Dental Hygiene program receives accreditation reaffirmation

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program has received reaffirmation accreditation status by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The Commission adopted a resolution to grant the STC Dental Hygiene program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements” at a CODA meeting in February 2016. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Dental Hygiene programs are reviewed by the Commission every seven years to maintain accreditation. For reaffirmation accreditation status, the program submits a self-study according to the standards set forth by CODA, along with a site visit for review by the Commission.

The 83-credit-hour Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program accepts approximately 26 students annually. Students provide clinical patient care as a component of their curriculum requirements. STC’s Dental Hygiene Department Head Dr. Edenfield, faculty and staff are proud of the program’s record of success, noting that most students are offered employment positions pending successful completion of two credentialing examinations and licensure. The program has had 100% licensure pass rate for many years and has been accredited for more than four decades. Edenfield is has been with the STC’s Dental Hygiene program for the past 30 years providing instruction, clinical supervision and administrative leadership.

The program utilizes a competitive admissions process. Students wishing to enter the Dental Hygiene program must complete an application packet by spring for admission to the fall class. For more information about program admission, please contact STC’s Health Sciences Academic Advisor Cindy Cole ( or 912.443.5721) or Dr. Suzanne Edenfield (

The STC program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”] The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s website is:


                            STC Health Sciences Academic Advisor: Cindy Cole
912.443.5721 or

STC Director of Communications/Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (