Dental Hygiene

This program prepares dental hygiene students to be primary oral health-care professionals who play a key role in promoting oral health through educational, preventive and therapeutic services. The curriculum consists of general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and dental hygiene sciences all provided within a framework of academic and clinical experience.

An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded upon graduation. Dental hygienists have employment opportunities in general and specialty dental practices and clinics, pharmaceutical and dental supply companies, community health agencies, education and research institutions, and management settings. Dental Hygiene program graduates must pass the online National Board Examination, Regional and/or State Examination, and a state jurisprudence examination to be eligible to apply for state licensure.

Students desiring admission to the program must first meet the basic entrance requirements for Temple College and then apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Enrollment is limited and admission is competitive. Special program admission criteria and procedures are necessary to be accepted into the program.

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Dental Hygiene-BS TWU-Dual Enrollment Program

Texas Woman’s University partnered with Temple College in May 2016 to create an opportunity for students accepted into the Temple College Dental Hygiene Program. Dual enrollment means that students will be taking courses from both institutions in a melded curriculum. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree while simultaneously completing the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the Temple College Dental Hygiene Program.

In order to enroll, students MUST BE ACCEPTED into the Temple College Dental Hygiene Program prior to applying to Texas Woman’s University Bachelor of Science Degree program.  Students must have core curriculum courses, http://templejc.edu/academics/core-curriculum/, completed prior to applying to TWU.  From the core curriculum, the required Temple College math course for the TWU BS program is Math 1442 – Elementary Statistical Methods.  What this means is you would take the required core curriculum courses toward the AAS or AAA degree prior to applying to the Temple College Dental Hygiene Program.

The dual enrollment program is not for everyone. The dual enrollment program with Texas Woman’s University is online and requires a student to be enrolled in 14-16 hours a semester.   The program is a full-time commitment, and it is recommended that you consider not working, if at all possible, and commit all efforts to your dental hygiene education.

The following link will take you to the TWU webpage with additional information on the dual enrollment program, http://www.twu.edu/dental-hygiene/dual-enrollment-dental-hygiene.asp.