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

Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years old and be an official high school graduate or GED recipient. All general education core course work must be successfully completed prior to selection into the program. All applicants must file an application for admission to CGTC and declare Dental Hygiene as their major, along with the nonrefundable application fee.

Entrance into the program is competitive. Students are admitted to the college's Dental Hygiene program through a process of competitive admission that includes four steps. Only those students who meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements will be considered for selection. (1) Successfully complete the required core courses; (2) Complete the PSB Aptitude Examination, 3rd Edition; (3) Submit documentation of previous dental office experience to the Admissions Office; and (4) Submit Progression/Application form to the Registrar's Office.

Dental Hygiene courses are available at the Warner Robins and Macon Campuses. The entrance dates are Summer Semester (Macon Campus) and Fall Semester (Warner Robins Campus).

There is no minimum score for the PSB. Upon successful completion of the required core courses and having taken the PSB exam, students will be considered for selection into the Dental Hygiene program based on the following criteria:

  1. GPA will be calculated according to the following guidelines:
    1. Only courses taken within the required timeframe will be calculated in the GPA.
    2. Scoring: GPA x 100 plus highest PSB score. (90% of admission score)
    3. In the case of multiple attempts at a course(s) to achieve the required course grade or improve a grade, only the two most recent attempts will be calculated in the GPA. In the event that a student previously attempted coursework at institutions other than CGTC, official transcripts will be evaluated to include the two most recent attempts, and grades from any applicable coursework will be calculated in the GPA accordingly.
  2. Dental Experience – 10% of Dental Hygiene admission score – Dental experience is scored based on the type and amount of previous dental experience. Points are awarded according to the following guidelines:
    • Dental Assisting Experience (paid – at least one year or more): 10 points
    • Dental Assisting Experience (paid – less than a year) or 40 or more hours of Dental Hygiene Shadowing: 7 points
    • Dental Hygiene Shadowing (20–39 hours): 5 points
    • Dental Hygiene Shadowing (1–19 hours): 3 points
    • No Dental Hygiene Shadowing: 0 points

The 18 students with the highest admission score will be chosen for the Macon campus (Summer Semester), and the 14 students with the highest admission score will be chosen for the Warner Robins campus (Fall Semester).

Students will be ranked highest to lowest Dental Hygiene admission score. Available program slots are filled from the highest point score, decreasing until the class is filled.

Tiebreaker: In the event of a tie in the ranking, the student's current PSB score will be used as the tiebreaker. In the event that a student has taken the PSB exam more than once, the current PSB scores will be averaged and the average of the two scores will be used in the tiebreaker process.

Students will receive notification from the Admissions Office by phone or e-mail regarding selection results. At that time, instructions will be given as to registration for the upcoming semester and Dental Hygiene program orientation.

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.)

The following core courses must be completed to be considered for selection with a minimum core grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Learning Support Courses (if required)

ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric I
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
BIOL 2117 Microbiology
BIOL 2117L Microbiology Lab
CHEM 1211 Chemistry I
CHEM 1211L Chemistry Lab I
MATH 1111 College Algebra OR
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling

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 34
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
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
BIOL 2117 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117L Microbiology Lab 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
Occupational Courses 49
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