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Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene Program at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston is part of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.  UTSD is the only Houston-area school offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. We also have an online degree-completion program for dental hygienists who earned their certificates at UTSD.

Because UTSD offers graduate and postgraduate programs in dentistry and the dental specialties, our dental hygiene students become accustomed to working side-by-side with other members of the dental team.  

Philosophy and Goals

We aspire to be the model dental hygiene program for the 21st century, dedicated to advancing the health of the people of Texas, the nation and our global community by educating compassionate health care professionals and innovative scientists, and by discovering and translating advances in the social and biomedical sciences to treat, cure and prevent disease now and in the future.

The primary focus of the School of Dentistry is the education of dental health professionals of the highest caliber. In pursuit of excellence, the School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Program will focus on students and patients while teaching the basic and clinical sciences along with professional and ethical standards in an environment of collegiality, respect for diversity, and attention to the university's foundation principles.

The goals of the dental hygiene program are to:

·          Recruit well-qualified, diverse students


·          Graduate students qualified to practice comprehensive patient care


·          Educate students to provide patient care according to QA/RM


·          Provide service learning and community experiences.