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 other Dallas-area schools with dental hygiene programs.
- Students who lack the time or the budget for four years of study can complete an associate's degree program at Collin County Community College District's McKinney campus, approximately 30 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) College of Dentistry and offers a bachelor's degree.
- About 35 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.
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 County Community College District||TAMHSC College of Dentistry||Texas Woman's University|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Four-year; public||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||31,609*||595**||15,473*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large city||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees||$1,384 in-district; $2,644 in-state; $4,474 out-of-state (2017-2018)*|| $1,750 in-state; $10,928 out-of-state for junior year
$1,375 in-state; $12,323 out-of-state for senior year (2017)**
|$7,486 in-state; $17,446 out-of-state (2017-2018)*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017)||31%*||N/A-Not reported||81%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Not reported||86%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||66% for full-time students*||N/A - Not reported||78% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||16% (34% transfer-out rate) for students who began fall 2014*||N/A - Not reported||36% (40% transfer-out rate) for students who began fall 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **TAMHSC.
Collin County Community College District
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 68 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 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.
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.
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 foundational courses prior to admission.
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. They complete the four-year, 121-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, courses within the major and electives, but can transfer up to 90 credits to meet some of the requirements.
Other School Options
Tarrant County College, about 25 miles west of Dallas, in Hurst, TX, offers an AAS in Dental Hygiene. Another option is Concorde Career College in Dallas, which also has an associate's degree in dental hygiene.