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Dental Hygiene focuses on the relationship between oral health care and a patient’s total body health.
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. GPC prepares its students to handle the important responsibilities of a career in Dental Hygiene with a rigorous Associate of Science degree career program.
“The rigorous, hands-on experience challenged me to learn skills that I didn't have before. Instructors made sure I was set up for success in passing national and state exams to receive licensure.”
Katie Thompson, GPC Alumnus, 2010
Our program of study carries special admission requirements. Among them:
Acceptance to Georgia Perimeter College
Satisfaction of all Learning Support requirements
Successful completion of both portions of the Regents' Test
Additional requirements as defined by GPC’s Dental Hygiene Department
Graduates are eligible to take the National Board Examination for Dental Hygienists, the Central Regional Dental Testing Examination and/or state/regional licensure exams.
Qualified dental hygienists are in demand. Workplace options include:
Private dental offices
Public health agencies
Dental, pharmaceutical or product sales companies
Information That Will Make YOU Smile!
The average salary for a dental hygienist is $67,000 annually or $32 hourly, depending on education, experience and geographic location.
Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticsfor additional salary and job information.
Why Start at GPC?
GPC’s Dental Hygiene program is approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and accredited by the American Dental Association for good reason. Our program offers a dynamic and licensed faculty, advanced training in dental technology equipment, service learning opportunities and opportunity for advanced degree transfer. For more information about the required courses in Dentail Hygiene at GPC, view the Dental Hygiene Advisement Form or our online catalog.