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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. This program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The UT dental hygiene program prepares students through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experience to function as licensed dental hygienists. It is a 2 plus 2 program: two years of prerequisites and two years at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.
Most dental hygienists practice in private dental offices where they provide a wide range of preventative dental services, including periodontal examination, scaling and debridement, radiography, dental sealants, constructing bleaching trays, and providing oral hygiene instructions for patients with special needs.
An individual considering a career in dental hygiene should be able to perform work that requires precision and sound judgment. Manual dexterity, dependability, and good vision are also important characteristics. Functioning under time and patient management constraints is often encountered.
Additionally, students will be expected to comply with a variety of clinical and workplace rules and regulations related to successful and safe clinical practice. Minimum requirements for becoming a Dental Hygienist include satisfactory completion of 58 hours of pre-professional college work, including certain prescribed courses.
A GPA of 2.5 is the minimum required for application to the program; however, a 3.0 or higher in prerequisite courses is considered competitive.
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
The Department of Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
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