Program Overview

East Tennessee State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree for students interested in dental studies. The program is available to students who have earned an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree and want to expand their options and career choices in their chosen profession. 

The program is available entirely online, for the convenience of students who are unable to meet the rigors and expectations of an in-person classroom schedule. Online classes and curriculum allow students to attend classes wherever is convenient, allowing them to seek higher education without sacrificing their professional or personal schedules in order to do so.

Students in the program will gain expertise in current approaches to support periodontal care and therapy and soft tissue management. They will learn how to meet the need of geriatric patients, children, and other underserved populations who require specialized education. Students will learn about program design implementation and evaluation, pain management, teaching strategies for health professionals and the skills needed to build a dental practice. The program is research and writing based, developing knowledge through oral and written communication as well as developing technology skills that will benefit them as practitioners.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Eligible hygienists must have earned an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited US or Canadian institution.

    School Overview

    East Tennessee State University is a four-year public institution of higher education located in Johnson City, Tennessee. Students at ETSU can earn their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Founded in 1911 as the East Tennessee State Normal School and its original purpose was to be a training school for teachers. Over the next few decades the college began to expand its degree offerings and areas of specialization.

    ETSU offers a variety of degree programs. Some of the most popular degrees at ETSU are business, health sciences, education and liberal arts.


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