UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Nguyen, Carol Ann

Dental School
(210) 567-3838

Ms. Carol Nguyen, RDH, MS, Assistant Professor,at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Periodontics, Division of Dental Hygiene received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in Dental Hygiene. Her professional strengths are in teaching and service. In the profession of dental hygiene a master is the terminal degree; she teaches at bachelor and master levels using several formats. These formats included online, blended learning, flipped class rooms and traditional didactic courses on campus. Ms. Nguyen began her full time teaching career in 2000. At the undergraduate level Ms. Nguyen is the course director for Health Promotion, Introduction to Research and Community Oral Health Practicum II. In this position, Ms. Nguyen has administrative responsibilities to plan, organize, implement and manage preventive care programs at six community rotation sites, health fair events and some recruitment events, such as the HSC Science Expo. All events require collaboration with strategic community partners, fiscal responsibility and maximum use of resources. This is followed by data collection, analysis and reporting to the division director, department chair and dental deans and development of MOUs and adjunct/adjoint appointments annually. Ms. Nguyen is the co-course director of Community Oral Health Practicum and a lab instructor of for Pharmacotherapeutics. Moreover, she serves as clinical instructor for Dental Hygiene Pre Clinic, Clinic I, II & III. At the graduate level she is the course director for online courses in: Health Promotion, Independent Study and Special Topics courses for vulnerable populations and public health. She also serves as a chair and committee member for graduate students. Ms. Nguyen is an invited speaker for Graduate Nurse Practitioners and Public Health Residents since 2009. From 2009 to 2011 Ms. Nguyen held the position of Program Director for AHEC Health Care Transition Fellowship for the Developmentally Disabled Program. The program was a three year interdisciplinary collaborative program aimed at assessing the impact of Health Literacy on health behaviors and healthcare transition for young adults with disabilities.

Clinically she practiced dental hygiene in Periodontal and Pediatric offices for 11 years, which help to provide a robust background for culturally competent diversity in all aspects of her professional career. Ms. Nguyen is an active member of American Dental Education Association, ADEA, American Dental Hygienist Association ADHA, Texas Dental Hygienist Association, TDHA, and Association of State and Territorial Directors, ASTDD and the Hispanic Faculty Association.
Nationally, she serves as a committee member for ASTDD in the School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee where she reviews state best practice submissions for sealant programs. She also serves as President Elect for Sigma Phi Alpha, the Dental Hygiene National Honor Society where she works to select, coordinate and review presenters for national dental hygiene meetings at ADHA and ADEA. She is also a HRSA grant reviewer for Health Promotion and Health Primary Prevention grants. Locally she serves on the board for Reaching Maximum Independence. Additionally, she serves as, President of the Beta Sigma chapter honor society for the dental hygiene division. She is member of Committee on Graduate Studies, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Review Committee, Academic Performance Committee and Secretary for the Hispanic Faculty Association and Community Liaison Committee.
Ms. Nguyen was recognized by her peers and awarded the state Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the Texas Dental Hygiene Directors, Alumna of the Year from the Division of Dental Hygiene 2013, for Innovative Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas HSC San Antonio, Dental School 2013.