The career program of Dental Hygiene at Georgia State University Perimeter College provides an intensive program of specialized study and general education. It has delivered a highly successful record in training students to become licensed dental hygienists.
In the past 10 years, 98 percent of Perimeter’s Dental Hygiene students passed the National Board exam on their first attempt. Past achievements make us so proud and also bring a responsibility to continue to innovate, explore and shape the teaching and learning of new students.
At Perimeter College, the Dental Hygiene community of students come from a wide range of cultures and languages. This diversity is among our greatest attributes.
Prevention and treatment of oral disease are recognized as important factors in a patient’s overall health and wellbeing. A dental hygienist is a licensed member of a dental health team, providing educational, clinical and therapeutic services to patients. Care provided by the dental hygienist includes collection and assessment of data, planning and implementation of care and evaluation of the results of treatment.
Whether you’re starting a career or looking for a change, the dental hygiene profession can provide opportunities, including a flexible work schedule, the rewards of keeping people healthy, an attractive income potential, the ability to work in a variety of professional settings, the option of working nationwide and career stability. Information about dental hygiene careers can be found on the American Dental Association website.
Georgia State University Perimeter College
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, Ga. 30338
Located in NC Building
Department Office: NC1361
Department Telephone: 770-274-5130
Clinic Office: NC1200
Clinic Telephone: 770-274-5140
Granted full approval by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
Download: Exposure Control Plan Document
The Department of Dental Hygiene at Perimeter College is committed to addressing issues related to bloodborne pathogens, such as Human Immunodeficiency (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in order to protect patients, students, faculty and staff, as well as protect the rights of individuals who may have a bloodborne infectious disease. Students are required to treat all patients assigned and as a result, the potential exists for transmission of bloodborne and other infectious diseases during patient care services. The purpose of the department’s Bloodborne Pathogen Policy (BPP) and Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens, as well as, minimize the risk to other environmental hazards. Policies will be reviewed annually and changes recommended as appropriate.
Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene program will not discriminate against employees, students, applicants for admission or patients based solely on health status. Applicants who test positive for infectious disease or who are carriers of an infectious disease should seek counsel from their physician and the program director prior to application.
The risk for exposure to Hepatitis B is higher for Dental Health Care Providers (DHCP) than the general population, therefore, it is recommended that students start the vaccination process for Hepatitis B as soon as they receive acceptance into the program. A comprehensive medical history, physical examination, dental exam, negative Tuberculin (Mantoux) skin test (negative chest x-ray if positive or contraindicated) and immunizations are additional requirements outlined in the ECP.
Testing of DHCP and students for HIV is not required by the Department of Dental Hygiene. However, health care workers and students who perform exposure-prone procedures on patients are encouraged to be tested voluntarily in order to know their HIV status.
Obligation to report
A student will be allowed to continue his/her education as long as their medical condition permits patient care and other individual’s health are not jeopardized or at risk. In the event that an individual poses a risk to others, the Dental Hygiene Program Director will assist the individual in obtaining counseling and advisement regarding their health and education.
All information regarding the health status of an individual is confidential and protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1994 and the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act .
Bloodborne Pathogen & Infection Control Training
The dental hygiene program complies with all local, state and federal infection control policies including the application of Standard Precautions as stipulated by current CDC Guidelines. Written policies and instruction on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided in courses throughout the curriculum, at yearly required bloodborne pathogen training sessions and through documents such as the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual and the Department of Dental Hygiene Exposure Control Plan. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students’ clinical experience to ensure a safe educational and work environment. The Department of Dental Hygiene Exposure Control Plan which outlines infection control protocol is available to all applicants upon request.
Limitation of Activity
The Department of Dental Hygiene will follow CDC suggested work restrictions for health-care personnel infected with or exposed to major infectious diseases in the dental hygiene clinic. A copy of work restriction recommendations is found within the ECP.
Enforcement of Practice Limitations or Modifications
Any student or DHCP who engages in unsafe and/or careless clinical practices, which create risks to the health of patients, employees, or students shall be subject to disciplinary action. When such actions are brought to the attention of the Department Chair, the students or DHCP may be suspended immediately from all patient care activities pending a full investigation of the matter.
Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
DHCP or students who are exposed to a bloodborne pathogen in the course of their clinical care are expected to follow the procedures set forth in the ECP. If a student should be exposed to a patient’s body fluids in a manner that may transmit a bloodborne or infectious disease, the patient will be asked to be tested for disease.
Environmental hazards of dental hygiene practice include: disorders associated with repetitive activities, exposure to high decibel sounds, exposure to hazardous chemicals or substances, accidental injury, exposure to radiation and allergic reactions to latex or other chemical agents.
Communication of Bloodborne Pathogen Policy to Dental Hygiene Clinic Patients
Patients of the Dental Hygiene Clinic are informed of bloodborne pathogen policies at their initial appointments in the clinic. Patients are asked to read the Clinic Brochure which includes the “Patient Responsibilities” and “Your rights as a Patient” The patients are asked to sign the Dental Hygiene Treatment Plan which acknowledges they have received and read this information. The GPC Bloodborne Pathogens Policy and Exposure Control Plan are available upon request in the dental hygiene clinic.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for dental hygienists will grow by 11% from 2020 to 2030. About 15,600 openings for dental hygienists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Hygienists, (visited January 28, 2022).
The Georgia State University Perimeter College Dental Hygiene program prepares students to provide educational, therapeutic and preventive dental hygiene services to children and adults in a variety of treatment settings. The program also operates a clinic at the Dunwoody Campus, through which the public can receive dental hygiene care.
|Out-of-state Tuition & Fees:||$10,759||$6,003|
|Supplies & Instruments:||$1,600||$400|
|Laptop computer or tablet capable of connecting to the internet:||#$200 +|
|Background check and drug screening:
Other Fixed Costs
(i.e. cost of examination)
|Subtotal for In-state:||$8,593||$4,953|
Two-year Total (In-state): $13,1406 (This amount does not include costs of prerequisite classes)
*Cost for a custom order. Other options are available.
# Specific model not required. A new purchase is not required if a student currently has one.
Admissions Process for the Dental Hygiene Program
Admissions Process for the Dental Hygiene Program
Applications for Georgia State University Perimeter College are accepted for fall, spring and summer semesters. All the general education courses on the Dental Hygiene Program of Study are offered in all three semesters. The Dental Hygiene program accepts 32 students once a year (fall semester) and applying to this program requires an additional application.
Students applying to the program must be enrolled at Georgia State University Perimeter College and have active student status (definition of active student; a student who has no holds on his/her account and has met the requirements of the college to register for classes). Transfers students should not submit an application to the Dental Hygiene program until they have accepted student status and also have completed all the requirements.
The Dental Hygiene program requires a separate application from the general admissions application. Transfer applicants FIRST must complete all of the steps below by the program application deadline. Current Georgia State students must complete steps 2 through 4.
Note: The ATI TEAS exam is no longer a requirement to submit an application to the Georgia State University Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program. In addition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no shadowing hours will be required to submit an application to the Dental Hygiene program.
Dental Hygiene Program Grade Course Evaluation Scale
Course Evaluation Scale
A = 90 -100
B = 80 – 89
C = 75 – 79
D = 60 – 74
F = 59 and below
This scale aligns with the National Board Examination and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service licensing examination grading scales, which require candidates to attain a minimum score of 75 for successful completion/passing. Due to this requirement, any student who earns a course grade of 74 or below will be dismissed from the Dental Hygiene program.
Forms, Policies and Procedures Information
Welcome from the Program Director
The faculty and staff of the Dental Hygiene Program welcome you to our information site on the web and hope you find it informative, helpful and easy to navigate.
The purpose of our website is to provide information about our program, requirements, admission processes, programs of study and faculty for you to review at your convenience and in your own setting. You will find the answers to many of your questions here, but please know that we are always happy to meet and talk with you and invite you to visit our department.
Our program challenges students to think critically by looking beyond the obvious, to communicate effectively, to take charge and to make complex decisions. We work closely with the dental community and various clinical agencies to provide the skills and knowledge you need to be successful at the next level.
Our goal is to equip students with the necessary skills to reach their potential; to provide an atmosphere of quality education through the teaching, case-based learning, and the application of service through clinical experience and community outreach. We strive to instill a desire to continue education necessary for lifelong learners and promote a spirit that will contribute and enrich the dental hygiene profession.
It is an exciting time to be in health care, and we look forward to helping you achieve your personal educational goals.
Risa Handman, RDH, EdD.
Dental Hygiene Program Director
Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program
Department Office: NC1361
Department Telephone: 770-274-5130
Clinic Office: NC1200
Clinic Telephone: 770-274-5140
Perimeter College Georgia State University – Dunwoody Campus
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Located in NC Building
Clinic Telephone: 770-274-5140
The Perimeter College Dental Hygiene faculty, students and staff welcome you to learn more about our Dental Hygiene Clinic and the services it offers.
GENERAL APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
- All appointments are completed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic in the NC Building on the Dunwoody Campus of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, at the corner of Womack Road and Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody, Ga. The campus is served by the MARTA bus system. MARTA Bus Route #11 Tilly Mill Road comes to the campus.
- All treatment procedures are provided by dental hygiene students under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygiene faculty of Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene program. The patient should see his/her family dentist for a dental examination yearly. Dental referrals are given to patients upon completion of their dental hygiene treatment in the clinic. One free duplicate copy of x-rays will be given to the patient or emailed to the patient’s family dentist upon request. The patient will need to sign a HIPAA release form designating to whom the x-rays may be sent.
- For an appointment or more information, contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 770-274-5140. The clinic telephone is only answered on days when clinic is in session. Otherwise, a voice mail system provides information, and the caller may leave a message. A returned call will be made to the caller as soon as possible.
- This is an educational institution, therefore, your appointment will last three and a half (3.5) hours. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, your treatment may require additional appointments, and three and a half hours will be allotted for each of these appointments.
- The charge for all services or procedures is payable by debit card and credit card. Dental insurance plans cannot be applied for services received. Cash or check cannot be accepted.
- State of Georgia accounting and auditing procedures will not allow fees to be refunded. Fees are not transferable to another member of your family
- Because the appointments for your treatment are part of our students’ training, the time put aside for your appointment is an important part of their education. If you are unable to come to your appointment, please call either the student or the clinic, giving 24 hours notice.
- If you cancel at the last minute, or do not show for two appointments, you will lose privileges of being treated in our clinic. We regret this, but the need for you to keep your appointments is imperative for our students to complete their education requirements.
- Radiographic exposure is based on the ADA recommendations for prescribing dental radiographs.
- No unaccompanied children are allowed in the waiting room. Only children with an appointment are allowed in the treatment area.
- Non-English speakers must provide an adult interpreter.
NEW PATIENT ASSESSMENT APPOINTMENTS
Patients with an appointment will have priority seating. Walk-ins are welcome but will only be seen if a dental hygiene student is available.
New patients (18 years of age and older) must complete a 30-45-minute New Patient Assessment appointment prior to the scheduling of an appointment for treatment. There is no charge for this appointment.
The New Patient Assessment appointment allows for the completion of certain paperwork, as well as an initial assessment of the patient’s medical history and oral conditions. When the appointment is completed, the patient’s name is entered into the Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Clinic’s computer system, and the patient is assigned to an available dental hygiene student.
Once the student receives the patient’s name the student is responsible for calling the patient for the first treatment appointment. This may take several weeks to complete before the patient is called for treatment appointments.
PATIENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Georgia State University, Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Clinic recognizes the importance of basic rights of all patients. The Dental Hygiene Clinic also expects reasonable and responsible behavior on the part of patients, their relatives and friends. The following are the rights and responsibilities of patients at the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
All healthcare records at the Dental Hygiene Clinic are strictly confidential. Healthcare records are not available to anyone except the patient or if the patient is a minor, to the patient’s parent or legal guardian. If the patient is a student of Georgia State University, information about a student’s care will be released only with the student’s written permission.
All Dental Hygiene Clinic staff and employees adhere to established ethical principles and codes of professional practice, including patient confidentiality. All information concerning a patient’s visits to the Dental Hygiene Clinic, including identity, reason for visit, diagnosis, treatments and billing information, is considered confidential information.
Rights of Patients:
- To be afforded impartial access to treatment regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, handicap condition or age and to be treated with respect and dignity at all times.
- To refuse to talk with anyone not directly involved in the patient’s care or treatment.
- To wear appropriate personal clothing and religious symbols, as long they do not interfere with treatment or diagnostic procedures.
- To expect that his or her care and treatment be handled in confidence and that his or her medical record will be read only by authorized individuals.
- To expect that the clinic practices and environment are reasonably safe at all times.
- To know the identity of all persons providing service to him or her and the identity of the dentist or dental hygienist who is primarily in charge or his or her case.
- To expect complete and current information concerning his or her diagnosis (if known), treatment options and prognosis in understandable terms and advance knowledge of the cost of treatment.
- To expect that diagnostic procedures or treatments will be performed only with consent and consistent with the standard of care in the profession.
- To refuse treatment with the understanding that the clinic-patient relationship may be terminated with reasonable notice.
- To request and receive an itemized and detailed explanation of his or her bill.
- To initiate a complaint at any time during the course of treatment and to expect that it will be reviewed and resolved, if possible, in a reasonable period of time.
Responsibilities of Patients
- To provide accurate and complete information about current complaints, past illnesses, medications and financial status.
- To comply with all clinic rules and regulations, to follow the orders of providers and to be responsible for his or her own actions and outcomes if he or she refuses treatment or does not follow instructions.
- To assure that the financial obligations of healthcare are fulfilled promptly.
- To be considerate of the rights of others and assist the Dental Hygiene Clinic in controlling noise, the number of visitors allowed and any other distractions which may affect patient care.
- To accept responsibility for all personal property and valuables brought into the clinic.
- To ask his or her dentist or dental hygienist what to expect regarding pain and pain management, discuss pain relief options with his or her dentist or dental hygienist, ask for pain relief when pain first begins, help the dentist or dental hygienist measure his or her pain and tell the dentist or dental hygienist if his or her pain is not relieved.
- To report any risks in his or her care and any unexpected changes in his or her health condition.
- To help the clinic improve services by providing feedback about dental hygiene needs and
Oral debridement, x-rays & fluoride services provided for $25-$70 Fee
(price dependent on age and level of care required; additional charges apply for services listed below)
- D0120 Periodic oral evaluation: (No Charge)
- D0150 Comprehensive oral evaluation: (No Charge)
Radiographs (included in fee)
- D0124 Complete FMX series
- D0330 Orthopan film
- D0270 Single film
- D0272 Bitewings–two films
- D0274 Bitewings-four films
- D0277 Bitewings–vertical-seven to eight films
- D0240 Occlusal film
- D1110 Prophylaxis-adult 13-18 yrs $30; 19+ yrs.: $40 GPC employees/students: $25
- D1120 Prophylaxis – child 12 years and younger: $25
- D1203 Fluoride Treatment – child (No Charge)
- D1204 Fluoride Treatment – adult (No Charge)
- D4341 Scaling, root debridement by quadrant: $70 entire mouth GSU employees/students: $25
- D4342 Scaling, root debridement: $60 GSU employees/students: $25
- D4346 Scaling, generalized moderate or severe gingivitis $50 GSU employees/students: $25
- D4910 Periodontal Maintenance: $50 GSU employees/students: $25
- D1351 Sealants: $2 per tooth
- D1330 Oral hygiene instruction, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and additional aids: (No Charge)
- D1310 Nutritional counseling: (No Charge)
- D1320 Tobacco cessation counseling: (No Charge)
*Fee Schedule Subject To Change
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get a Dental Hygiene Application?
The application is available on the Dental Hygiene website during the enrollment period, mid–October through mid-January.
What are the academic requirements of the program?
Progression in the Dental Hygiene Program
Successful completion of the dental hygiene program depends on satisfactory academic and clinical performance each semester and adherence to all college/department policies. A final course grade of >75% is required to earn credit in each course in the professional dental hygiene curriculum.
Students must pass each course’s final exam with a minimum score of 75% to progress in the dental hygiene program. If a final exam score of 75% or higher is not achieved on a final exam, the student must retake the final exam and score > 75% before the start of the next semester to progress in the dental hygiene program. The original score earned will remain as the score recorded for the course grade.
Grading Policies and Requirements
All dental hygiene students must:
- Achieve a 75% or higher score to be awarded credit for all dental hygiene courses. Failure to complete all courses will result in dismissal from
the dental hygiene program.
- Complete all clinical requirements.
- Fulfill all course requirements according to the timeline in the course syllabus
Academic Progression Policy
A minimum grade of C (75%) is required for a student to earn credit in all dental hygiene courses. No credit will be awarded toward the dental hygiene degree for a grade of D or F.
A student who earned a D or F in a course must retake the course and make a grade of C (75%) or better to continue in the Dental Hygiene program.
A student will have to wait until the next time the course is offered to retake the course and audit any course co-requisites and courses in the program of study offered during the semester. This may result in delayed graduation.
A student who earns a grade of D or F more than twice in the same course or different courses will be dismissed from the program.
Are there information sessions for applying to the Dental Hygiene pathway?
The Georgia State University Perimeter College Dental Hygiene program annually presents two dental hygiene information sessions. Dental hygiene program admission requirements, the application process, and costs associated with the dental hygiene program will be discussed. You will learn about the dental hygiene profession and receive important information about how to be successful in the dental hygiene program. Registration is required to attend a session. The dates for the 2022 information sessions are September 20, 2022 and October 20, 2022. Both information sessions are conducted virtually using WebEx meeting software.
Contact the dental hygiene program administrative assistant, Kalyn Babb, at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for one of the sessions.
Where should I go to receive advisement about the Dental Hygiene pathway?
The University Advisement Center at Perimeter College has trained counselors available for student advisement. When you enroll at Perimeter College, you will meet with an advisor at your new student orientation. If you are transferring to the college and do online orientation to the college, you can call the University Advisement Center to make an appointment to speak with an advisor. At this meeting, you should discuss your plans of pursuing the Dental Hygiene pathway. Your college advisor will develop a course progression map for you to follow for the general education coursework necessary for applying to the dental hygiene program. Only general information about the program is offered at the Dental Hygiene office. At the department level, there are no trained counselors to review transcripts and plan a course progression map.
What classes are needed before I can apply to your program?
Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene program requires COMPLETION of the following with a grade of C or better and a minimum 2.5 GPA:
- CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1151L
- BIOL 2110 & BIOL 2110L (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part I)
- BIOL 2120 & BIOL 2120L (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part II)
There are other core courses that are needed to earn an associate degree in Dental Hygiene but the above listed courses (1-3) are the ones required before you can APPLY.
Will I need to submit a letter of recommendation with my application to the program?
No, we do not take letters of recommendation into consideration.
Do I need to send transcripts to your department?
No. You must be a current student at Georgia State University Perimeter College to apply to the Dental Hygiene program. Even if you are a college graduate, you must apply to the college as a transfer student in order to have your transcript evaluated. Part of the application process to the college is to submit your transcripts to Admissions. When you are notified that your admittance to the college is complete, you should make an appointment with a counselor from the University Advisement Center at any campus of the Georgia State University Perimeter College to discuss your intent to apply to the dental hygiene program.
Is advanced placement allowed in the dental hygiene program?
There is no advanced placement permitted for the professional program. Regardless of their level of education prior to transferring to the college, all applicants accepted to the program are required to attend the five semesters of the professional Dental Hygiene program. There are no exceptions made for any applicant to the dental hygiene program.
I am a non-traditional student, but I have college credits from more than 7 years ago. Will those credits transfer to Perimeter College?
Perimeter College is part of Georgia State University, which is a member of the University System of Georgia with full accreditation, therefore college credits from other accredited institutions will transfer to Perimeter. However, the science courses (listed pre-requisites and BIOL 2300 with the corresponding lab) are only acceptable as meeting the Dental Hygiene program requirements within seven (7) years of application date. This is because Dental Hygiene is a highly science-based program, and the required science courses for this program are essential in your studies. To be up-to-date on the latest science education, we require a maximum maturity of seven years for those courses.
Do I have to take ALL of the courses listed on the Program of Study for Dental Hygiene before I can apply?
No, you are only required to complete the three (3) science courses listed to apply. It is encouraged to complete as many of the 37 credits in the core curriculum as possible before applying the Dental Hygiene program in order to make your application competitive. Competition for entry into the program is intense.
What are the benefits of starting college as a Georgia State University student (any campus) as opposed to being a transfer student to Georgia State University?
All the general education courses required for Georgia State University Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene program are offered on all of the campuses of Georgia State University. The advantage of taking the required courses for Dental Hygiene at Georgia State University (any campus) is that you are certain that you are satisfying the requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program of Study. When a student transfers to Georgia State University, courses transferred from other institutions may be evaluated as general education credits and not as satisfying the requirements of the Dental Hygiene Program of Study. This may require the student who transferred to Georgia State University to take additional coursework to satisfy graduation requirements for the Dental Hygiene program.
I am a self-supporting single parent. How can I fit my hectic lifestyle within the guidelines of your program and keep my full-time job?
Realizing you are coming to this program with the intentions of either changing your profession or enhancing your skills, your ultimate goal is to become a dental hygienist. Unlike other disciplines within the college (ie: English, Math, Science), in Dental Hygiene you are working toward a career.
Any means of supporting your family that you may have depended on in the past may need to be adjusted to meet the needs of your new career goals.
Can I get points for work experience and/or certification in the dental field?
There will be a total of one additional admission point given for education and either certification as a dental assistant or an earned bachelor’s degree in health science. Work experience in the dental field does not qualify for additional admission points.
If I am accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program how many days/hours can I expect to be in class or on campus?
Dental Hygiene classes and clinic are scheduled Monday through Thursday and can be as early as 7 a.m. and end as late as 5 p.m. You may have off days and breaks in between classes as the schedule varies from semester to semester. There will be times when the schedule is as consuming as a full-time job, and it is strongly suggested that students in the program not work and complete all of their general education requirements prior to starting the program.
How many times can I reapply to the program?
There are no limits to the number of times an applicant can reapply.
What is the scope of practice of a dental hygienist in the state of Georgia?
The scope of practice of a dental hygienist in the state of Georgia is provided by the Georgia Board of Dentistry
What happens after I am informed that I have been admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program?
Admission decisions are communicated to all qualified applicants at the end of March or the beginning of April. If you are notified that you have been accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program, you will be required:
- Attend a mandatory online orientation in April.
- Complete the following tasks and make the following purchases by August 1.
|Secure and submit a completed medical history report from your physician||Scrub uniform, lab coats, and clinic shoes|
|Secure and submit a completed dental report from your dentist||Dental typodont|
|Be tested for TB||Dental Hygiene Program Name Tag|
|Complete the Hepatitis B vaccination series and titer||Face shield|
|Take a drug test||Dental Hygiene Supply Kit|
|Complete sign, and submit the bloodborne pathogens, dental hygiene practice act, and off-site clinic eligibility forms||
- Attend a two-day face-to-face fall freshman orientation the week before the first day of fall semester courses.
Specific information and instructions will be provided during the online orientation.