Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Degree Program
The Associate Degree Program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678.
The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Additional Graduation Requirements
In addition to College graduation requirements, the students must have a grade of C or better in all dental hygiene courses.
The Dental Hygiene Program reserves the right to discontinue, at any time, the enrollment of a Dental Hygiene student, if, in the judgment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dental Hygiene faculty, the student does not appear to have the necessary qualifications for dental hygiene. Any student who earns a “D”, “F”, or “W” in any Dental Hygiene Course, will not be allowed to continue on to the next semester within Dental Hygiene. If this is their first “D”, “F”, or “W” the student may re-apply to Dental Hygiene. The Dental Hygiene faculty will determine which previously successfully completed courses, if any, must be repeated by the student for continuity of skill acquisition and/or professional knowledge.
If the student earns a “D” or “F” for a second time, it will result in permanent dismissal from the Dental Hygiene program.
Any student who interrupts enrollment in Dental Hygiene for more than 1 year must repeat all professional course work upon readmission.
Additional Costs and Requirements
Dental Hygiene students will be responsible for additional fees for uniforms, instruments, liability insurance and membership in the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Dental Hygiene Licensure
After successful completion of the five semester Dental Hygiene program which includes both didactic and clinical components; an Associate of Science degree will be awarded. Graduates will then be academically eligible to apply for licensure upon passing a written national board and a regional clinical exam. The Georgia Board of Dentistry has the right to refuse to grant a license to any individual who has been convicted of legal and/or moral violations specified by Georgia law. Additional costs will be incurred for licensure.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Be admitted to Albany State University.
- You may apply on-line at https://www.asurams.edu/admissions/
- Declare Health Science as your primary major and Pre-Dental Hygiene as the secondary major.
- Please do not send the ASU application or the $25 application fee to the DH Program. The two application processes are separate and no additional fee is required when submitting the DH Program application.
- For transfer students, official transcripts must be sent to the ASU Registrar’s Office and must be received by the June 1 deadline.
- Note that admission to the college does not ensure admission to the DH program.
- Submit the completed DH application packet and requirements by the June 1 deadline.
- The student must complete a Dental Hygiene Application and all required forms. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all application material has been completed by utilizing the checklist at the end of the application.
- Any submitted incomplete applications will not be given full considerations.
- Observation Hours
- Must complete a minimum of 24 observational hours in two separate general dentist office locations.
- The hours must be documented and verified/signed by a dentist or registered dental hygienist.
- Observation hours should be spent observing a registered dental hygienist (RDH) performing direct patient care.
- An Observational Hours Form is located within the application packet.
- You may observe more than the required 24 hours, but all hours must be verified.
- Must include a hand written essay explaining why you have chosen DH as a career and why you would be an asset to the profession. (no required length for the essay)
- TEAS Testing
- Include an unofficial copy of your TEAS Score Report
- TEAS information & registration through ATI testing: https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS.aspx
- Registration and fees for testing are the responsibility of the applicant.
- Dental Hygiene Admission Orientation
- Students will be required to sign an acknowledgement form stating he/she will have to attend the mandatory Dental Hygiene Admission Orientation. This will be offered late summer only for those accepted into the professional phase. The orientation will be held on the ASU West campus and will be available via internet viewing for students more than 60 miles away from campus only. While internet viewing will be available, attendance is encouraged as a tour of the dental hygiene clinic will be included in the orientation.
- Completion of core courses.
- See below for a complete list of required DH core curriculum
- A minimum of a 2.5 GPA on DH core curriculum is mandatory.
- While it is strongly advised that all core courses be completed prior to application to the professional phase of the program, it is not mandatory. Only the following courses MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO PROGRAM ADMISSION FOR FALL SEMSETER and are considered pre-requisites:
Science courses must not be older than 10 years at the time of program application.
These pre-requisites courses must be completed or in progress for spring semester of the year of application.
ALL pre-requisite curriculum must be passed with a grade of C or better.
Potential students should be advised that while a “C” is an acceptable passing grade for pre-requisite courses, too many “C’s” will not achieve the required 2.5 GPA of core curriculum.
The Dental Hygiene GPA is calculated strictly on required DH core curriculum.
All course attempts will be calculated in the GPA for competitive admission.
Core complete students will likely have higher scores in the competitive admission process.
Proof of Hepatitis B immunization prior to first patient contact.
Proof of CPR certification (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card) prior to first patient contact.
Readmission of returning students: Any student who must interrupt enrollment must re-apply to the Dental Hygiene Program and, if accepted, placement will be determined after previous course work has been evaluated by the Program Director. The evaluation may result in repeating a course previously completed successfully for continuity of skill acquisition and/or professional knowledge. Dental Hygiene courses more than two years old must be repeated. Students who fail a Dental Hygiene clinical course must repeat both the clinical course and the concurrent lecture course.
Please note that admission to Dental Hygiene is competitive and is based on the academic qualifications of the current applicant pool.
To progress successfully through the curriculum and function as a practicing dental hygienist after graduation, the individual must have:
Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses to read an instrument calibrated in mm and to detect subtle dental stains;
Hearing with or without auditory aids to measure blood pressure using an aneroid sphygmomanometer and to obtain a medical/dental history by interview;
Physical ability to operate equipment (unit, stool, x-ray machine, etc.);
Manual dexterity to perform the fine motor functions associated with intra-oral
Recommended Pre-Requisite Courses for Career Associate of Science Degree Program
|BIOL 1100K||Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Care Professional||4|
|CHEM 1151K||Survey of Chemistry I||4|
|BIOL 2115K||Essentials of Microbiology||4|
|MATH 1111||College Algebra||3|
|Total Semester Hours||15|
|DHYG 1133||Dental Hygiene Clinic III||2|
|DHYG 2550||Dental Specialties & Materials||2|
|Area C Elective|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|MUSC 1100||Music Appreciation||3|
|ARTS 1100||Art Appreciation||3|
|THEA 1100||Theater Appreciation||3|
or BIOL 2115K
|Survey of Chemistry I
or Essentials of Microbiology
|DHYG 1101||Orofacial Anatomy||4|
|DHYG 1121||Dental Hygiene Lecture I||3|
|DHYG 1131||Dental Hygiene Clinic I||2|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|DHYG 1122||Dental Hygiene Lecture II||2|
|DHYG 1132||Dental Hygiene Clinic II||3|
|DHYG 2210||Dental Hygiene Lecture IV||1|
|DHYG 2250||General and Oral Pathology||3|
|DHYG 2310||Dental Hygiene Clinic IV||4|
|PSYC 1101||General Psychology||3|
|COMM 1000||Cultural Diversity in Communication||2|
|DHYG 2220||Dental Hygiene Lecture V||1|
|DHYG 2320||Dental Hygiene Clinic V||4|
|DHYG 2400||Community Dental Health||4|
|POLS 1101||American Government||3|
|SOCI 1101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Total Semester Hours||73|
College, Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology and EITHER survey of Chemistry I OR Essentials of Microbiology must be taken prior to acceptance into the program. Both courses are required for program completion. Courses in bold print MAY be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
Depending on your enrollment status, you may be required to take ASU 1101, “First Year Experience.”