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 and 40 hours for the professional part of the dental hygiene program. 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

Learn more about the online program

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Dunwoody

Application Deadlines

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.

Email: ileo@gsu.edu

Phone: 770-274-5130

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.

Dental Hygiene, A.S.

Email: ileo@gsu.edu

Phone: 770-274-5130

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.

How much 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 and 40 hours for the professional part of the dental hygiene program. 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

Learn more about the online program

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Dunwoody

Application Deadlines

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

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Program 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

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Careers

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.

Pathway Details

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.

9090.10 Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are licensed to provide educational, therapeutic, and preventive services to children and adults in a variety of treatment settings. This career program is designed to prepare students to provide delegated services consisting of scaling and polishing natural and restored teeth; exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs; providing preventive services and planning educational experiences for individuals and groups. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approved without reporting requirements,” which includes both the general educational and professional dental hygiene courses. Satisfactorily completing all program requirements qualifies students to apply for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and individual State Board Exams for licensure.Although the dental hygiene courses are sequential and begin only during the fall semester, students may begin and complete the required general education courses during any semester. The professional curriculum runs five consecutive semesters, including one summer session.This program of study requires special admission as explained below. Contact the Dental Hygiene Department on the Dunwoody Campus for additional information and an application. All professional courses are only offered during the day. 
Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program
This program requires special admission. The Dental Hygiene sequence of professional courses (DHYG) 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 contact the Dental Hygiene office at 770-274-5130 for additional information.

Special Note: The grading scale for all Dental Hygiene courses is:

A: 92 – 100 B: 82 – 91 C: 75 – 81 D: 0 – 74 All Dental Hygiene courses must be completed with a grade of 75 or above to continue in the Dental Hygiene curriculum.

Readmission for Dental Hygiene

Only students who leave the Dental Hygiene program for non-academic reasons may be considered for re-admission/re-entry into the program. The student must initiate a request for re-entry by submitting a letter to the department chair for Dental Hygiene within one year of his or her exit from the program. Contact the Dental Hygiene department chair for additional information.

General Education Required Courses (37 hours):

  • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
  • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1151L Suvery of Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • ENGL 1101 English Composition I (3) (“C” or better is required)
  • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3)
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • POLS 1101 American Government (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Professional Curriculum for Dental Hygiene                                                                         

Required Courses (40 hours): Fall:

  • DHYG 1901 Dental Hygiene I (3)
  • DHYG 1911 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DHYG 1921K Dental Tissues (4)
  • DHYG 1923K Dental Radiology (2)

Spring:

  • DHYG 1904 The Dental Process of Care and Medical Emergencies (1)
  • DHYG 1905 Dental Hygiene II: Special Needs Patient Care (2)
  • DHYG 1914 Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist (2)
  • DHYG 1915 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
  • DHYG 1916 Oral Pathology (2)

Summer:

  • DHYG 1906 Dental Hygiene III: Nutrition for the Dental Hygienist (1)
  • DHYG 1917 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (1)
  • DHYG 1928K Dental Materials (2)

Fall:

  • DHYG 2907 Dental Hygiene IV: Advanced Concepts in Dental Hygiene Practice I (2)
  • DHYG 2909 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (4)
  • DHYG 2924 Public Health I (2)
  • DHYG 2923 Dental Pharmacology and Anesthesiology (2)

Spring:

  • DHYG 2908 Dental Hygiene V: Advanced Concepts in Dental Hygiene Practice II (1)
  • DHYG 2912 Clinical Dental Hygiene V(4)
  • DHYG 2925 Public Health II (1)

Additional Notes:

  • Students are advised that if they are accepted into Dental Hygiene, there are several semesters where the required curriculum does not contain enough hours to meet requirements for financial aid or health insurance. Plan accordingly.
  • This program of study requires special admission including Criminal Background checks and Technical Standards. Contact the Dental Hygiene Department, Dunwoody Campus (770-274-5130), for additional information and an application. All professional courses are offered during the day only with some evening clinic rotations.
  • The Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) does apply to this career program. An applicant that is admitted to the college under this program will be subject to RHSC requirements.

VIEW THE CATALOG

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

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

  1. Apply for admission to Georgia State University 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 Prerequisites Prior to Application to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Three science prerequisites must be completed and transcripts transferred, prior to applying to the program.

  1. College Chemistry 1151 Prerequisite completion of CHEM 1151 And CHEM 1151L within the last seven years with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. College Biology 2110 Prerequisite completion of BIOL 2110(Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part 1) and BIOL 2110L (Lab) within the last seven years with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. College Biology 2120 Prerequisite completion of BIOL2120 (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Part 2) and BIOL 2120L (Lab) within the last seven 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.”
  • 20 Hours of Shadowing Experience
    20 hours of documented observation of a dental hygienist is required for consideration for admission to the program. Applicants must include a Shadowing Form stating the name, license number, address and telephone number of the person with whom you observed and the number of hours observed. The Shadowing Form must be submitted as part of the application to document your dental hygiene observation or experience. It is strongly recommended that applicants acquaint themselves with a variety of dental hygiene settings. There will not be any points given in the area of shadowing. Applicants are required to shadow for 20 hours. You will find the form on our website.
  • 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 open period (October 2018- January 2019)

Take TEAS Exam and Submit  Scores

The ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) TEAS (Test Essential Academic Skills) Allied Health test is part of the application process and must be taken before you submit an application to the dental hygiene program. The test requires ATI registration.

The Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center  does not have dates listed for the TEAS test for this fall. However, there is another alternative offered by ATI for students to take this test.

ATI provides additional independent testing sites for the ATI TEAS Allied Health test through PSI. See a link to “Register for TEAS with PSI” on the ATI testing website.  There are two PSI centers in the Atlanta area.  One is in Marietta and the other is in Duluth. The cost of the exam is $115.

ATI TEAS scores must be submitted directly to the Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program. Indicate (GA State U AH) as the institution to which you are requesting that scores be sent. Scores must be received before the application deadline.

Applicants who have previously taken the ATI TEAS test (either Allied Health or Nursing version) in 2018 may request from the ATI Testing Service that their scores be sent to GA State U AH(Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Department) Only scores from testing taken in 2018 are acceptable. For the dental hygiene application, the ATI TEAS Allied Health exam may be taken only twice during a calendar year.

Applicants must receive a minimum passing score of 63 in the Reading, Mathematics, English and Language Usage and Science sections of the ATI TEAS Allied Health exam before proceeding with the application process to the Dental Hygiene Program. If you are unsuccessful achieving a minimum passing score of 63 in all four of the sections of the ATI TEAS Allied Health test on your first attempt, you may retake the exam once more before the dental hygiene deadline of Jan. 9, 2019.

To apply to the dental hygiene program,  all minimum passing scores of 63 in each of the four sections must be achieved in ONE single test attempt. If you are unsuccessful achieving a minimum score of 63 in all four sections of the ATI TEAS Allied Health test after two attempts, you cannot submit an application for the Georgia State University Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program for fall 2019 admission.

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Contacts

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

Dunwoody Campus
Cherie Rainwater, Associate Chair
crainwater@gsu.edu
770-274-5130

Iris Leo, Administrative Assistant
ileo@gsu.edu
770-274-5130

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