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Dental Hygiene

Health Science career cluster

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (68 semester credit hours)
  • Full program is offered at: Northeast Campus

Program Options

Degree

Role of the Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases to protect teeth and gums and on protecting patients' total health. Duties are physically demanding.

For details: Dental Hygienist, from the American Dental Association (ADA)

Our Mission

To provide quality entry-level dental hygiene education in an advanced technological, humanistic, cost-effective atmosphere that meets the oral health needs of a diverse community.

Our Goals

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Goal 1: Be academically proficient at entry level to perform the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
    • Specifically, the program will provide didactic knowledge through the TCC Dental Hygiene Curriculum.
  • Goal 2: Be clinically proficient at entry level to perform the functions delegated to the dental hygienist.
    • Specifically, the program will provide an evidenced-based approach in the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.
  • Goal 3: Pursue life-long professional growth and development.
    • Specifically, the program will encourage, support and mentor opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Goal 4: Exhibit ethical behavior in workplace relationships and settings.
    • Specifically, the program will provide a framework for ethical growth.
  • Goal 5: Promote health in diverse populations.
    • Specifically, the program will provide the knowledge and skills to serve all persons.
  • Goal 6: Faculty and administration will jointly support a program of excellence.

Specifically, the program will continually strive to provide the most relevant learning environment.

Accreditation

Our Dental Hygiene Program has been granted the accreditation status of approval with reporting requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA), based on the 2017 Program review. The next Program site visit by the Commission is scheduled for 2024.

The ADA CODA will accept comments from students and patients about our Program. All comments submitted must pertain to the standards relative to the Program or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process.

A copy of the Dental Hygiene Educational Standards, the Commission's policies and procedures used in the accreditation process, and the policy on third party comments are available for review. You may contact the Commission:

American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
1-800-621-8099 ext. 4653 or 1-312-440-2500

Note About Program Policies

Individuals who provide dental hygiene services may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens that may result in human disease.

If you are a student or faculty member who experiences an exposure to potentially infectious materials (needle stick, mucous membrane or non-intact skin) or airborne inhalation, you will require specific follow-up.

As a student in the dental hygiene program, you are required to have health insurance to cover the costs of tests and treatment should you have an exposure incident.

For more information on the policies on blood-borne and infectious diseases: Policy on Blood-borne Infectious Diseases.

 

Contact

Northeast Campus

Health Sciences Department
Building NHSC, Room 1131
828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
817-515-6435
817-515-6054
health.sciences@tccd.edu

Updated November 28, 2017