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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The need for dental hygienists in Laredo has never been greater! The population is growing, and demand will exceed supply for dental hygienists every year through 2030.

Why pursue a career as a dental hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional who works alongside dentists, specializes in oral health promotion and disease prevention, and educates patients on how they can maintain optimal oral health. Dental hygienists handle oral cleanings and care, offer preventative options, screen for potential problems and help dentists treat various health issues pertaining to patients' mouths, teeth and gums. Research has found that regular dental hygiene visits can help prevent conditions like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. The ultimate goal of a dental hygienist is serving the community and improving the overall health of the public.

Earn a Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree from UT Health San Antonio at the UT Center at Laredo

Study and train close to home to earn your bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, a profession that is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the South Texas region through 2030. UT Health San Antonio’s Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree is one of the top-ranked programs in the country and can be completed at the UT Center at Laredo. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel in this important and highly rewarding field. The dental hygiene program, housed in new classrooms and state-of-the-art simulation and radiology labs on the UT Center at Laredo campus, is designed for local students who want to stay and work in Laredo and the South Texas region, an area that has long been underserved for dental care and where a new generation of dental hygienists will impact countless families in their communities.

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CONTACT

Magda A. de la Torre, Interim Director, Division of Dental Hygiene
dhadmissions@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-3810


 

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician assistants practice medicine and diagnose and treat illnesses. Physician assistants are not assistants to physicians.

Why pursue a career as a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants, known as PAs, are licensed clinicians who work alongside physicians and other health care providers. They practice medicine under the supervision of a physician in every health care setting, including hospitals, medical offices, community health centers, nursing homes, retail clinics, educational facilities, workplace clinics and correctional institutions, and take care of patients in every specialty, from primary care to pediatrics all the way through geriatrics. U.S. News and World Report ranks physician assistant No. 2 in its Best Health Care Jobs rankings, and the profession is regularly ranked among the top three health care, STEM and overall jobs in the U.S. Physician assistants are rigorously educated and trained health care professionals who are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice.

 

Earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from UT Health San Antonio at the UT Center at Laredo

Study and train close to home. This program is specifically designed for students who live in the region and want to improve health care quality and access in their communities. The MPAS program in the School of Health Professions at UT Health San Antonio ranks in the top 20% of more than 200 programs in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of best graduate schools for 2024. Classroom, laboratory, simulations and clinical rotations will prepare you for a rewarding career as a physician assistant. UT Health San Antonio graduates regularly exceed the national pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

 

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Contact

Cindy Villarreal, Academic Programs Coordinator
Villarrealc8@uthscsa.edu

 


Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

The need for pediatric dentists in Laredo has never been greater. More than 40% of Laredo’s growing population is under the age of 18, according to the U.S. census.

Why pursue a career as a pediatric dentist?

Working with children as a pediatric dentist can be uniquely rewarding as you set the foundation for your patients’ lifetime dental journey. Introducing children to good oral health and dental habits early will help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to more serious medical issues as children get older. Take the final step to becoming a pediatric dentist with the Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from UT Health San Antonio at the UT Center at Laredo, a 24-month residency program that emphasizes hospital dentistry, conscious sedation, interceptive orthodontics and special patient care, and is accredited by the American Dental Association Council of Dental Education. Pediatric dentistry also provides the opportunity for specialization in various areas, such as orthodontics or surgery, allowing for growth and development within the field while still staying focused on working with children.

Earn a Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from UT Health San Antonio at the UT Center at Laredo

Take the final step to becoming a pediatric dentist with the Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from UT Health SA at the UT Center at Laredo, a 24-month residency program that emphasizes hospital dentistry, conscious sedation, interceptive orthodontics and special patient care, and is accredited by the American Dental Association Council of Dental Education. Pediatric dentistry also provides the opportunity for specialization in various areas, such as orthodontics or surgery, allowing for growth and development within the field while still staying focused on working with children.

Pediatric dentists are in high demand throughout Laredo and Webb County, areas that have long been underserved for dental and pediatric dental care. For convenience and top-flight training, the Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from the UT Health SA’s School of Dentistry, which ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 7 nationally in the National Institutes of Health research funding, is a clear choice. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel in this important and gratifying career. Offered locally through the UT Center at Laredo, you can earn this certificate close to home in a program specifically designed for those who live in the region and want to stay and benefit the people of Laredo and Webb County.

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CONTACT

Maria Jose Cervantes, D.D.S., M.S.
cervantesmen@uthscsa.edu

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