Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Degree

Offered at the Following Campus Locations

Program Overview

  1. 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 Technical Certificate (Dental Hygiene Track) or Interdisciplinary Study Associate Degree (Dental Hygiene Track) as part of its credits.

All students must pay a $25.00 application fee to the college bookstore in person or by phone in order for their application to be processed.

A. Students Residential Criteria for Competitive Admissions programs: The following residential criteria is established for admission into programs that admit students on competitive basis.

*In accordance with TCSG Procedure 6.6.1p Student Tuition and Fees, Out of State Students shall be enrolled in the College on a space available basis and shall not displace any Georgia Student desiring to enroll in the College.

*Military-affiliated students who are deemed eligible for HOPE grant or scholarship per Georgia Student Finance Commission regulations will not be considered Out of State Students for purposes of competitive program admission.

*Out of State students who apply for competitive admissions programs shall be considered for admission on a space available basis. They shall not displace any student with a Georgia domicile who meets minimum requirements for admission to the program.

*Non-Citizen students who apply for competitive admissions programs shall be considered for admission on a space available basis. They shall not displace any student with a Georgia domicile. Eligible Non-Citizen or Out-of-State student who meets minimum requirements for admission to the program

B. 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

C. Required Prerequisites MUST be completed or in process to be completed by application deadline. Prerequisites to be completed are:

*ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric

*SPCH 1101 Public Speaking

*PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology

*SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

*CHEM 1211 Chemistry I

*CHEM 1211L Chemistry Lab I

or

*CHEM 1511 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry

*CHEM 1151L Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab

and

*MATH 1111 College Algebra

or

*MATH 1103 Quantitative Skills/Reasoning (201614)

and

*BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I

*BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I

*BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II

*BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II

*BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology

*BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab

*DHYG 2110 Biochemisty and Nutrition

and

One of the following:

*HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities

*ARTS 1101 Art Appreciation

*ENGL 2130 American Literature

*MUSC 1101 Music Appreciation

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

E. 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

F. 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.