The mission of Tennessee Wesleyan Dental Hygiene is to be a center of excellence where clinically exceptional dental hygienists who are knowledgeable, thorough, confident, compassionate, ethical, and active within the professional community are born. We strive to foster a sense of pride, integrity, curiosity, and benevolence in all students by providing experiences that are consistent with these goals. Through the unified efforts of the entire dental hygiene department, students are encouraged to become future leaders within the dental hygiene community.
The dental hygiene (DH) curriculum is competency-based clinically. The student must maintain satisfactory clinical performance and at least 75 percent in each DH course. Any grade below a 74.4 is recorded as an F. Upon the successful completion of the dental hygiene program with a GPA of 2.5 or better, the student will be awarded the degree Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. Students then take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, the state or regional board, and apply for licensure in the state where they intend to practice. Graduation from the dental hygiene program and receipt of the degree do not guarantee the student will successfully pass the national board and/or state/regional board.
- The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in applying ethical, legal and regulatory concepts in the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
- The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in critical thinking and problem solving related to comprehensive care and management of patients.
- The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
- The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community-based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in providing oral health care to individuals at all stages of life and for all periodontal classifications.
- The dental hygiene graduate will demonstrate competent knowledge and self-assessment skills necessary for life-long learning.
In addition to the rigorous curriculum and patient experiences in the on-campus clinic, the dental hygiene programt at Tennessee Wesleyan University offers students multiple opportunities to engage in service learning. Partnerships with community organizations in conjunction with our mobile dental unit allow students to link theory to practice by participating in free dental clinics, health fairs and community service projects. Senior dental hygiene students prepare for practice upon graduation by working with affiliates in specialized areas of dentistry such as pedodontics, periodontics and public health.
The TWU dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval 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.