Dental Hygiene - BS

The Caruth School of Dental Hygiene is dedicated to delivering the most innovative techniques for educating future dental hygienists, as well as provide respectful public clinical services with the utmost integrity and ethical standards.  Caruth fosters a sense of community, embraces a diverse group of students and faculty, and supports personal growth.  Caruth School of Dental Hygiene is committed to being a national leader in dental hygiene education and with that our school takes pride in the students who choose to maintain a high level of diligence, are dedicated, and achieve success within our program. 

The goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are:

  • The curricular program will support student competency and prepare them for dental hygiene practice.
  • The Dental Hygiene program facilitates student learning.
  • The Dental Hygiene faculty will demonstrate participation in teaching, service and scholarly activity.
  • The Dental Hygiene students will provide quality care to patients.

Dental hygiene offers an excellent opportunity to serve the community. The services of a dental hygienist are offered in private dental practices and clinics, public health agencies, school systems, hospitals, nursing homes and corporate health facilities. Dental hygienists also teach in dental and dental hygiene programs and participate in health research. The baccalaureate degree offered through the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene by Texas A&M University College of Dentistry satisfies the educational requirement for eligibility for state licensure. Graduates are provided with diverse experiences to prepare for a variety of employment settings and to pursue graduate education.

Registered dental hygienists assess a patient's oral condition in order to offer patient-specific preventive and educational services. In addition to providing tailored treatment plans, dental hygienists motivate their patients to understand and improve their current oral conditions. A major role of a dental hygienist is to perform periodontal therapy which includes evaluating the current state of the oral cavity through periodontal charting and providing treatment based upon the health of the gingival tissues and surrounding periodontium.

Dental Hygiene is an exciting career choice for anyone interested in promoting oral health. A dental hygienist is a licensed preventive oral health professional who provides educational, clinical and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

This program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approved 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 60611-2678.  The Commission's web address is http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

The length of the program is two years. Application deadline is January 5 of the year of anticipated entrance into the program with a start term in the Fall. 

The BS in Dental Hygiene is offered in Dallas, Texas.

Coursework totaling 60 semester credit hours, including core courses for BS degree.

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
DDHS 3110 Introduction To Dentistry 1
DDHS 3120 Dental Anatomy 2
DDHS 3160 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 6
DDHS 3220 Oral Radiology
DDHS 3250 Biomedical Sciences I 5
DDHS 3425 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2.5
 Semester Credit Hours16.5
Spring
DDHS 3020 Theory of Dental Hygiene Practice I 2
DDHS 3220 Oral Radiology 2
DDHS 3340 Biomedical Sciences II 4
DDHS 3310 Health Education and Behavioral Science 1
DDHS 3410 Introduction to Pathology 1
DDHS 3325 Microbiology 2.5
DDHS 3530 Applied Dental Materials 3
DDHS 3830 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3
 Semester Credit Hours18.5
Summer
DDHS 4110 Medical Emergencies 1
DDHS 4220 Comprehensive Care Seminar 1 2
DDHS 4310 Oral Radiography 1 1
DDHS 4510 Pediatric Dentistry 1
DDHS 4820 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2
 Semester Credit Hours7
Fourth Year
Fall
DDHS 4015 Pharmacology 1.5
DDHS 4025 Oral Pathology 2.5
DDHS 4110 Medical Emergencies 1
DDHS 4140 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DDHS 4210 Professional Ethics 1
DDHS 4220 Comprehensive Care Seminar
DDHS 4310 Oral Radiography (continued) 1
DDHS 4410 Gerontology 1
DDHS 4530 Public and Community Health
DDHS 4610 Periodontics 1
DDHS 4620 Theory of Dental Hygiene Practice II 2
DDHS 4715 Research Methods 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours14.5
Spring
DDHS 4010 National Board Review 1
DDHS 4220 Comprehensive Care Seminar
DDHS 4240 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
DDHS 4310 Oral Radiography (continued) 1
DDHS 4320 Perspectives in Dental Hygiene 2
DDHS 4530 Public and Community Health 3
DDHS 4710 Applied Research Methods 1
DDHS 4810 Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation 1
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours68.5