Hiwassee College Dental Hygiene Program


For any questions about the program please contact Randa Colbert, the Dental Hygiene Program Director at (423) 442-2001, ext. 1845 or (423) 420-1901.

Announcement: The Dental Hygiene Program will be offering Nitrous and Local Anesthesia classes on June 21 & 22, 2019. Registration will close on May 10! Contact Tammy Bonnough at 423-420-1922 for more information.

Public Notice: Invitation for Comments Regarding Hiwassee College's Dental Hygiene Program


The mission of Hiwassee College 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.

Hiwassee offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The program is considered a “2+2”; the first two years of college are spent completing general education prerequisite courses and the last two, including a summer session, consist of the dental hygiene curriculum.

Up to 20 students are admitted into the program each fall, and the selection process is highly competitive. Students are selected based on overall GPA, Gen Ed science GPA, and the interview score. Students who complete general education courses at Hiwassee will be awarded additional points in the selection process. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview during the month of April and will be notified of acceptance in May.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum and patient experiences in the on-campus clinic, the dental hygiene department at Hiwassee College offers students multiple opportunities to engage in service learning.Partnerships with community organizations in conjunction with our mobile dental unit allow students to link theory to practice by participating in free dental clinics, health fairs and community service projects. Senior dental hygiene students prepare for practice upon graduation by working with affiliates in specialized areas of dentistry such as pedodontics, periodontics and public health.