Best Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Tennessee 2021

Dental hygienists are required to be licensed in the state where they practice. Students must graduate from an accredited dental hygienist program and pass both a written and clinical examination to receive a dental hygienist certificate. A dental hygienist works closely with dentists and dental assistants. They prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret; remove tartar, stains and plaque from teeth; examine the gums and teeth to look for disease or oral abnormalities; and take x-rays and apply fluoride. Dental hygienists also educate dental patients on how to obtain and maintain excellent oral hygiene by showing them how to floss and brush correctly.

Oral radiology, dental materials, oral histology, oral biology, clinical techniques, clinical dental hygiene, nutrition, and head and neck anatomy are just a few courses that will prepare students to enter the field of dentistry. An associate degree will get you in the field, but a bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for individuals who want to enter research, teaching, or clinical practice in public health programs or in schools. There were more than 180,000 practicing dental hygienists in 2010, and the job outlook is expected to grow 38 percent by 2020.

Best Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Tennessee for 2021

Tennessee State University offers 2 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 30 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 27 Associate's degrees, and 3 Bachelor's degrees.

East Tennessee State University offers 1 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 49 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 49 Bachelor's degrees.

Southern Adventist University offers 1 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 4 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 4 Associate's degrees.

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List of all Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Tennessee

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Logo The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN
3/5
10 : 1 3,252
Tennessee State University Logo Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
3/5
25 : 1 8,081
Remington College-Nashville Campus Logo Remington College-Nashville Campus Nashville, TN
3/5
25 : 1 275
Concorde Career College-Memphis Logo Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis, TN   37 : 1 1,312
East Tennessee State University Logo East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
3/5
23 : 1 14,191
Chattanooga State Community College Logo Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
2/5
33 : 1 8,050
Roane State Community College Logo Roane State Community College Harriman, TN
2/5
51 : 1 5,861
Southern Adventist University Logo Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
4/5
20 : 1 2,834

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