Promote dental health

Working directly with patients, dental hygienists show people how to take proper care of their oral health. They clean and polish teeth and take X-rays and molds. They also perform some administrative duties, such as recording patients’ dental histories and updating charts.

Start your career today in a field that has competitive salaries and flexible schedules.

Program Details

In TSTC’s Dental Hygiene program, you will receive training on assessing the oral cavity and people’s teeth. You’ll also learn to take X-rays and perform basic oral health screenings. Students will provide patient education on oral hygiene, tobacco cessation, nutritional status, and overall oral and systemic health. Students will develop the skills needed to provide preventive dental care to the public and attend clinical rotations on campus and off-campus in their last semester. That’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Requirements to enter the Dental Hygiene program differ from those of other programs; be sure to read the program requirements before enrolling.

Because this program will prepare you for an occupational license, click here to read additional information about HB1508 Occupational License Eligibility.

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Additional Accreditation

TSTC’s Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene is the only dental hygiene program south of Corpus Christi that is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611.

The Commission’s web address is:

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The Dental Hygiene program at TSTC prepares students for the industry of preventative dentistry with a well-rounded curriculum that includes preventative dental hygiene, pharmacology, periodontology, pathology, dental nutrition and more. Dental Hygiene students at TSTC are able to fulfill their clinical experiences at a beautiful, state-of-the-art dental clinic on campus. The students utilize the 14-chair clinic to receive over 600 hours of instruction in a 1-faculty-to-5-student ratio. External clinical experiences also allow a wide variety of patient treatment. Graduates of the program are well prepared to successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Board and the Western Regional Board Examination, as well as the Texas Jurisprudence Examination for licensure.

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Dental Hygiene
AAS Associate of Applied Science
Dental Hygiene Information Sessions are at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Eddie Lucio Building.
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