Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Degree

Offered at the Following Campus Locations

Program Overview

The 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: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

At the completion of the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree program of study, the student must successfully pass each of the following: National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, a state/regional practical credentialing examination, and a state board jurisprudence examination. Upon successful completion of the examinations, the graduate must obtain a dental hygiene license from each State’s Board of Dentistry for which they wish to work. The cost of each of the examinations and licensure is not part of the cost of the program and must be paid for by the student/graduate.

The Dental Hygiene program at Savannah Technical College offers a sequence of courses that 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. Registered and licensed dental hygienists work in a variety of professional settings. The public is most familiar with dental hygienists in the private dental office, where they perform numerous critical services designed to detect and prevent diseases of the mouth. These include oral prophylaxis; examining the head, neck, and oral areas for signs of disease; educating patients about oral hygiene; taking and/or developing radiographs; and applying fluoride and/or sealants. In this setting, registered dental hygienists play a vital role in protecting the oral health of the American public. Program graduates receive an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Dental Hygiene Technical Standards

For more information on the Dental Hygiene Program, please email dentalhygiene@savannahtech.edu.

Entrance Requirements

The Dental Hygiene Degree program utilizes a competitive entry process and requires the completion of the Health Care Sciences—Dental Hygiene Track Technical Certificate of Credit.

Applicants have the opportunity to achieve a score up to 96 points based on the following Admissions Point Index (API) criteria:

1. Grades on prerequisite courses are awarded as follows:

A = 4 pts, B = 3 pts, C = 1 pt (Example: 4 pts x 14 courses = 56 API pts)

2. Certified Dental Assistant/Lab Technician = 5 API pts

3. Georgia Residency = 35 API pts

Applications are accepted the first Monday of November through the first Friday of May of each year for a Fall (August) start.

The Dental Hygiene program starts one (1) cohort each academic year. Meeting the minimal program requirements does not guarantee acceptance in the program. For additional information on program requirements, contact the department of the Dental Hygiene for an Information Packet.

Note: Students may be required to successfully pass criminal background check and drug screen analysis before placement in clinical settings.

Dental Hygiene Application

This program requires the ACCUPLACER® college placement test and High School Diploma or GED. Minimum Required Age of 18.

ACCUPLACER® minimum scores: Reading Comprehension 64, Sentence Skills 70, Elementary Algebra 57

*DUE TO COVID-19 OUR TESTING POLICY HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY UPDATED. PLEASE REFER TO THE TESTING CENTER'S PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.