Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

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You want a career in the dental field…

one not only with great job prospects, but also one that is rewarding and gives you the opportunity to serve your patients and community.


Program Description

The TWU dental hygiene program is designed for graduates to receive an entry level bachelor of science in dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is a rigorous yet rewarding program. Challenging didactic courses prepare students to put theory into practice in the clinical setting.


Students first complete two years of pre-professional general education, followed by two years of the dental hygiene curriculum. Dental hygiene is a full-time only program which begins officially in a student’s junior year, with the application process open from November-March of the sophomore year. Students entering the program must carry a 2.5 GPA in their prerequisite coursework, and priority is given to students who complete their general educational core at Tennessee Wesleyan.


Career Opportunities

Graduates with a bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene have multiple opportunities to advance their career or pursue further academic training.


Practice Dental Hygiene

The TWU program will you prepare you to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, the state or regional board, and apply for licensure in the state you plan to practice.


Move on to Master’s in Dental Hygiene

Want to continue on to graduate school? Great! A bachelor’s a Dental Hygiene can help you qualify for master’s programs which will provide opportunities for leadership, teaching and more.


Go to Dental School

Decide you want to move on to be a dentist? Terrific! The TWU Dental Hygiene program will prepare you to apply to dental school. Think of it as a pre-professional degree with job options right away!

Application Process


Admission Requirements


Located alongside the dental hygiene academic workspace is our dental clinic. The newly renovated space on the TWU Athens campus provides the opportunity for students to learn through hands-on experience by serving members of the Tennessee Wesleyan and Athens communities.

Clinic Fast Facts:

  • The dental hygiene facility is a newly updated and includes the clinic, lab and classroom
  • The clinic contains 10 operatories and is equipped with chairside computers, intraoral cameras and digital radiography
  • DH students treat patients of all ages from the community in the clinic
  • TWU’s Mobile Dental Unit (MDU) allows students the opportunity to offer patient care at numerous locations including health fairs, schools and senior centers
  • DH Community Health courses engage students with the community through projects and events that bring dental education and awareness to diverse populations

*Statement on COVID-19: Effective 3/17/2020, Dental Hygiene will suspend all clinic visits for a period of three weeks to coincide with the American Dental Association’s recommendation to cancel all non-emergent care. TWU Administration will continue to monitor the ADA, CODA and CDC recommendations during this time.

306 N White St
Athens, TN 37303
(NW corner of College St and White St)

Call for appointment: (423) 252-1475

Clinic Days/Hours:

Fall semester: Monday, Wednesday, Friday- 8:00-5:00

Spring semester: Monday through Friday- 8:00-5:00

Summer session: Tuesday and Thursday- 8:00-5:00

  • Students provide services to all ages from children to adults.
  • Patients are scheduled at either 8:00 or 1:00 for appointments. Because this is an educational facility, apointments may be up to 3 hours in length and patients may require more than one appointment to complete treatment.
  • Please provide at least 24 hours notice for a cancellation. Students are penalized for loss of production due to broken appointments, so please be courteous and give proper notice in order for the student to secure another patient.
  • A dentist is on site to provide examinations and referrals, if necessary.

The TWU Dental Hygiene Program holds full accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.