Concorde Career Institute-Tampa to offer dental hygiene degree
Concorde press release:
September 3, 2021
Concorde Career Colleges / Institute, a national leader in healthcare education with 17 campuses in eight states, has launched an accelerated dental hygiene program at its Tampa campus that will help fill a shortage of dental professionals.
Registration is open and classroom work will begin in November 2021 for the 17-month program, which was granted initial accreditation status this month by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Concorde’s dental hygiene program is faster than other programs in the region, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree and enter the workforce faster.
An open house is scheduled at the Concorde Career Institute-Tampa campus at 11 a.m. on September 10, including a tour of the new clinic where Concorde dental hygiene instructors and students will serve the community with low-cost dental care.
“The dental hygiene program offered by the Concorde Career Institute-Tampa will prepare students for an exciting career in dental hygiene and allow them to face all the new nuances that this profession offers,” said Dr. Daniel A. Hassler, director of the dental hygiene program. “The emphasis will always be on the concepts of instructing our dental hygiene students to become lifelong learners dedicated to advancing the profession and providing oral health care to all communities.
The urgent need for dental hygiene professionals is regional and national. According to a recent survey by the American Dental Association, more than a third of dentist owners were looking to hire dental hygienists, and about 66% said recruiting was extremely difficult as shortages increased due to the pandemic.
Concorde dental hygiene program will be a mix of classroom learning and hands-on labs, as well as working with dental clinic patients. The clinic will provide services including cleanings, x-rays and gum disease consultations to people who have difficulty affording dental care on their own.
The Concorde-Tampa campus, which offers a variety of health care programs, is located at 4202 West Spruce Street Tampa, FL. For more information, visit our website at: www.concorde.edu or call 813-874-0094.
This press release was produced by Concorde. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.