Dental Hygiene students have 100% licensure exam pass rate

#1401 | July 9, 2013
Dental Hygiene Class President Mary Ashley Smith celebrates at Savannah Technical College’s 2013 graduation with her Dental Hygiene class. Smith is the College’s 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award honoree of the year and a Technical College System of Georgia GOAL finalist.

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program announced its 2013 graduating cohort of 16 students successfully passed both the Central Regional Dental Testing Service practical licensing examination and the American Dental Association National Board Dental Hygiene Examination late in the 2013 spring semester. Both exams must be successfully passed in order for graduates to apply for dental hygiene licensure in the state(s) in which they intend to practice. This is the first cohort to both start and finish the program at Savannah Tech.

The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene is a 82-credit-hour program. Students provide clinical patient care as a component of their curriculum requirements. Dr. Suzanne Edenfield is 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 utilizes a competitive admissions process. For more information about program admission, please contact STC’s Health Sciences Academic Advisor Heather Valentine (hvalentine@savannahtech.eduor 912.443.5721) or Edenfield (


Health Sciences Academic Advisor Heather Valentin
hvalentine@savannahtech.eduor 912.443.5721)

Dental Hygiene Department Head
Dr. Suzanne Edenfield (

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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.

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