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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.

This first group of classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

BIOL 2010, 2020 Anatomy and Physiology I1 & II2 4, 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
CHEM 1010 Intro to Chemistry1 4
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
MATH 1130 or higher College Algebra3 3
PSYC   Psychology Elective 3
SOCI   Sociology Elective 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Group Total 31
First  Year    
DHT 101 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 5
DHT 111, 112 Dental Science I, II 3, 3
DHT 121 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1
DHT 132 Dental Radiography 3
DHT 133 General & Oral Pathology 4
DHT 141 Principles of Dental Hygiene I 3
DHT 161 Biochemistry & Nutrition 3
DHT 171 Dental Materials 3
    First Year Total 28
Second Year    
DHT 201 Pharmacology & Pain Control 3
DHT 211 Dental Hygiene Seminar: Ethics and Jurisprudence 2
DHT 212 Community Dental Health 3
DHT 221, 222 Clinical Dental Hygiene II, III 2,2
DHT 240, 242 Principles of Dental Hygiene II, III 2, 2
DHT 251 Periodontology 3
    Second Year Total 19
    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.
3Higher level math course may be substituted.

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 field 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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