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Tennessee College of Allied Health Sciences – Dental Hygiene

The UTHSC Program in Dental Hygiene strives to create a learning environment in which each graduate is instilled with the knowledge, skills and values to provide care to patients, along with a sense of responsibility to self, the community and the profession.

Please contact estegman@uthsc.edu for more information about a bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee

Tennessee Master of Dental Hygiene (MDH) Program

The Master in Dental Hygiene is an advanced degree designed for licensed dental hygienists with baccalaureate degrees who desire to teach. The goal of the professional degree program, Master in Dental Hygiene (MDH), is to attract students from Tennessee as well as nationwide in order to prepare individuals to serve as educators and leaders in the dental hygiene profession. It is expected that this program will attract a wide audience due to the following unique characteristics of the program. The distance learning web-mediated design will allow students to earn a graduate degree from their area of residence while continuing to practice. The flexible curricula design allows for full or part time enrollment.

Program Goals:

  • Prepare educators for faculty positions in entry level dental hygiene programs.
  • Assist in alleviating the national shortage of dental hygiene faculty.
  • Provide graduates with the skills necessary to be successful in leadership positions in education, professional organizations, community health organizations and/or the corporate arena.
  • Add to the body on knowledge of dental hygiene through student, graduate, and faculty generated scholarly activity.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about a Masters in Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee, please e-mail Lynn Russell  at lrusse20@uthsc.edu or call 901-448-6823

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Concorde Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene program at Concorde Career Colleges provides the education and training you need to become a professional in this growing healthcare field. Dental Hygienists provide dental health education, prevent and treat oral disease, promote and encourage the preventive aspects of dental care and assume responsibility for patient care in the dental office. As part of their responsibilities, Dental Hygienists perform certain healthcare assessments, including patient health history reviews, oral cancer screening, dental charting, and taking blood pressure. They expose, process and interpret dental radiographs. Dental Hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from both above and below the gum line and teach patients proper techniques to maintain healthy gums and teeth. They also counsel their patients about the importance of good nutrition.

How long is the program?

Students in our Dental Hygiene program earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in 17 months. However, program length and degree type may vary by campus.

What Skills Will I Learn?

  • Take medical and dental histories
  • Take vital signs
  • Perform extra and intra oral examinations
  • Perform periodontal and dental examinations
  • Perform radiographs
  • Perform risk assessments

Where can I work?

Dental Hygienists are typically employed by general dentists in private practices, group practices and specialty practices.

Wondering About the Details?

We know how important information is to planning your education. We are very happy to discuss our current program details with you personally. You can call us anytime. Just tell your campus representative that you have visited our website and would like information about our program. You can also click the link below for more information about our graduation rates, tuition rates, and other important information. There is even a helpful Career Video. If you have questions about Financial Aid, your representative will refer you to our experienced Financial Aid staff, to help you fund your education.