Dental Hygiene, BS
Basic Licensure Track
Students with an interest in dental hygiene are admitted to Clayton State University as a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences major with a concentration of pre-dental hygiene. Refer to the Bachelor of Health Sciences section of this Catalog for details. Separate application to this competitive admission program is required upon completion of 60 hours of lower division requirements. Students not admitted to this competitive admission program may continue with the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in consultation with academic advisor to determine appropriate concentration and career path.
The basic licensure BSDH track is available to recent high school graduates, non-traditional students, current Clayton State students, and transfer students who meet University admission requirements.
The BSDH program expands the clinically based outcomes, characteristic of associate level training, into a more broad-based foundation for future career growth. Graduates are qualified to seek employment as clinicians, office managers, public health hygienists, researchers, and marketers and have the opportunity to pursue graduate studies.
Dental Hygiene application is separate from University application and admission. Admission is competitive and space is limited. Students are admitted each fall semester into a full-time four semester program.
Minimum admission requirements include (details on the Department of Dental Hygiene website):
- College grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 on 4.00 scale.
- Completion of 45 semester hours of BSDH core curriculum with grades of C (or K or S) or better in all natural and behavioral science, math and Lower Division Required courses at the time of application and 60 semesters hours at the time of enrollment in the dental hygiene program.
- Successful completion of the legislative requirements.
- Satisfactory completion of a dental office observation.
- Attendance at a mandatory program information session.
- Satisfactory evidence of overall health status consistent with the performance standards of dental hygiene and verified by a licensed health care professional.
- Applicants will be rated on overall academic performance and specific performance in natural sciences and mathematics.
- Applicants participating in Clayton State University’s Honors Program are given priority if they meet all program admission standards.
|Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)||42|
Area A2 Recommended Courses
|Intro to Mathematical Modeling|
or MATH 1111
Area D1 Recommended Courses
Choose one of the following:
|Survey of Chemistry I|
and Survey of Chemistry Lab I 1
|Survey of Chemistry II|
and Survey of Chemistry Lab II 1
|Principles of Chemistry I|
and Principles of Chemistry Lab I 1
|Principles of Chemistry II|
and Principles of Chemistry Lab II 1
Area D2 Recommended Courses
Area E4 Recommended Courses
|Intro to General Psychology 1|
or SOCI 1101
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)||18|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy & Phys. Lab I
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II|
and Human Anatomy & Phys Lab II
|Microbiology for Health Sci.|
and Microbiology for Hlth. Sci.Lab
|HSCI 2111||Intro to Health Care Environ.||3|
|SOCI 1101||Introduction to Sociology (required if not applied in Area E) 1||3|
|or PSYC 1101||Intro to General Psychology|
|HLTH 3110||Interactive Communication||3|
|or NURS 3110||Interactive Communication|
|Intro-Dental Hyg. Profession|
and Intro to Clinical Dental Hyg.
|DHYG 3110||Dental Anatomy||2|
and Dental Radiology Laboratory
|Transitional Dental Hygiene|
and Transitional Clincal Dental Hy
|DHYG 3210||Integ. Dental Anatomy & Hist.||2|
and Dental Materials Laboratory
|DHYG 3240||Introduction to Periodontics||2|
|DHYG 3382||Clinical Pharmacology||2|
|Advanced Dental Hygiene I|
and Adv. Clinical Dental Hygiene I
|DHYG 4310||Dental Pathology||3|
|DHYG 4320||Advanced Periodontics||3|
|Advanced Dental Hygiene II|
and Adv. Clin. Dental Hygiene II
|DHYG 4410||Community Dental Health||3|
|DHYG 4420||Mgmt./Mktg. in Dental Environ.||3|
|Choose any two upper division courses except PHED or courses identified in the catalog as career or institutional credit courses. 2,3|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
ADA Accreditation Standards requirements for chemistry (CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I/CHEM 1151L Survey of Chemistry Lab I and CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II/CHEM 1152L Survey of Chemistry Lab II or CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I/CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry Lab I and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II/CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry Lab II), psychology (PSYC 1101 Intro to General Psychology) and sociology (SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology) must be completed prior to program admission.
Recommended courses include 3000 or 4000 level HLTH, HSCI, HCMG, HFMG or appropriate upper division statistics course.
Statistics course required for degree; must be satisfied prior to program admission; may be satisfied at lower or upper division level.
Dental Hygiene students must maintain a semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to progress in the program. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all upper division and major courses. Students who receive a "D", "F", "WF", or "U" in any dental hygiene course will be suspended from program progression. Students may apply for readmission the following year. Students who receive any of the following: "D", "F", "WF", or "U" in any two dental hygiene courses may not continue in the program. Reference the Department of Dental Hygiene Program and Clinic Manual: Policies and Procedures.