The Dental Hygiene program offers state-of-the-art facilities including digital and conventional radiography. Middle Georgia Technical College’s Dental Programs are accredited by the
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association:
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
The Dental Hygiene program is a sequence of courses which prepares students for positions in the dental profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Registered dental hygienists work in a variety of professional settings.
The public is most familiar with dental hygienists in the private dental office, where they perform numerous critical services designed to detect and prevent diseases of the mouth. These include oral prophylaxis; examining the head, neck and oral areas for signs of disease; educating patients about oral hygiene; taking or developing radiographs; and applying fluoride or sealants. In this setting, registered dental hygienists play a vital role in protecting the oral health of the American public.
Dental Hygiene program graduates receive a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree. Many dental hygienists continue their education and complete advanced degrees that will allow them to teach dental hygiene or dental assisting, or become dental practice consultants, researchers, editors, dentists or professional writers.
Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the National Board Dental Hygiene exam as well as CRDTS, the regional clinical board exam. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014, ranking among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and the greater utilization of hygienists to perform services previously performed by dentists. Job prospects are expected to remain excellent. “ Entry-level salaries in the Middle Georgia area range from $39,000 - $43,000.
New Students are competitively accepted into the Dental Hygiene program every fall semester. For more information on selection requirements and deadlines, Download Detailed Dental Hygiene Program Information.
Dental Hygiene Program Clinic Manual
Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program should download and read the Dental Hygiene Program Clinic Manual
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At MGTC we offer three different levels of credit programs:
- Associate Degree
- Middle Georgia Technical College offers associate level degrees. They usually take 2 years to complete. AAS programs include general education (core) courses that may transfer to University System of Georgia institutions and other 4-year colleges in our state.
- Middle Georgia Technical College's Diploma Level programs usually take between 1 and 1.5 years to complete and include basic courses, as well as specific technical or occupational courses to prepare students for the workforce.
- Technical Certificates of Credit (TCCs) usually take about 1-2 semesters to complete and generally focus on very specialized knowledge. These programs teach students specific skills that they can apply in the workforce.