Tyler Junior College

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases, both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities, and must take written and clinical exams before they are allowed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists also work as educators, researchers, and administrators.

Graduates who successfully pass the Dental Hygiene National Board examination and regional and/or state licensing exams are eligible to apply for licensure in states where they plan to practice.


The Tyler Junior College Department of Dental Hygiene is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation under the following status: "approval without reporting requirements". The next site visit for the program is scheduled for 2016.  See our related downloads for accreditation paperwork.

The Tyler Junior College (TJC) full-time curriculum in Dental Hygiene

  • Leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Begins in the summer session of each year.
  • Enrollment is limited to accepted applicants.
  • Holds full accreditation from the American Dental Association.

Degree Plans

Related Downloads

  • Admission guidelines
  • Dental Hygiene student handbook
  • Pre-Admission Observation Form
  • Worksheet
  • CODA Posting Form for Policy on 3rd Party Comments


Carrie Hobbs, R.D.H., M.Ed.
Department Chair
chob@tjc.edu | 903-510-2341
Stacey Norrell, R.D.H., B.A.A.S.
DH1 Clinic Coordinator
snor@tjc.edu | 903-510-2344
Julie Mettlen, R.D.H., M.S.
jmet@tjc.edu | 903-510-2509
Amanda Richardson, R.D.H., B.S.D.H.
DH2 Clinic Coordinator
aric@tjc.edu  | 903-510-2117
Kateri Klesyk, R.D.H., M.S.D.H.
kkle@tjc.edu | 903-510-2510
Melissa Kravetz, R.D.H., B.S.D.H.
mkra@tjc.edu | 903-510-2341
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/dental

Dental Hygiene Contact Information

Carrie Hobbs
Department Chair
Office: Pirtle T-116

Email: chob@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2341

Advising contact: 903-510-2662