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 images, 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. Board examinations are required for licensure and licensure requirements vary from state-to-state.
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
FAX (312) 440-7494 CODA
The Dental Hygiene program prepares the dental hygiene student to become a competent, contributing member of the dental care team.
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 comptuerized national and a clinical board must be completed successfully prior to licensure application. A Criminal Background Check (CBC) is also required by the state of Tennessee for licensure.
Completion rate – 2019 - 90%
NB licensure pass rate 1st attempt - 2019 - 100%
Job placement rate - 2019 - 100%
Clinical board pass rate 1st attempt – 2019 - 100%
- Private practice—general, group, specialty
- Health departments or associated institutions
- Teaching— 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