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Dental Hygiene

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.

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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.

 Perimeter College Students Planning on applying to the Dental Hygiene Pathway

To apply to the dental hygiene pathway, a student must:

  1. Be currently enrolled at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College.
  2. Have completed CHEM1151 (Survey of Chemistry).
  3. Have completed BIOL2110 and BIOL2120 (Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 and corresponding labs).
  4. Have completed 20 hours of shadowing experience with a dental hygienist.
  5. Have completed all science courses within the last seven years.
  6. Submit an application before 5 p.m. of the January deadline for the following fall semester.

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
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1990.10 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 Credit Hours):
  • 9 Credit Hours)BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1151L Suvery of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • ENGL 1101 English Composition I (3 Credit Hours) (“C” or better is required)
  • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 1101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 1500] Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
Professional Curriculum for Dental Hygiene                                                                         
Required Courses (40):
  • [DHYG 1901] Dental Hygiene I (3 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1911] Clinical Dental Hygiene I(2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1921K] Dental Tissues (4 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1923K] Dental Radiology (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1904] The Dental Process of Care and Medical Emergencies(1 Credit Hour)
  • [DHYG 1905] Dental Hygiene II: Special Needs Patient Care (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1914] Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1915] Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1916] Oral Pathology (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 1906] Dental Hygiene III: Nutrition for the Dental Hygienist (1 Credit Hour)
  • [DHYG 1928K] Dental Materials (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2907] Dental Hygiene IV: Advanced Concepts in Dental Hygiene Practice I (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2909] Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (4 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2924] Public Health I (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2923] Dental Pharmacology and Anesthesiology (2 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2908] Dental Hygiene V: Advanced Concepts in Dental Hygiene Practice II (1 Credit Hour)
  • [DHYG 2912] Clinical Dental Hygiene V(4 Credit Hours)
  • [DHYG 2925] Public Health II (1 Credit Hour)
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.


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