The University of Texas School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program is committed to providing the educational experiences students need for successful careers as registered dental hygienists. The Dental Hygiene Program is part of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.
Established by UT Regents in 1945, it was the first academic dental hygiene program in Texas. A lack of space in the School of Dentistry immediately following World War II delayed enrollment until 1955, when the school moved into a new building and admitted the first class of dental hygiene students under the direction of Lorna J. Bruning, RDH.
Today, the fully accredited two-year program leads to either a certificate or Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. The School of Dentistry is the only dental hygiene program in the Houston area offering a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Approximately 40 students are admitted each fall semester.
In 2005, UTSD began offering an online bachelor's degree completion program for students who previously earned certificates in dental hygiene through the School of Dentistry.