Last updated on October 10, 2022.

Tennessee Wesleyan University

Program Size
Program Length
22 months
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Program Start
August 1, 2023

Program Contact

Randa Colbert Program Director

Tennessee Wesleyan University

204 East College Street

Athens, Tennessee 37303

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The mission of Tennessee Wesleyan Dental Hygiene is to be a center of excellence where clinically exceptional dental hygienists who are knowledgeable, thorough, confident, compassionate, ethical, and active within the professional community are born.  We strive to foster a sense of pride, integrity, curiosity, and benevolence in all students by providing experiences that are consistent with these goals.  Through the unified efforts of the entire dental hygiene department, students are encouraged to become future leaders within the dental hygiene community.

Upon the successful completion of the dental hygiene program with a GPA of 2.5 or better, the student will be awarded the degree Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Students then take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, the state or regional board, and apply for licensure in the state where they intend to practice. Graduation from the dental hygiene program and receipt of the degree do not guarantee the student will successfully pass the national board and/or state/regional board.

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Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method In-Person
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 24
Program Length 22 months
Application Deadline March 15, 2023
Program Start Date August 1, 2023
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 138
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Accepts International Students No
Supports Student Visa No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

No standardized tests are required for this program.

Other Standardized Tests

ATDH scores are accepted, but not required. 

Prerequisite Instructions

General education prerequisites listed in the application must be completed before enrolling in the dental hygiene program. Courses in progress should be indicated in the application. Students who have courses in progress at the time of application may still be considered for admission. 

TWU's general education requirements, the Wesleyan Essentials (WE), may be fulfilled by an A.S. or A.A. degree from an accredited college or university. TWU's Office of the Registrar will complete a transfer equivalency worksheet for each applicant before a seat in the program is offered. 

Letters of Evaluations Instructions

Two letters of recommendation are required. One should be academic or professional, and the other should be a character reference. 

Other Requirement Instructions

Sixteen observation hours of a dental hygienist must be completed before the application is considered complete. The form is available via a link in the application.