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Dental hygienists in a clinical role assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate and document treatment for prevention, intervention and control of oral diseases, while practicing in collaboration with other health professionals. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
The Dental Hygiene curriculum teaches the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills that will enable prospective dental hygienist to provide the highest quality of care to patients. It also integrates of and promotes the interrelationship between general education, biomedical science, dental science, dental hygiene science, and clinical practice components of preventative dental hygiene services. Upon completing degree requirements, graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs are eligible to take the written National Board Examination for Dental Hygiene, the Central Regional Dental Testing Service clinical exam, and /or the clinical board given in the state chosen for practice. After graduation, dental hygienists can find jobs in private dental practices, community clinics, hospitals, university clinics, prison facilities, nursing homes, or schools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for dental hygienists is $77,810. There are many opportunities to pursue further education after our program including; sales representative, corporate administrator, researcher, educator, or administrator.
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The students provide dental hygiene care not only on campus in the dental clinic, but also at Athens Nurses Clinic and the UGA Dental Clinic. Community Dental Health is huge part of the Dental Hygiene Department at ATC. The lab, classroom, and clinic area provide students with real-world dental office equipment and simulations. The program allows the students to move through the curriculum working on simulated manikins, to working on peers, to working on live patients in the on-campus dental clinic.
Formal Articulation Agreements
We do not currently have any formal articulation agreements for this program. However, some students do contine their education at other college and universities. If you have questions about transfer eligibility, please reach out to the program chair.
DHYG 2050- Pathology DHYG 1110- Clinical Dental Hygiene 1 DHYG 2200- Periodontology