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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 77 semester hours — 37 hours in core curriculum, which can be taken on most campuses or online, and 40 hours for the professional part of the dental hygiene program, which must be taken at the Dunwoody Campus during the day. The professional part of the program requires five consecutive semesters. Additional semesters are required to complete the general education coursework.

Where can I take classes?
Dunwoody, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Dental Hygiene, A.S.

What is Dental Hygiene?

Dental Hygiene encompasses the relationship between oral health care and total body health. Providing individualized oral hygiene care requires knowledge in the application of principles of biomedical, clinical and social sciences. The profession demonstrates ethical principles of health care, appropriate communication skills and critical thinking skills while delivering consistent, safe clinical treatment to patients, families, groups and communities in a variety of health care settings.

Accredited by the American Dental Association, the Perimeter College Dental Hygiene guided pathway is a two-year, five-semester course of study that begins each fall. Graduates who earn an associate degree are eligible to join a preventive oral health profession that promotes quality health and education in a variety of practice settings.

Why Study Dental Hygiene?

A dental hygienist has the opportunity to influence a patient’s overall health by providing knowledgeable oral hygiene treatment. The profession requires an interest in science and health care and, equally important, a desire to work with and help people.

Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene guided pathway is approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and accredited by the American Dental Association. The pathway offers a dynamic and licensed faculty, advanced training in dental technology equipment, service learning opportunities and the potential for advanced degree transfer.

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program

This program requires special admission. The Dental Hygiene sequence of professional courses starts only in the fall semester, and enrollment is limited. Official notification of acceptance to the program is confirmed by the Department of Dental Hygiene. Admission requirements include the following:

  • Acceptance to Perimeter College of Georgia State University
  • Satisfaction of all Learning Support requirements
  • Additional requirements as defined by the Department of Dental Hygiene

Applicants should visit the Dental Hygiene website for additional information.

Pathway Highlights

“Perimeter had a really good reputation, and I wanted to go to the best school. I was so pleased once I got in the program to find the teachers genuinely care about your success as a student and as a person. They really helped me ignite my passion and realize my dream of being a dental hygienist.”

Julie Ferguson
2016 Perimeter College graduate


Pathway Details

Before submitting an application to the Georgia State/Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must be current students at Georgia State University Perimeter College.

To apply: Transfer students FIRST must complete steps 1,2,3,4 by the announced deadline. Current students at Georgia State must complete steps 2,3,4 by the announced deadline.

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.

STEP 1. Complete the Perimeter College Admission Process by the Announced Deadline:

  1. Apply for admission to Georgia State Perimeter College.
  • Students must apply to, be accepted and receive an acceptance letter from Georgia State University/Perimeter College prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. Students who miss the application deadline CANNOT be considered for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program. Students should indicate on the college application form that their major is “Health Science.”

STEP 2. Complete Three Science Courses Prior to Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Three science prerequisites are required to be completed prior to applying to the program.

  1. College Chemistry 1151 prerequisite completion of CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L within the last seven (7) years with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. College Biology 2251 (previously 2110) prerequisite completion of BIOL 2251(Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part 1) and BIOL 2251L (Lab) within the last seven (7) years with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. College Biology 2252 (previously 2120) prerequisite completion of BIOL2252 (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part 2) and BIOL 2252L (Lab) within the last seven (7) years with a grade of “C” or better.

STEP 3. Additional requirements.

  • General Education Courses, College Science, Chemistry and Biology GPA
    To be competitive for consideration into the Dental Hygiene Program it is strongly encouraged that applicants have a GPA of 2.50 or higher for courses required in the Dental Hygiene Program of Study. Applicants who earn a grade lower than a “C” in English 1101 or in any of the required science courses in the Dental Hygiene Program of Study are not eligible for admission to the program (The course must be retaken with a grade of C or better earned). Science courses and English 1101 taken after admissions to the Dental Hygiene Program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to meet graduation requirements. See the Perimeter College course catalog for “Graduation Requirements.”
  • Exit from all learning support courses or requirements.
    Students in ESL and/or Learning Support (Developmental Studies) must complete the required classes for these areas prior to application.
  • Admission points are accumulated based upon General Education CORE, College Science, College Chemistry and College Biology Grade Point Averages (GPA). Therefore, some general education courses must be completed prior to application to accumulate a general education GPA.

Submit an application during the open application period, which is the month of January in the year you wish to start the program.

STEP 4. Submit an application.

Submit the Dental Hygiene application directly to the Dental Hygiene program during the open application period, which is the month of January in the year you wish to start the program.  The application is only available during the open enrollment period on the Dental Hygiene website, and it is located under the FORMS heading.


The Dental Hygiene pathway requires 37 hours of General Education and 40 Professional Curriculum hours of required courses appropriate to the Dental Hygiene pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

The Georgia State University Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program is fully 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.

Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program, the student earns an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Successful completion of the National Boards, the Jurisprudence exam (written exams) and CRDTS (clinical exam) are essential before she/he is eligible to apply for licensure in Georgia. When the student is granted a license to practice in the State of Georgia, the graduate is qualified to seek employment as an (RDH) Registered Dental Hygienist.



Dental hygienists are sought for clinical and administrative roles in a variety of settings such as:

  • Corporate environments
  • Correctional institutions
  • Dental offices education
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Public health research

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduates of the dental hygiene program provide clinical services in a variety of settings such as private dental practice, community health settings, prisons, schools, in education, research, sales and marketing, public health, administration and government. These are just a few of our alumni.

Becky Weinman (Class of 1977) practiced dental hygiene and then went on to dental school and practiced dentistry for many years. She is now actively involved in many nonprofit organizations giving back to the community.

Denise McCance (Class of 1979), after many years in private practice, starts a free dental clinic for Walton County.

Henry Delsania (Class of 2016) is now attending dental school at Augusta University after practicing dental hygiene.

Marcy Heflin (Class of 2018) has found her balance in life. She practices hygiene, supports her family’s activities and finds time to participate in a local theater.


For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Dental Hygiene Program Chair
Risa Handman
Room NC1361
[email protected]

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