Fones School of Dental Hygiene

The Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport, the first school of dental hygiene in the world, was established in 1949. The school takes its name from Dr. Alfred Civilion Fones, a dentist who was important not only at the University of Bridgeport, but also as a pioneer in the world dental hygiene movement. Irene Newman, the first dental hygienist, graduated from the Fones School.

Accredited since 1953, the Fones program is in full accordance with the principles established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for national, regional, and state examinations.

Students may choose from three dental hygiene programs: a two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Science degree online, and a Master of Science (M.S.). Transfer students typically complete the B.S. degree within 2 or 3 years, depending on the number of transferring credits. Students earning the Associate’s degree may apply their credits towards a Bachelor’s degree.

The faculty members of the Fones School are affiliated with international, national, state and local professional organizations. They are active in lecturing to dental hygienists and other health professionals at conferences and in continuing education courses. Faculty members participate in research, grant writing, and student organizations.

The A.S., B.S., and M.S., degree programs in Dental Hygiene are licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.

The Fones School of Dental Hygiene leads the dental hygiene profession in its commitment to students by providing an exemplary comprehensive education in evidence-based knowledge, patient centered clinical care and public health access to care. As the first school of dental hygiene, the Fones School is recognized locally and globally as the benchmark in oral health education. The program strives to support students in their achievement of entry level and advanced degrees essential to advance the profession of dental hygiene now and in the future.

As licensed professional oral health educators and clinicians, Fones graduates will practice as members of the dental team, utilizing knowledge of biomedical, dental, and clinical sciences to assist individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health.

Graduates are qualified for the written National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and subsequent clinical licensure exams in every state or region, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as in Canada and other foreign countries. They are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in dental hygiene or related fields.

The dental hygiene program at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene provides comprehensive dental hygiene care at its new state-of-the-art on-campus dental hygiene care facility from September through May. Services are available to the general public as well as to the University’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff. The clinic operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Thursday evenings between September and May, with the addition of Wednesday and Friday in the spring.