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Dental Hygiene

The UTHSC Dental Hygiene program strives to create a learning environment in which each graduate is instilled with the knowledge, skills and values to provide care to patients, along with a sense of responsibility to self, the community and the profession. The UTHSC Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


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's Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The UT dental hygiene program prepares students through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences to work as licensed dental hygienists.

The UTHSC dental hygiene program is a 2 + 2 program:

*During the second year of the dental hygiene program, students are required to participate in at least one week of a clinical rotation at a UTHSC facility in Union City. Housing accommodations are provided as part of the rotation.


The patients treated by dental hygiene students in the dental hygiene clinics are usually registered patients of the College of Dentistry who are receiving limited or comprehensive dental care through the under-graduate and graduate dental education programs. Most of our patients are recruited from the city of Memphis and the surrounding tri-state area which has a population of well over one million.

The program maintains the College of Dentistry’s primary patient recall system and provides regular ongoing preventative maintenance care in the dental hygiene clinic to a patient base of over 2,700 individuals. In addition to the dental hygiene clinic, students have scheduled clinical rotations to provide preventative services to patients seen in dental specialty clinics. Approximately 60% of all student dental hygiene clinical experiences are provided in UTHSC clinics.

  • Prepare a qualified dental hygienist who will be competent with respect to "Competencies for the Dental Hygienist."
  • Satisfy patients with the quality of student dental hygiene care.
  • The program will participate in community service initiatives.
  • The program will maintain admissions policies to ensure qualified students, with appropriate emphasis on under-represented groups.
  • The program will increase departmental income from external sources.
  • The program will maintain a knowledgeable, productive, and diverse faculty.

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.


Last Published: Apr 28, 2020