Course Catalog

Dental Hygiene - DH13 Degree

Program Description: The Dental Hygiene degree is Valdosta State University's cooperative program offered on the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College campus. Students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Valdosta State. The program consists of a combination of academic core courses at VSU and clinical training provided at WGTC. Clinical Training begins annually fall semester. Because of the depth and scope of training, the program utilizes a competitive admission process for selection of students. The top 14 candidates are admitted to the program.

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.

Upon graduation from the program, graduates must pass the Dental Hygiene National Board and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service clinical exam in order to obtain a license to practice dental hygiene.

“The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.”

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Students should apply to Valdosta State University for acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program and declare dental hygiene as their major. Each student will be assigned a dental hygiene advisor at VSU. Transfer students are accepted to the university, but are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours at VSU to satisfy the residency requirement.
  • Acceptance to the clinical portion of the program is a competitive process. The application deadline for application is immediately following the end of spring semester each year. The students selected at the end of spring semester will begin the program fall semester. The dental hygiene clinical program is 5 semesters in length.
  • The program application is closed at this time.

**Note to the Dental Hygiene Candidates for the Class of 2020**

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic all testing centers were closed and many students were unable to sit for the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE). In light of this situation, the HOAE requirement will be removed from the 2020 admissions cycle. No HOAE score will be required! All other requirements are the same and applications must be completed by the June 15th deadline.

Please note that changes for the HOAE and the application deadline only apply to the 2020 admissions cycle.

The Pre-application Meeting will not be required this year. A face to face meeting or a WebEx meeting will be held for accepted students and alternates following the completion of the acceptance and selection process. Please be sure to check your email for the date and format of this meeting beginning June 20th. Attendance will be required.

Thank you all for your patience! We understand that you have had many questions and concerns..... and rightfully so! This has been an unprecedented time of change for everyone. If you have additional questions, continue to reach out to sandi.woodward@wiregrass.edu or kdhiggs@valdosta.edu or camden.reynolds@wiregrass.edu.

Finally, we would like to develop a list of all students that have read and understand the necessary changes to the dental hygiene application process. Please follow the following link to a brief survey. Complete the requested information and submit.

Everyone be safe and well!

Please visit the Valdosta State University website for information on General Education Core Requirements.

Start Terms:

  • The clinical portion of this program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.

The mission of the Dental Programs is to provide quality instruction, enabling students to develop knowledge, skills, and work ethics to acquire and retain entry level positions in the dental profession.

The dental programs at Wiregrass are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Please see the following links for information related to complaints and third Party comments.

Formal Complaint Process
Policy on Third Party Comments

Contact Information for CODA is:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312/440-4653
www.ada.org/coda

PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

Curriculum
General Core Courses 44
General Education Core - See the Valdosta State University website for more information (44 Hours) 44
Occupational Courses 48
DHYG 1040 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 2
DHYG 1030 Dental Material 2
DHYG 1050 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lab 2
DHYG 1070 Radiology Lecture 2
DHYG 1080 Oral Biology 5
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 2200 Periodontology 3
DHYG 2020 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lab 2
DHYG 2050 General and Oral Pathology/Pathophysiology 3
DHYG 2090 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Lab 4
DHYG 2070 Community Dental Health 3
DHYG 2080 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
DHYG 2105 Nutrition 1
DHYG 2130 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lecture 2
DHYG 2140 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lab 4
Faculty & Staff
Advisor

Director of Dental Programs, Valdosta Campus

Berrien Hall, 200 Wing, Rm 220

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