As the state’s population grows and the average age of its residents increases, more demands are being placed on existing health service providers to satisfy clients’ needs. One health service area in need of additional support is dental services. With an aging population and increased emphasis being placed on preventive dentistry, the skills of dental hygienists are increasingly needed.
This program is accredited by the American Dental Association.
The dental hygiene program follows the TSTC health professions program grading scale. The student must maintain a numerical average of 78 or better in each required major course to receive the AAS degree.
In addition to the admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information," all applicants are required to take the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test. Applicants will be notified of testing dates. Program applications may be obtained from the dental hygiene program and are due March 1st.
Clinical Entry Requirements
Before enrolling in clinical courses, a student must have on file with the department the following materials:
• Results of prescribed physical examination.
• Proof of required immunizations.
• Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million, health and accident insurance and needlestick insurance (available through TSTC)