Tyler Junior College

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene (BS)

Take the next step in your career by earning your Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree from TJC. Our program integrates dental hygiene, public health, education and management courses with the completion of your general education core.

A career in dental hygiene offers multiple career opportunities in a variety of settings. In addition to advancing your dental hygienist skills, our program provides you the liberal arts foundation to pursue additional career opportunities in education, research, administration, clinician and public health. With state-of-the-art facilities and excellent, caring faculty we guide you through this next education step in your career.

The TJC dental hygiene degree completion curriculum leads to a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Enrollment is limited to accepted applicants.

Application Period: July 8-August 12

All documents must be submitted by the Aug 12th deadline in order to be considered for first come – first serve placement.

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Requirements for Admission

Those applying for the program must:
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have graduated with an associate’s degree from a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Have active licensure as a dental hygienist.

Degree Requirements

  • Applicants will have the option of enrolling in either a one year or two year degree completion plan.
  • Completion of the core curriculum is required prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree at TJC. Please review core curriculum requirements.
  • In the final semester, students must commit to a practicum experience based on career interest.
  • Completion of a total of 120 credit hours is required for the bachelor’s degree. Elective courses and/or core courses may include coursework previously taken for the entry level dental hygiene associate degree program.
  • A student must earn a C or higher in all dental hygiene courses.

TJC is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

This hybrid program offers an opportunity for licensed dental hygienists to further their education beyond the associate degree level. Students in the BSDH degree completion program can anticipate a rewarding experience that develops and enhances skills in critical thinking, research, public health and education as they relate to the dental hygiene profession.

Curriculum

One-year
Credit Hours
Fall
DHYG 3300 Cultural Competence in Oral Health Care 3
DHYG 3320 Dental Hygiene Educational Concepts 3
DHYG 3330 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice* 3
DHYG 4310 Grant Writing Strategies for Oral Health Projects 3
Spring
DHYG 3310 Advanced Dental Health Care Ethics
DHYG 4300 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene 3
DHYG 4220 Dental Hygiene Case Development** 2
DHYG 4430 Dental Hygiene Practicum*** 4
Summer
DHYG 4350 Interprofessional Collaboration 3
DHYG 4360 Current Issues in Periodontics 3


Two-year
Credit Hours
Fall
DHYG 3300 Cultural Competence in Oral Health Care 3
DHYG 4310 Grant Writing Strategies for Oral Health Projects 3
Spring
DHYG 3310 Advanced Dental Health Care Ethics 3
DHYG 4300 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene 3
Summer
DHYG 4350 Interprofessional Collaboration 3
DHYG 4360 Current Issues in Periodontics 3
Fall

DHYG 3320 Dental Hygiene Educational Concepts 3
DHYG 3330 Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Practice* 3
Spring
DHYG 4220 Dental Hygiene Case Development** 2
DHYG 4430 Dental Hygiene Practicum*** 4

* MATH 1342
** DHYG 3330
*** DHYG 3330 and 3320