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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
As the first AAOSH Academic Partner, the University of Tennessee Dental Hygiene Department has approximately 60 students, 6 full time faculty, and 9 adjunct faculty. The CODA accredited program is a year long program (2 years of college prerequisites and 2 years of Dental Hygiene curriculum).
The campus is part of the largest health science center in the Mid-South, providing great potential for access to diverse population groups. Formal agreements have been reached between the university and several local clinics for student clinical rotations outside the program’s primary on campus teaching clinic. Specific learning objectives and experiences have been identified for such rotations.
The Dental Hygiene program was established in 1926, making it among the oldest programs in the country. The program has progressed from a certificate program to an entry-level Bachelor degree program. In 2004 the first online Master of Dental Hygiene program was developed here at UTHSC. The goal of this program is to prepare future dental hygiene educators and administrators.
The Department of Dental Hygiene within the College of Dentistry offers two degree programs, an entry-level Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and an online post-professional Master of Dental Hygiene (currently suspended).
The curriculum in dental hygiene is designed to prepare graduates with a broad based general education; and a level of professional competence necessary for current and future dental hygiene practice. Graduates are prepared to function effectively in a clinical office setting; and also possess advanced knowledge and skills required for careers in teaching, research, public health, and other related areas.