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 (UTHSCSA), Department of Periodontics, Dental Hygiene Division began her full-time teaching career in 2000. Her professional strengths are in teaching and service with special focus on public health and advocating for public health programs and adults with disabilities using interprofessional collaborations. She earned her Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Health Professions, in Dental Hygiene in 2000. She earned a Master of Science from UTHSCSA, School of Biomedical Sciences in 2008. In the profession of dental hygiene, a Master of Science is the terminal degree. Prior to this she practiced dental hygiene locally in Periodontal and Pediatric offices for 11 years.

Currently, Ms. Nguyen serves as a core faculty for undergraduate and graduate levels and teaches didactic and clinical courses. She also serves as the Division Community Outreach Director. Most recently, she was appointed as the Director of the Bachelor Completion Program in Dental Hygiene. The BS degree completion program is unique on campus because it offers an online curriculum. This program accepts up to fifteen students annually. Ms. Nguyen is responsible for marketing, admissions, advising and mentoring students, reviewing the curriculum, and certifying students for graduation. At the undergraduate level, Ms. Nguyen is the course director for 4 individual courses. Teaching formats include online, blended learning, flipped class rooms and traditional didactic courses. Annually, she teaches sixty on-campus students and up to fifteen online BS completion students. She also serves as clinical instructor for 4 clinical courses and is a pre-doctoral lab faculty for sophomore dental students. As an early adopter of sound teaching methods for online courses, she was part of a pilot faculty group that implemented an online learning management platform (Canvas) that was reported in the literature as the best practice for online teaching. Additionally, she was the division lead for implementing Exam Soft.

At the graduate level, Ms. Nguyen is the course director for 4 courses including specific courses focusing on vulnerable populations and public health. Ms. Nguyen has served twice as a committee chair and served six times as a committee member for Master of Science students in Dental Hygiene. Moreover, Ms. Nguyen is an invited speaker for Graduate Nurse Practitioners and Public Health Residents since 2009. Ms. Nguyen held the position of Program Director for Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Healthcare Transition Fellowship for the Developmentally Disabled from 2009 to 2011. The program was a three year, pilot interdisciplinary collaborative program aimed at assessing the impact of Health Literacy on healthcare transition for young adults with disabilities. Program outcomes were published and presented at interdisciplinary professional meetings. This resulted in peer recognition as 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 UTHSCSA for efforts in interprofessional teaching. In that same year, she received the Alumna of the Year from the UTHSCSA, Dental Hygiene Division for service to the profession and community.