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The Dental Hygiene Program includes a background of general studies, dental science, and clinical skills with which the student becomes a proficient provider of oral health care while working under the supervision of a dentist.

The goals of the Dental Hygiene Technology (DHT) program are:

  1. Provide the didactic and clinical instruction that prepares students for the practice of dental hygiene.
  2. Provide students with the skills to effectively interact with dental and other health care providers.
  3. Encourage students to commit to lifelong learning.
  4. Provide necessary skills that prepare students to become effective members of the dental health team.
  5. Encourage students to assume active leadership roles in community and professional organizations.
  6. Provide quality patient centered dental hygiene treatment.

In addition to the special admission policies for Allied Health Sciences programs, the Dental Hygiene Program utilizes the following factors in ranking and acceptance of applicants:

  1. The number of required course hours completed in the DHT Degree Plan
  2. The student’s grades for required science courses completed
  3. Work experience in the field of Dentistry
  4. Registry/Certification in Dental Assisting
  5. GPA in the DHT degree plan
  6. Results of a personal interview and writing sample. Interviews will be granted only to the top twenty selected applicants who have met the minimum requirements for admission to the program.
  7. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

All DHT courses must be taken in sequence. All required science courses must be taken in the semester as listed if applicant is admitted to the program OR any of the courses may be completed prior to the beginning of the program in August. Admission to the DHT program is required prior to enrolling in any DHT courses.  All DHT courses are taught on the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

1st Fall   Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I1 4
MATH   Choose from:  1130, 1530 or a higher content level MATH course
MATH 1530 Recommended
3
    TERM TOTAL 13
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
  Dec Complete AHS application  
1st Spring   Hours
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemical Principles1 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II2 4
    Humanities Elective
PHIL 1030 Recommended
3
    Social/Behavioral Science Elective
SOCI 1010 Recommended
3
    TERM TOTAL 14
Action Items    
  Jan Complete FAFSA  
  Feb Submit supplemental admission documents by program deadline  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
    TERM TOTAL 4
2nd Fall   Hours
DHT 101 Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene 5
DHT 111 Dental Science I 3
DHT 132 Dental Radiography 3
    TERM TOTAL 11
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Sping   Hours
DHT 112 Dental Science II 3
DHT 121 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1
DHT 141 Principles of Dental Hygiene I 3
DHT 161 Biochemistry and Nutrition

3

    TERM TOTAL 10
Action Items    
  Jan Complete FAFSA  
  Mar Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
2nd Summer   Hours
DHT 133 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHT 171 Dental Materials 3
    TERM TOTAL 6
3rd Fall   Hours
DHT 201 Pharmacology and Pain Control 4
DHT 221 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2
DHT 240 Principles of Dental Hygiene II 2
DHT 251 Periodontology 3
    TERM TOTAL 11
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Intent to Graduate with Faculty Advisor  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term
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3rd Spring   Hours
DHT 211 Dental Hygiene Seminar 2
DHT 212 Community Health 3
DHT 222 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
DHT 242 Principles of Dental Hygiene III 2
    TERM TOTAL 9
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)  
  Mar Begin job search with RaiderRecruit  
    TOTAL HOURS 78

1BIOL 2010 and CHEM 1010 must be taken by fall semester of the first year.
2BIOL 2020 must be taken by spring of the first year.

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.

Program Application Deadline: February 28

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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