Tunxis Closed Feb. 15-18

In observance of Presidents’ Day, Tunxis will be closed Friday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 18. Have a great long weekend!

December 13, 2015 Kenneth Colangelo

Dental Hygiene

The Tunxis Community College Dental Hygiene program provides the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health team. The program has an affiliation with University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and utilizes the facilities of the UCONN School of Dental Medicine, federal, state and local hospitals, and community health clinics. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the examinations for licensure given by National and Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA). Graduates who pass both boards are eligible for a Connecticut license.

The Dental Hygiene program’s faculty are highly qualified with a wide range of clinical and community experience.

  • Dental classes are held in a state-of-the-art simulated dental clinic and lab facilities.
  • Tunxis Community College is the only public college in Connecticut to provide a degree in Dental Hygiene.
  • Students have many opportunities to participate in community outreach service learning projects on the local, national and international level.


Career Fields for Dental Hygiene Grads

Dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, nursing homes or in a corporate environment. In addition to the clinical role, dental hygienists may also work in an administrative capacity in any of these locations.

Accreditation and Affiliation 

Tunxis Community College’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Since its inception, the Dental Hygiene program has had an affiliation with the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Members of the university faculty teach many courses in the program’s curriculum.

Licensure for Graduates

Tunxis students have excellent outcomes on the Dental Hygiene National and Regional Clinical Boards which qualifies them to apply for licensure to practice.

Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree

Articulation agreements with the University of Bridgeport, Charter Oak State College, and Vermont State Technical College provide students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health or Dental Hygiene.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicant must complete Chemistry 111, English Composition 101, college level Math or SAT score in math 550-570, and a 200 level Anatomy and Physiology I, (note Anatomy and Physiology I at Tunxis has Biology 121 as a prerequisite) with a minimum combined GPA in prerequisite courses of 2.7.
  • Applicant must take science courses within 5 years of applying to the program; and all science courses must be 4 credits with on ground laboratory components. Grades will be averaged for any science course repeated within this time frame.
  • Applicant must attend a dental hygiene information session. Attendance will be verified with a certificate issued by the session presenter (contact admissions to reserve a seat).
  • Applicant is encouraged to enroll in the Health Careers Pathway.
  • Applicant is encouraged to complete science and general education courses prior to applying to the program.

Application Process for Admission

The applicant must submit ALL of the following by the December 18th Deadline

  • All college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation: professional or academic in nature
  • A personal statement: Please provide a comprehensive biographical sketch of no more than 250 words that includes information to assist the Admissions Committee in “getting to know you better.” Examples of information that might be included in your biographical sketch include but are not limited to: details regarding dental hygiene procedures you have observed, a description of 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.”
  • Proof of a minimum of 4 hours of shadowing a licensed dental hygienist

In addition to the admission requirements prior to the start of the first semester of the program:

  • Applicant must complete a 200 level Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of C or better.
  • Applicant must complete a 200 level Microbiology with a grade of C or better. If these courses are in progress at the time of interview, applicant must provide mid-terms grades for evaluation.
    * Final acceptance of the applicant is contingent upon successful completion of these courses.
    * Consideration is given to the number of college courses successfully completed.
  • It is recommended that students complete HLT*201 Nutrition for Allied Health Professionals before starting the program.

Contact Us

Ashkhen Strack, Admissions Advisor

Program Coordinator: Patricia Johnson

Prior to start of
first semester
, the student must complete the following courses:
Admission Requirements
Course #TitleCredits
BIO*211 Anatomy and Physiology I (a) 4
BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology II (a) 4
BIO*235 Microbiology (a) 4
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
HLT*201 Nutrition for Allied Health Professionals (a) 3
DHY*209 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Theory (a) 3
DHY*210 Clinic–Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Theory (a) 1
DHY*212 Diagnostic Radiography for the Dental Hygienist (a) 3
DHY*228 Histology & Oral Anatomy for the Dental Hygienist (a) 3
Second Semester
DHY*207 Standards, Ethics & Jurisprudence for the Dental Hygienist (a) 2
DHY*225 Dental Materials for the Dental Hygienist (a) 2
DHY* 233 Oral Medicine & Pathology (a) 2
DHY*239 Dental Hygiene II Theory (a) 2
DHY*240 Dental Hygiene II Clinic (a) 2
PSY*111 General Psychology I (a) 3
Summer Semester
DHY*264 Pharmacology (a) 3
Third Semester
DHY*259 Dental Hygiene III Theory (a) 3
DHY*260 Dental Hygiene III Clinic (a) 2
DHY*262 Periodontics (a) 2
DHY*267 Community Oral Health I (a) 2
DHY*269 Dental Hygiene Research Seminar I (a) 1
Winter Semester
DHY*275 Pain Control & Local Anesthesia for the DH (a) 2
Fourth Semester
COM*173 Public Speaking (a) 3
DHY*279 Dental Hygiene IV Theory (a) 2
DHY*280 Dental Hygiene IV Clinic (a) 2
DHY*287 Community Oral Health II (a) 2
SOC*101 Principles of Sociology (a) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting
body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation may be contacted at 312.440.2719 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
NOTE: The ability to obtain a license may be affected due to a felony conviction

Dental Hygiene (A.S. Degree) Program Abilities:
The Dental Hygiene Program will utilize the Tunxis Community College General Education Abilities for assessment in the curriculum. In addition, the dental hygiene students will also be evaluated utilizing the dental hygiene program abilities. Tunxis students strive for achievement of these abilities as well as traditional grades.
1. Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills – effectively engages in interpersonal activities and teamwork
2. Dental Hygiene Process of Care – provides care to all clients without regard to economic, social, cultural, religious or health status; based upon an individualized human need, evidenced based system which includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, education and evaluation
3. Health Promotion – develops, implements and evaluates health promotion strategies directed toward helping individuals as well as diverse populations achieve oral wellness as well as overall health and awareness.
4. Technology Literacy-appropriately and effectively uses technology to accomplish assigned tasks

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