Find Dental Hygienist Training in Georgia

Job prospects for Dental Hygienists in Georgia are outstanding. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Georgia’s Department of Workforce Statistics & Economic Research foresees that by the end of 2024, Georgia will have enjoyed 20.2% growth in the number of dental hygienists in the state over the previous decade. [Find Dental Assistant Schools in GA here]

Requirements

To become a Dental Hygienist you must complete at least a 2-year Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene at an institution recognized by CODA and by the Georgia Board of Dentistry. You must also pass a clinical exam with a score of 75 or higher. These exams are currently run by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc. (CRDTS), although there may be other exams approved by the Board. You must also get a score of 75 or higher in the National Board Exam. Finally, you are required to pass an open-book jurisprudence exam with a score of 75 or higher.

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Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

Dental Hygienists in the state of Georgia were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $65,300 in 2016, which is equivalent to $31.39 per hour. Approximately 5,980 are employed as dental hygienists in the state. Around 3,490 of these jobs are found in the Greater Atlanta area. Annually there are about 200 job openings.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albany, GA120$24.54$51,040
Athens-Clarke County, GA140$28.02$58,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA3,490$33.37$69,410
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC320$28.28$58,810
Brunswick, GA**$27.46$57,120
Chattanooga, TN-GA370$28.87$60,040
Columbus, GA-AL210$26.82$55,790
Dalton, GA60$31.08$64,640
Gainesville, GA100$30.89$64,250
Macon, GA180$24.74$51,450
Rome, GA70$29.93$62,250
Savannah, GA330$30.23$62,880
Valdosta, GA70$24.79$51,560
Warner Robins, GA130$28.92$60,150

Well-known Schools

There are 27 educational programs/majors in the state of Georgia. Of those, 16 dental hygiene programs (and 12 dental assistant programs) are accredited by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Some of those institutions naturally provide both types of dental programs.

The nine largest learning institutions in Georgia are publicly funded, offering Associate of Applied Science (AAS) two-year degree programs in dental hygiene, as well as a Bachelor of Science four-year BS degree. The institution you graduate from must be accredited by both CODA and the Georgia Board of Dentistry. In addition, Georgia dental hygiene institutions require CPR certification, criminal background and drug screening, and placement tests.

Important: Before applying for any program, confirm the current accreditation status and federal aid eligibility directly with the college. Also, research reviews online to read the opinions of alumni.

Atlanta

Atlanta Technical College offers an Associate Degree, CODA-accredited program in dental hygiene, with on-campus courses, 100% online courses, and “hybrid” courses, with online and face-to-face components. You must have a current CPR card, a TB skin test within five years, and be medically cleared for classroom participation. A grade “C” or better is require in all courses to graduate. Criminal background and drug testing is required at various stages of the program. All other information, including financial aid programs, can be obtained from their easy-to-navigate and informative website: www.atlantatech.edu.

Athens

Athens Technical College, a public college, claims that 73% of its 10,000 students receive financial aid. They also have a “dual enrollment program” that allows high school students to earn college credits while working on their HS diploma. ATC is located in Georgia’s northeast region, at the center of Clarke County, and it offers an Associate Degree, CODA-accredited program in dental hygiene. Check out their list of per-credit and per-term fees here.

Augusta

Augusta University’s College of Applied Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and a two-year BS-DH Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program for students who have already completed an dental hygiene associate degree.

Morrow

Apart from its on-campus activities, Clayton State University‘s dental hygiene program ranked number one in the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Dental Hygiene Degrees (compiled by research publisher SR Education Group). Located in Morrow at the heart of Clayton County, CTU, a public college that offers a four-year Bachelor of Science dental hygiene program, also operates a clinic where students treat patients under the supervision of faculty members.

Other Georgia Dental Hygiene Schools

Darton State College, is a public college that offers a four-year BS program in dental hygiene. DST is located in Albany, a city of 77,000 people in the Southwest of Georgia. Central Georgia Technical College offers a two-year Associate program. It’s Warner Robins campus is located in Macon, a city of 154,000 inhabitants in the center of Georgia. You can also apply for a two-year, CODA-recognized AS dental hygiene program at Georgia Highlands College, with campuses in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, and Douglasville.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Pky SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
(404) 225-4400
https://www.atlantatech.edu/academics/programs/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s program at Atlanta Technical College is offered at their campus in the city of Atlanta. The college has about 4,874 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $2,544 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $4,584.

Clayton State University

2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000
http://www.clayton.edu/health/Dental-Hygiene

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Morrow campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. Of the 7,140 students, about 5% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $5,153 per year. The fees for students from outside Georgia are $14,915.

Columbus, GA-AL

Columbus Technical College

928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
(706) 649-1800
http://www.columbustech.edu/Catalog%20and%20Student%20Handbook/dental-hygiene-associate-of-applied-science–dh13.htm

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Columbus campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has about 4,267 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $1,529 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $2,804.

Albany, GA

Albany State University – Darton College of Health Professions

2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, Georgia 31707-3098
(229) 317-6000
https://www.asurams.edu/academic-affairs/dchealthprof/health/dental-hygiene/index.php

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Albany campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has approximately 6,396 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,241 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $9,021.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Fortis College

2108 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, Georgia 30080-7630
(770) 980-0002
https://www.fortis.edu/campuses/georgia/smyrna/dental-hygiene.html

The Associate’s program at Fortis College is taught at their Smyrna campus. Most of the school’s 653 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are about $13,605 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $13,605.

Rome, GA

Georgia Highlands College

3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E., Rome, Georgia 30161-3897
(800) 332-2406
https://sites.highlands.edu/dental/

The Associate’s program at Georgia Highlands College is taught at their Rome campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 5,533 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $2,720 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $8,360.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Georgia State University – Perimeter College

3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, Georgia 30034-3832
(678) 891-2300
https://www.gsu.edu/program/dental-hygiene-as/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Decatur campus. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 23,619 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,100 per year. The fees for students from outside Georgia are $8,870.

Savannah, GA

Savannah Technical College

5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5594
(912) 443-5700
https://www.savannahtech.edu/programs/dental-hygiene-associate-of-science-degree/

The Associate’s program at Savannah Technical College is taught at their Savannah campus. This private, not-for-profit college has around 4,747 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,508 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $4,548.

Vidalia, GA

Southeastern Technical College

3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
(912) 538-3100
http://www.southeasterntech.edu/academics/program.php?id=1064

The Associate’s program at Southeastern Technical College is offered at their campus in the town of Vidalia. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 1,747 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,284 per year. Tuition for students from outside Georgia is $4,324.

Valdosta, GA

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
(229) 333-2100
https://www.wiregrass.edu/course-catalog/current/programs/dental-hygiene-degree

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Valdosta in Lowndes County, GA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 4,143 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,538 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $4,578.

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