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Bachelors in Dental Hygiene

Dental HygieneThe Caruth School of Dental Hygiene is an integral part of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. The dental hygiene school was  equipped in 1954 through a generous gift from the Caruth Foundation of Dallas and Mr. W. W. Caruth, Jr., in honor of Mr. W. W. Caruth, Sr., a pioneer Texas philanthropist.

Profiles of recent entering dental and dental hygiene classes

The first dental hygiene students were accepted in the Fall of 1955. At that time there was no requirement for previous college experience. In 1964 the  Caruth School of Dental Hygiene established prerequisite courses prior to professional study. During the same year the Bachelor of Science degree was offered in addition to the traditional  certificate program. All graduates since 1973 have received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Mission
The mission of the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene is to educate preventive oral health  professionals, eligible for licensure as dental hygienists, who are capable of providing educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal  oral health.

Opportunities
The services of a dental hygienist are offered in private dental practices and clinics, public health agencies, school systems, hospitals, nursing  homes and corporate health facilities. Dental hygienists also teach in dental and dental hygiene programs and participate in health research. The baccalaureate degree offered through the Caruth  School of Dental Hygiene by Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry satisfies the educational requirement for eligibility for state licensure. Graduates are provided with diverse experiences to prepare for a  variety of employment settings and to pursue graduate education.

Interviews
Processing of applications begins the year prior to entrance into the professional program and continues until the class is filled. The applications are evaluated and an invitation for an interview may be extended. The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant's knowledge of the dental hygiene profession. It also provides an opportunity for the applicant to see the facility, meet with the Admissions Committee and to ask questions about the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene program.

All prospective students are encouraged to contact the College with questions regarding prerequisite courses or the program.

Basis For Acceptance

All applicants will be considered using the following criteria. In addition, the applicant must be able to perform the essential functions required in the curriculum.

The quality of the applicant's academic achievement is a prime consideration. A grade point average (GPA) is computed based on all courses taken in college.

Preference for admission is given to students with:

  1. A cumulative GPA and  Science GPA indicating ability to succeed in the program .
  2. Attention given to detail  when completing the application .
  3. A comprehensive  biographical sketch that includes information that will help the  Admissions Committee know the applicant better. Details about the dental  hygiene procedures that have been observed, a description of the community  service projects in which you have participated and information concerning  your interests, abilities and attitudes that have motivated you to make  the commitment required for a career in dental hygiene are examples of  information that might be included.

Matriculation and Registration

All students are required to register on the dates specified in the official school calendar. A matriculation fee is required of every student upon first admittance to any program of the College. New students who fail to report for registration at the specified time may lose their place in the class, unless they have previously received permission for late registration.

Veterans who have obtained a certificate of eligibility should report to the Director of Student Aid for handling of veteran's benefits.

Detailed information about student aid and veteran affairs is available from the Student Aid Office.

Physician's Statement

Before enrollment, the accepted applicant must return a completed physical examination form furnished by the College. Required immunizations are listed on the physical examination form.

    Last edited by: aupton 07/22/2014

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