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Carol Nguyen, RDH, MSDH

Nguyencarol dec 2016


Carol Nguyen is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Periodontics, Division of Dental Hygiene. She began her full time teaching career in 2000. Her professional strengths are in teaching and service with focus on advocating for public health programs for vulnerable and underserved populations using interprofessional collabortations.

She serves as a core faculty member and the course director for undergraduate and graduate level courses in didactic and clinical formats. In 2016 she became a certified online teacher through the Quality Matters Program. She serves as the Division Community Outreach Director and Director of the Bachelor Completion Program in Dental Hygiene. During her tenure, she has served as committee chair and committee member for several Master of Science students resulting in numerous publications.

Her former role as Program Director for AHEC Healthcare Transition Fellowship for the Developmentally Disabled led to publications and presentation on health literacy and healthcare transition at state and national meetings. Consequently, she was awarded the state Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the Texas Dental Hygiene Directors. In 2013, she received the Innovative Teaching Excellence Award from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for efforts in interprofessional teaching. In that same year, she received the Alumna of the Year from the Division of Dental Hygiene for service to the profession and community. In 2016, she received a teaching fellowship from the Hispanic Center of Excellence. 

Ms. Nguyen has numerous publications related to topics on oral health prevention and clinical care serving vulnerable and underserved populations.

Selected Publications

Taverna MV, Nguyen C, Hicks B. Oral Hygiene and Self-Care in Older Adults with Dementia Generations 2016 Nov;40(3):43-48.

Showalter R, Nguyen CA, Curtis WJ, Jordan JD, Taverna MV. A Pilot Study Evaluating Dental Research Enrollment in Four Multi-center Clinical Research Trials: Comparing Private Practice and University Settings The Clinical Researcher 2015 Oct;29(suppl):43-46.

Nguyen CA, Jacks ME, Smiley LA, Walden CE. Statistics Anxiety Levels of Dental Hygiene Graduate Students. Journal of Dental Hygiene 2015 Feb;89(1):46-54.

Nguyen CA, Jones AA, Jacks ME, English DK. Calculus detection calibration among dental hygiene faculty members utilizing dental endoscopy: a pilot study. Journa of Dental Education 2015 Feb;79(2):124-32.

Taverna, M. Nguyen, C. Wright, R., Tysinger, J. and Sorrenson, H. Iatro-Compliance: Unintended Consequences of Excessive Autonomy in Long Term Care Facilities. Journal of Dental Hygiene 2014 Feb;88(1)

Banton, J., Nguyen CA. Public Health: Improving Access to Care through Collaboration Access 2013 Sep;27(8):26-28.

Nguyen CA, and Garza, G. Interdisciplinary Research: An Eye-Opening Experience Access 2010 Mar;24(3):6-18.

Associate Professor and Dental Hygiene BS Completion Program Director


M.S., Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2008

B.S., Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2000

Certificate, Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1996


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