  2. About Roane State
  3. Public Relations
  4. News
Move Forward. Don't delay your future! Apply now! Register for online or traditional classes.Move Forward. Don't delay your future! Apply now!. Register for online or traditional classes.
Tennessee Reconnect and Promise. Graduating high school seniors can attend tuition-free. Free tuition for adults.Tennessee Reconnect and Promise. Graduating high school seniors can attend tuition-free. Free tuition for adults.
Online degrees available. Choose from seven completely online programs.Online degrees available. Choose from seven completely online programs.

News: Students learn how laws impact practice of dental hygiene

Members of the graduating class from Roane State’s dental hygiene program are pictured with lawmakers during a recent legislative breakfast. From left: Melinda Gill, program director; State Reps. Bob Ramsey and Justin Lafferty, students Courtney Adkins, Nichole Bailey and Emily Kirkland; State Sen. Richard Briggs, students Nicole Charitat, Maria Campos Nuci, Marianne Hitchcox, Sarai Gassler, Alisa O’Brien, Nickie Fraker, MaKenzie Bowers, and Clinic Coordinator Kellye Wilson.

Photo: Members of the graduating class from Roane State’s dental hygiene program are pictured with lawmakers during a recent legislative breakfast. From left: Melinda Gill, program director; State Reps. Bob Ramsey and Justin Lafferty, students Courtney Adkins, Nichole Bailey and Emily Kirkland; State Sen. Richard Briggs, students Nicole Charitat, Maria Campos Nuci, Marianne Hitchcox, Sarai Gassler, Alisa O’Brien, Nickie Fraker, MaKenzie Bowers, and Clinic Coordinator Kellye Wilson.

July 7, 2022

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

Shortly before they graduated, Roane State’s dental hygiene class of 2022 attended a meeting to learn how the legislative process can affect their chosen professions.

The students attended the Legislative Breakfast with lawmakers including U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, state Reps. Justin Lafferty and Bob Ramsey, and state Sen. Richard Briggs. Dr. Briggs is a surgeon and Dr. Ramsey is a dentist. All the lawmakers are Republicans and represent areas of East Tennessee.

Melinda Gill, director of the community college’s Dental Hygiene program, said lawmakers discussed an approved legislative amendment that allows live, interactive webinars to be considered in-person continuing education.

“This became an issue during the initial COVID year when there were no live continuing education hours being offered,” Gill explained.

“We also discussed why a bill was withdrawn for consideration due to the language within it not being clear on what TNDHA (Tennessee Dental Hygienists’ Association) intended,” she said.

“New language is being discussed so that this bill can be presented again in the next legislative calendar year.”

The event “was a wonderful opportunity for the students to see the importance of being an advocate for the practice of dental hygiene and the services that dental hygienists are allowed to provide,” Gill said.

For information on Roane State’s dental hygiene program, visit roanestate.edu/dentalhygiene.

Connect with us

TwitterFacebookInstagramYoutube
© Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity or national origin, sex, disability, age, status as protected veteran or any other class protected by Federal or State laws and regulation and by Tennessee board of Regents policies with respect to employment, programs, and activities.​​​​​​​ View full non-discrimination policy.

Tennessee's Community Colleges

Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998