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 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 San Antonio in Dental Hygiene in 2000. Inspired by teaching, she continued to earn a Master of Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Biomedical Sciences in 2008.
In the profession of dental hygiene a master is the terminal degree. Prior to this she practiced dental hygiene locally in Periodontal and Pediatric offices for 11 years. The experiences of working clinically coupled with formal education provided a culturally diverse and robust background to become a distinguished faculty member of the University of Texas Health Science Center SA, Dental Hygiene Division. Currently, Ms. Nguyens serves as didactic and clinical teaching faculty, the division Community Outreach Director and most recently, the Director of Dental Hygiene BS completion program.
The dental hygiene programs are unique on campus in that the division offers three (3) programs BS entry, BS degree completion, and Master degree programs. The BS entry program is a two plus two type of program. The BS completion program offers a BS to licensed dental hygienists. These students earned a certificate in Dental Hygiene at other schools and enter our program to complete the remaining 123 hours. This program accepts up to fifteen students annually. The third program, a Master of Science degree and accepts five students per year. Both the BS completion and the Masters programs are offered completely online through our division. Ms. Nguyen serves as faculty for all three levels.
At the undergraduate level, Ms. Nguyen is the course director for Health Promotion, Introduction to Research, Community Oral Health Practicum II and Current Issues. Teaching formats include online, blended learning, flipped class rooms and traditional didactic courses. Annually, she teaches sixty on campus students and fifteen online BS completion students. She also serves as clinical instructor for Dental Hygiene Pre Clinic, Clinic I, II, III and is a pre-doctoral lab faculty for 110 sophomore dental students in Peri 6082. As an early adopter of sound teaching methods for online courses, Dec 2014, she was part of a pilot faculty group that implemented Canvas in all spring 2015 courses. Canvas, an online learning management platform, reported in the literature as the best practice for online teaching. Additionally, she was the division lead for implementing Exam Soft, a more secure evaluation methods for delivering exams.
At the graduate level, Ms. Nguyen is the course director for Health Promotion, Current Issues, Independent Study and Special Topics, courses for vulnerable populations and public health. Ms. Nguyen has served as a committee 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. The program was a three year pilot interdisciplinary collaborative program aimed at assessing the impact of Health Literacy on health behaviors and healthcare transition for young adults with disabilities. The program recruited five paid fellows annually. Program outcomes were published and presented at interdisciplinary professional meetings. This resulted in peer recognition where 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 University of Texas HSC San Antonio, Dental School for efforts in inte