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.

Hiwassee College has a long history of service to the community through its dedication to education. It has now taken a new step of service in the area of healthcare. In order to improve access to care to a broader number of people, Hiwassee College has successfully conquered the challenge of establishing a Dental Hygiene program that will not only continue this institution’s long legacy of providing quality education, but it will now begin another chapter in its history by serving the oral health needs of the community as well. The new state of the art dental clinic combined with the well trained and educated dental hygiene students under the direction of an experienced and skilled faculty and staff will now provide members of Monroe County and the surrounding areas with low cost dental hygiene services.

The brand new high tech dental clinic has ten operatories fully equipped with medical grade computers and iPads for patient records management, digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, and ultrasonic scalers. Dental hygiene students are provided with the most up to date technology and equipment including one of the first dental clinics in the area to provide portable digital x-ray equipment; iPad technology, computerized simulated lab and mobile unit dentistry.

Hiwassee Dental Hygiene students will be offered opportunities to not only serve the local community in the dental clinic, but they will also have opportunities to participate in mission trips and service learning experiences with the public health department. These experiences will better prepare our students to be conscientious and compassionate health care providers that have a commitment to oral health and lifelong learning and service.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Hiwassee College plans to participate in the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) in the 2017-18 application cycle. Applicants applying to the entry level baccalaureate program for 2018 enrollment will apply online using the ADEA DHCAS application beginning on the November 1, 2017. To learn more about ADEA DHCAS, please visit www.adea.org/dhcas.

Helpful Links

American Dental Hygienists’ Association www.adha.org

American Dental Association www.ada.org

Tennessee Dental Hygienists’ Association www.tndha.org


The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Financial Support

Financial support for this program has been provided by a Congressionally-directed grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The Tennessee Health Foundation, and from the generous donations of citizens.

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For more information on the Kelsey Taylor PEO grant, click here

The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and one should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.