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 philosophy of the dental hygiene program is to provide a comprehensive, quality education in the classroom, clinic, and community.
Goal 1 – Provide comprehensive dental hygiene education and training to meet community workforce needs.
Goal 2 – Provide opportunities for students and graduates to advance technical training and research opportunities.
Goal 3 – Maximize student retention and program completion rates by maintaining the quality of healthcare graduates.
Goal 4 – Seek ongoing capacity development and quality improvement for the dental hygiene 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.
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, Associate of Science in Nursing, 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 admission 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: Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
See Pre-Dental Hygiene Core Course Sequence in the Catalog under the Graduation Plan section.
See Dental Hygiene Degree Program in the Catalog under the Graduation Plan section.
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 email@example.com.
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.
We would like to announce the beginning of the Pre-program Orientation Sessions! These sessions are only offered to those students who have completed all 38 hours of the required core courses, or those who will have them completed by the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
Please call or email Kim Duncan at 770-533-6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
The sessions are scheduled to be held:
Dr. David Byers
Dental Hygiene Program Director