Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science
This program trains students to educate patients on proper oral health care procedures, maintain patient recall systems, and expose and process x-rays. Community service is a major component.
The mission of the Greenville Technical College Dental Hygiene program is to graduate students that will become licensed dental professionals who demonstrate the ability to function as a member of a dental team in the delivery of care. Graduates will be clinically skilled and competent entry-level dental hygienists that instill a respect for the dental hygiene profession and have a desire for continued professional development and community service.
Acceptable placement test score(s)
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
The program is designed as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes most of the general education and related course work and may be completed at Greenville Tech or at any articulating college. Upon successful completion of all Phase I courses, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, which includes all of the dental hygiene course work. Applications for Phase II must be postmarked no later than May 1. Students are selected based on weighted admission criteria.
- Phase I: Day, night
- Phase II: Day (some courses require evenings)
- Phase II is located at Greenville Tech’s Barton Campus and a variety of off-campus clinical facilities. Students must be eligible to go to each off-campus site based on each site’s criteria.
- Students from articulating colleges must be able to travel to and/or locate accommodations near Greenville Tech’s Barton Campus.
Dental offices, public health departments, sales, education, research
Registered Dental Hygienist (subject to passing National Boards and State or Regional licensure exam)
- Graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Hygiene National Board exam and a regional or state practical exam.
Commission on Accreditation, American Dental Association
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/dental/.
Phase I admission requirements
- Must meet college admission requirements.
- Complete a Career Talk session for the major within a year prior to being accepted into Phase II.
- Take the TEAS test.
Phase II admission requirements
- Meet all requirements for Phase I.
- Complete a weighted admissions form by the designated date. Students are selected based on a “weighted admissions policy” and space availability. Once accepted, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the seat.
- Attain a minimum technical GPA of 3.0 in all Phase I courses.
- All Phase I courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C” on the first or second attempt. BIO prefix courses may not be more than five years old
- Submit a physical exam form (see details in the School of Health Sciences admissions requirements).
- Submit proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Providers course in CPR once accepted into Phase II.
- Submit an acceptable criminal background check and a negative drug screen before beginning the clinical phase.
- Be prepared to purchase required supplies, instruments and uniforms.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule for the traditional Dental Hygiene (two-year program). Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for recommended evening schedules.
|MAT 120||Probability and Statistics* 1||3|
|BIO 210||Anatomy & Physiology I* 1||4|
|CHM 105||General Organic & Biochemistry 1||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition I* 1||3|
|BIO 225||Microbiology* 1||4|
|BIO 211||Anatomy & Physiology II* 1||4|
|PSY 201||General Psychology* 1||3|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking* 1||3|
|Phase II (Requires acceptance into the program.)|
|AHS 113||Head & Neck Anatomy||1|
|DHG 121||Dental Radiography||3|
|DHG 125||Tooth Morphology & Histology||2|
|DHG 161||Clinical DHG I Foundations||4|
|DHG 231||Dental Health Education||1|
|DHG 115||Medical & Dental Emergencies||2|
|DHG 140||General & Oral Pathology||2|
|DHG 165||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||5|
|DHG 244||Dental Materials||3|
|DHG 143||Dental Pharmacology||2|
|DHG 175||Clinical Dental Hygiene II||5|
|DHG 241||Integrated Dental Hygiene I||1|
|DHG 232||Community Oral Health Outreach||2|
|DHG 255||Clinical Dental Hygiene III||5|
|BIO 240||Nutrition 2||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology* 2||3|
|DHG 242||Integrated Dental Hygiene II||1|
|DHG 265||Clinical Dental Hygiene IV||5|
|HSS 295||Leadership Through the Humanities 2||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||83|
General education course - students must take prior to acceptance to Phase II.
Denotes general education classes that may be taken during or prior to the beginning of Phase II. Most successful candidates take these classes while they are taking Phase I to gain the points associated with the grades earned in those classes.