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Dental Hygiene
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  The Dental Hygiene Program consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the dental profession as a dental hygienist. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science Degree, and are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and The Central Regional Dental Testing Services Examination, both of which are required for licensure to practice dental hygiene in the state of Georgia.


The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is


The philosophy of the dental hygiene program is to provide a comprehensive, quality education in the classroom, clinic, and community.

Program Goals

Goal 1 – Provide comprehensive dental hygiene education and training to meet community workforce needs.
  • Encourage professionalism and ethics in all endeavors.
  • Develop communication.
  • Develop motor skills to provide efficient and safe patient care.
  • Provide didactic training to create a knowledgeable graduate.
  • Introduce students to volunteer-based community services.

Goal 2 – Provide opportunities for students and graduates to advance technical training and research opportunities.
  • Pursue articulation agreements with institutions of higher learning.
  • Recognize diverse career pathways for dental hygienists.
  • Promote lifelong learning among students and graduates.
  • Develop evidence-based research skills through community service projects.

Goal 3 – Maximize student retention and program completion rates by maintaining the quality of healthcare graduates.
  • Recognize program candidates best suited for success in the program.
  • Provide advisement for student improvement.
  • Review and evaluate student pass rates on the National Board and Regional Board (CRDTS).
  • Monitor job placement rates

Goal 4 – Seek ongoing capacity development and quality improvement for the dental hygiene program.
  • Acquire and maintain equipment to provide learning opportunities in all aspects of dental hygiene care.
  • Participate in continuing education to maintain properly educated faculty and staff.
  • Manage an institutional effectiveness model including assessment, evaluation and planning for continuous improvement of the dental hygiene program.

Program Information

The Dental Hygiene Degree program admits fifteen students once per year at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The length of the program is 5 semesters, including a summer semester, over a period of 21 months. Interested students must first enter the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree program to meet the minimum core requirements. Acceptance into the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree program and meeting the minimum requirements for program admission does not guarantee an applicant’s acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Degree program.

Entrance Requirements

Admission into the Dental Hygiene Degree program involves a competitive selection process. In order to be considered for program admission, the applicant must:
  • Apply for admission to Lanier Technical College. Select the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree as your major. If you have completed all your core coursework and you are transferring from another college, apply for the summer semester prior to the fall semester you plan to begin the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Complete all 38 hours of core coursework prior to the May 15th deadline with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 with the core classes.
  • All transcripts from prior colleges must be received by LTC prior to the May 15th deadline.
  • Take the TEAS for Allied Health test. Print a hard copy of the results to submit with your application.
  • Attend one of the pre-program orientation sessions for Dental Hygiene. These sessions will be announced in February or March.
  • Submit all completed Dental Hygiene Program admission documentation to the Dental Hygiene Department Administrative Assistant by May 15th.

Program Requirements  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How time intensive is the program?
The program is very time intensive. The program schedule will be similar to a full-time job and will include both didactic courses and clinical requirements. There will also be outside school requirements that may occur after hours or on weekends. The student is expected to have a flexible schedule in order to meet these requirements.

What is my declared major while taking the core courses?
A student planning to gain entry into one of the Allied Health competitive admissions programs at Lanier Technical College can meet that goal by first enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science Interdisciplinary Studies degree. This degree includes all the core courses required to gain admission into the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, Health Information Management Technology, Surgical Technology, and Physical Therapy Assistant. Enrollment in the AIS degree allows the student to customize their core courses to meet the requirements to gain entry into their field of choice, but since admissions is competitive, it provides additional opportunities to those who do not initially meet the criteria. Once the student gains admission into the desired program, their major will be changed accordingly. Details concerning the AIS degree can found viewed at:

What courses must be taken to be considered for the Dental Hygiene Degree program?
See Pre-Dental Hygiene Core Courses.

Is there a suggested sequence to meet the core courses requirements?
See Core Sequence.

What courses may be taken to satisfy the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement?
Courses offered at Lanier Technical College that will meet this requirement include ARTS 1101, HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ENGL 2110, and ENGL 2130.

Do I have to take all the core courses at LTC or can I transfer in coursework?
The core classes can be taken at other institutions and transferred to Lanier Technical College. If the course title is not identical the student should not assume that the course will transfer. If there are any questions concerning the transfer of courses to LTC the Registrar should be contacted at

What is the deadline to have all information submitted to apply for program admission?
The deadline to submit the application information is May 15th or the following Monday if May 15th occurs on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Completed applications should be delivered to the Dental Hygiene Administrative Assistant.

What paperwork should be turned in to the Dental Hygiene Administrative Assistant to complete my application to the DHYG program?
  • -Completed Dental Hygiene Program Application
  • -Copy of TEAS score (include a copy for every time the test has been attempted)
  • -Verification of attendance for pre-program orientation session

What courses will I take after entering the Dental Hygiene Degree program?
See Dental Hygiene Graduation Plan.

Is there any other information I should know?
  • The 15 students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Degree program will be required to obtain CPR certification. Arrangements will be made during the summer semester prior to program entry for the new cohort of 15 students to receive CPR certification.
  • Proof of current immunizations will need to be provided.
  • Program applicants should be aware of the Bloodborne Pathogens / Infectious Diseases Policy in relation to patient care.
  • Estimated program costs.

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Significant Points [+]

  • A dental hygienist must receive a license issued by the Georgia Board of Dentistry to practice in the state of Georgia.
  • Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations.
  • To apply for a dental hygiene license in Georgia the dental hygienist must have a degree from an accredited dental hygiene school, have passed the jurisprudence examination for the state of Georgia, have passed the National Dental Hygiene Examination, and have passed the Central Regional Dental Testing Services (CRDTS) Examination.
  • Although background checks are not required by the Lanier Technical College Dental Hygiene Program, individuals should be aware that the Georgia Board of Dentistry requires the following information for dental hygiene licensure:
    Have you ever been summoned, arrested, taken into custody, indicted, convicted or tried for, or charged with, or pled guilty to, or pled nolo contender to a violation of any law or ordinance or the commission of any felony or misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations), (DWI &DUIs’ are not minor traffic violations), or have you been requested to appear before a prosecuting attorney or investigative agency in any matter?

    (Although a conviction may have been expunged from the records by order of court, it nevertheless must be disclosed in your answer to this question). If yes, for each occurrence furnish a written statement giving the complete facts in your own words, including in such statement the date, name and nature of the offense, the name and locality of the court, and the disposition of each such matter. You must attach the court disposition.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Dr. David Byers  
      Dental Hygiene Program Director
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6932

      Vanessa Jones  
      Dental Hygiene Instructor & Clinical Coordinator
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6948

      Lisa Linville  
      Dental Hygiene Instructor and Clinical Coordinator
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6970

    Nature of the Work [+]

    The dental hygienist is a vital member of the dental care team who offers a variety of services. Hygienists work with people to identify their tooth care needs, provide services that help them keep their teeth healthy throughout life, and work closely with the dentist to ensure that treatment needs are met. Those who enter the field should be caring people who enjoy the opportunity to be with others, communicate their expertise to clients, and enjoy working with their hands. Dental hygienists are licensed to practice under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

    Dental hygienists can perform the following tasks:
    • take and record dental and medical histories
    • perform oral examinations
    • scale and polish teeth
    • apply topical fluoride treatments
    • prepare diagnostic casts
    • perform periodontal root planning procedures
    • expose and process dental x-rays
    • apply sealants
    • implement patient education programs
    • perform nutritional counseling
    • discuss smoking cessation
    • other duties approved by the state Board of Dentistry

    Work Environment [+]

    Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lighted offices. Important health safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and the use of appropriate protective devices when administering anesthetic gas. Dental hygienists also wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. Dental hygienists also should be careful to avoid possible shoulder and neck injury from sitting for long periods of time while working with patients. Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are common. Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. In 2008, about half of all dental hygienists worked part time—less than 35 hours a week.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    High schools students interested in becoming dental hygienists should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Most dental hygiene programs require applicants to have completed at least one year of college as students are meeting the core requirements. Specific entrance requirements typically vary from one school to another.

    In 2008, there were 301 dental hygiene programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Most dental hygiene programs grant an associate degree, although some also offer a certificate, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. A minimum of an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene is generally required for practice in a private dental office. A bachelor’s or master’s degree usually is required for research, teaching, or corporate sales and marketing.

    Schools offer laboratory, clinical, and classroom instruction in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, radiography, histology, periodontology, pathology, dental materials, clinical dental hygiene, and social and behavioral sciences.

    Other qualifications. Dental hygienists should work well with others because they work closely with dentists and dental assistants, as well as dealing directly with patients. Hygienists also need good manual dexterity, because they use dental instruments within patient’s mouths, with little room for error.

    Certification and advancement. Dental hygienists must be licensed by the State in which they practice. Nearly all States require candidates to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass both a written and clinical examination. The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations administers the written examination, which is accepted by all States and the District of Columbia. State or regional testing agencies administer the clinical examination. In addition, most states require an examination on the legal aspects of dental hygiene practice.

    Advancement. Advancement opportunities usually come from working outside a typical dentist’s office, and usually require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in dental hygiene. Some dental hygienists may choose to pursue a career teaching at a dental hygiene program, working in public health, or working in a corporate setting.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations. Job prospects are expected to be favorable in most areas, but competition for jobs is likely in some areas.

    Job Prospects. Job prospects are expected to be favorable in most areas, but will vary by geographical location. Because graduates are permitted to practice only in the State in which they are licensed, hygienists wishing to practice in areas that have an abundance of dental hygiene programs may experience strong competition for jobs.

    Older dentists, who have been less likely to employ dental hygienists, are leaving the occupation and will be replaced by recent graduates, who are more likely to employ one or more hygienists. In addition, as dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more hygienists to perform preventive dental care, such as cleaning, so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures.

    Employment change. Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 36 percent through 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and more use of hygienists.

    The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing emphasis on preventative dental care. To help meet this demand, facilities that provide dental care, particularly dentists' offices, will increasingly employ dental hygienists, often to perform services that have been performed by dentists in the past. Ongoing research indicating a link between oral health and general health also will spur the demand for preventative dental services, which are typically provided by dental hygienists.

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