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.
Irene Newman, the first dental hygienist, graduated from the Fones School.
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.
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 the following dental hygiene programs:
- Two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or
- Bachelor of Science degree completion online
- Master of Science (M.S.) degree online program
Transfer students typically complete the B.S. degree within two or three 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.