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Nursing & Allied Health

Dental Hygiene

A dental hygienist is an oral health professional trained to provide comprehensive preventive dental health services to the public. Included in these services are examination of oral and facial structures, removing stains and deposits from the teeth, root planning, exposing and processing dental radiographs, applying decay-preventive agents and preparing clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests used by the dentist to provide quality patient care.


The Chattanooga State dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation-C.O.D.A. of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation of the U. S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities:

  • Private practice - general, group, specialty
  • Health departments or associated institutions
  • Teaching - dental, dental hygiene, or dental assisting programs
  • Schools, school systems, continuing education seminars
  • Pediatric, geriatric or special needs careers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Dental claims departments of insurance companies
  • Sales representative of dental preventive and clinical products
  • Hospital and nursing homes
  • Various Government Dental Health systems

Program Packet

The program packet contains checklists, an admission application form, and all of the other materials needed to apply for program admission to your chosen program of study.

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Program Brochure

Program brochures provide detailed information about the program of study such as admission requirements, checklists, cost, required courses, career opportunities and more.

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