Dental Hygiene A.A.S.

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Program Director: 
Angie Maida
Office: 
HSC 2027
Phone: 
(423) 697.4489
Fax: 
(423) 493.8771

Deadline Dates

Program - 1st Monday in February of each year
TEAS – February 5, 2018
Dental Hygienest and patient

A dental hygienist is an oral health professional who is 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, periodontal debridement, 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. Many dental practices require some chair side or business office duties. Frequent patient visits afford the dental hygienist the opportunity to instruct patients in proper oral hygiene techniques to practice at home and work. An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded after successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Dental Clinic Services

Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
(A specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation by the United States Department of Education)
211 East Chicago Av.,
Chicago, IL 60641-2678
(312) 440-2500
FAX (312) 440-7494 CODA
http://www.ada.org/115.aspx

Mission

The Dental Hygiene program prepares the dental hygiene student to become a competent, contributing member of the dental care team.

Licensure

The license issued to practice dental hygiene is granted by the Board of Dentistry of the state in which the dental hygienist wants to practice. A written national board and a clinical board must be completed successfully. A CBC is also required by the state of Tennessee for licensure.

Success Rates

Completion rate – 2016 - 95%
NB licensure pass rate - 2017 - 100%
Job placement rate - 2016 - 100%
Clinical board pass rate – 2017 - 100%

Employment Opportunities: 
  • Private practice—general, group, specialty
  • Health departments or associated institutions
  • Teaching—dental, dental hygiene or dental assisting
  • Schools, school systems, continuing education seminars
  • Pediatric, geriatric or special needs centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Dental claims departments of insurance companies
  • Sales representative of dental products
  • Hospital and nursing homes
  • Government employment