Dental Hygiene Degree
Offered at the Following Campus
The dental hygiene program is a sequence of courses which prepares students for positions in the dental profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Program graduates receive a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree.
The standard curriculum for the dental hygiene program is designed for the semester system. Prospective students may begin taking prerequisite core courses any semester. Once the prerequisite core classes have been completed and students have been competitively admitted into the dental hygiene program, the program is six semesters. A new cohort of dental hygiene students are competitively admitted into the dental hygiene program one time per year-Summer semester. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each course. To graduate, degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 86 semester credit hours.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
- Submit a completed application & application fee;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts and a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form, if applicable;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
- Attend a mandatory dental hygiene program informational session presented by the dental hygiene faculty on the Vidalia campus, Health Sciences Annex- Building C, Room 906. Informational sessions will be conducted on the following dates and times: Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 8:00 A.M and Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 4:00 P.M. Prospective students must attend one of the informational sessions.
- Complete the following prerequisite courses (21 credit hours) with a minimum grade of "C" in each course and a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0. CHEM and BIOL courses must have been completed within 5 years
Composition and Rhetoric
Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2113 L
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2114 L
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Survey of Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 1151 L
Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab
- If applicable, but not required, provide documentation of paid dental office experience, within the last 2 years. This documentation must state the number of hours of paid experience that you have worked and must be signed by a licensed dentist. Submit documentation to the Dental Hygiene Program Director.
- If applicable, but not required, provide documentation of graduation from an accredited Dental Assisting program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Submit documentation to the Director of the Dental Hygiene program.
- Obtain a dental hygiene program information packet. Review, sign, and submit a "Statement of Interest in the Dental Hygiene Program" to the Director of Dental Hygiene after the criteria stated above have been met. Deadline for submission of required documents is Monday, May 5, 2020, in order to be considered for admission into Summer semester 2020.
- Note: Only one class will be accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program each year, beginning Summer semester.
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