The Dental Hygiene program is 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 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 or developing radiographs; and applying fluoride or sealants. In this setting, registered dental hygienists play a vital role in protecting the oral health of the American public. Program graduates receive a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree.

Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Selection into the Dental Hygiene program major courses is via competitive selection process.

A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be admitted into the Dental program, but such a conviction may prohibit one from obtaining a state license to practice Dental Hygiene. (In the case of a felony conviction, applicants cannot be licensed in the state of Georgia. This is a state law.)

Associate Degree
Program Length 83 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; minimum age: 18
Entrance Dates Summer Semester (Macon Campus)
Fall Semester (Warner Robins Campus)
Offered Warner Robins and Macon Campuses

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 22
Area I - Language Arts/Communication  
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking 3
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics  
CHEM 1211 Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1211L Chemistry Lab I 1
Choose one of the following Mathematics courses:
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling (3)
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts  
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
Non-General Education Degree Courses
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
Occupational Courses 53
BIOL 2117 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117L Microbiology Lab 1
DHYG 1000 Tooth Anatomy and Root Morphology 2
DHYG 1010 Oral Embryology and History 1
DHYG 1020 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
DHYG 1030 Dental Materials 2
DHYG 1040 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lecture 2
DHYG 1050 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lab 2
DHYG 1070 Radiology Lecture 2
DHYG 1090 Radiology Lab 1
DHYG 1110 Clinical Dental Hygiene I Lecture 2
DHYG 1111 Clinical Dental Hygiene I Lab 3
DHYG 1206 Pharmacology and Pain Control 3
DHYG 2010 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lecture 2
DHYG 2020 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lab 2
DHYG 2050 Oral Pathology 3
DHYG 2070 Community Dental Health 3
DHYG 2080 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Lecture 2
DHYG 2090 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Lab 4
DHYG 2110 Biochemistry and Nutrition Fundamentals for the Dental Hygienist 2
DHYG 2130 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lecture 2
DHYG 2140 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lab 4
DHYG 2200 Periodontology 3
  Total Hours 83