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 May of each year
If weekend, due following Business Day.
TEAS – 1st Monday in May of each year
Dental Hygienest and patient

Due to current community health guidelines, all Dental Hygiene information sessions will be conducted via WebEx for the 2020-2021 application year. You are required to attend at least one session prior to the 5/3/2021 program application deadline.

Please use the link below to RSVP; you will be emailed a WebEx link to the address you provide on the day before your requested information session. After being placed in a waiting room, you will be admitted to the meeting by the program director. Please be prompt as late access will not be granted.  Click here to RSVP to an Information Session

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.

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 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.

Success Rates

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%

Employment Opportunities: 
  • 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
  • Research
  • Sales representative of dental products
  • Hospital and nursing homes
  • Government employment