Dental Hygienist Schools in Dallas, TX with Degree Program Info

Research dental hygiene programs in Dallas, TX, which currently has four colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 40 miles of downtown Dallas and decide which program is right for you.

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Dallas, TX, Dental Hygiene Schools

Schools in Dallas offer associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees for students who are seeking licensure or for dental hygienists who hope to advance in the field. This article explores three schools that are 45 minutes or less from the downtown area. It also contains a table of pertinent information, such as tuition and enrollment, that students can use to decide on a school. At the end of the article are a few facts about one other Dallas-area schools with a dental hygiene program.

  • Students who lack the time or the budget for four years of study can complete an associate's degree program at Collin College's McKinney campus, approximately 34 miles from downtown Dallas.
  • Located just two miles from downtown, the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene is part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Baylor College of Dentistry and offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • About 39 miles northwest of Dallas, Texas Woman's University offers a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene with a special track for students who hold associate's degrees in dental hygiene.

Collin College

The dental hygiene program at Collin College calls for classroom study and clinical practice. Admission is selective, and students must meet academic standards, submit references and an essay as well as pass physical and background checks.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

It takes four semesters and 72 credit hours to complete the AAS in Dental Hygiene degree program at Collin College. Students must take a chemistry course and two courses in anatomy and physiology prior to entering the program. They learn about orofacial anatomy, nutrition, dental materials and preventive dental care. Other courses include periodontology, oral pathology and dental radiology. Supervised clinical practice begins in the second semester of study and is required each semester thereafter.

TAMHSC Baylor College of Dentistry

The bachelor's program offered by the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene trains graduates for clinical practice in a variety of settings. The master's program is for students who want to become educators or administrators.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

After completing general education courses, students enter the dental hygiene program in their junior year and learn through classroom work, labs and clinical experience. During their two years of dental hygiene study, courses include dental anatomy, microbiology, oral radiology and periodontics. Under supervision, students will work with patients to develop their skills.

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

The MS in Dental Hygiene is a 37-credit-hour program that usually takes two years to complete. A bachelor's degree in dental hygiene is required for admission. Students who choose the administration track prepare for leadership positions in health care institutions and organization. A thesis is optional. The education track, which requires a thesis, trains graduates to teach in a college dental hygiene program.

Texas Woman's University

At Texas Woman's University, students train through classroom courses, lab work and clinical experiences. The admission process is competitive, and students must complete a pre-dental hygiene program.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

During their first two years of study, dental hygiene students enroll in prerequisite courses including English composition, Texas history, anatomy, nutrition and microbiology. It is recommended that they take a course in Spanish, also. They complete the four-year, 120-hour dental hygiene program by taking courses such as oral radiology, ethics and dental materials. Clinical work is required in the final three semesters. Dental hygienists who hold an associate's degree can earn a bachelor's degree through an online RDH to BSDH program. They must complete Texas core curriculum requirements, and there is a one-day-a-week practicum requirement for one semester.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers a concise look at important data for each school. Prospective students can use it to weigh their options.

Collin College TAMHSC Baylor College of Dentistry Texas Woman's University
School Type Two-year; public Four-year; public Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 27,593* 1,896* 14,718*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2011-2012 $1,024 in-district; $2,044 in-state; $3,694 out-of-state* $3,958 in-state; $14,808 out-of-state (junior year)** $5,429 in-state; $12,941 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2011) 34%* 45% (all undergraduate students, not just first-year)* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Not reported 88%*
Retention Rate (2011) 57% for full-time students* N/A - Not reported 68% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 10% (39% transfer-out rate)* N/A - Not reported 39% (41% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **TAMHSC.

Other School Option

Tarrant County College, about 25 miles west of Dallas, in Hurst, TX, offers an AAS in Dental Hygiene.

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