At a Glance:

Contact: Marisha Singleton
Marisha Singleton, Dental Hygiene Clinic Coordinator
Phone: 404-225-4495
Email:
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies Division

Email: msingleton@atlantatech.edu
Direct: (404) 225-4495

 

Dental Hygiene

Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the dental profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required to perform dental hygiene services.  Registered dental hygienists work in a variety of professional settings. The public is most familiar with dental hygienists in the private dental office. In this capacity, they perform numerous services in the promotion and prevention of oral diseases. These include oral prophylaxis; examining the head, neck, and oral areas for signs of disease; patient education; 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. Program graduates receive a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree.

Accreditation

The program in Dental Hygiene at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Dental accreditation. 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. The Commission’s address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Letter of Intent form and Personal Data form. These forms are included inside the Dental Hygiene application packet.

13.   If a student changes his/her declared major from Dental Hygiene to a different diploma or degree program, and then back to Dental Hygiene, the latest program application date will be used when determining placement.

14.   Prior to the beginning of the Dental Hygiene Program, the applicant must have a current CPR card, a physical examination which includes immunization records, current TB skin test or chest-ray within five (5) years prior to program acceptance, and be medically cleared to participate in both classroom and clinical settings.

15.   Must have an initial current clearance criminal background/drug screen check from the designated program background check company to meet clinical requirements. Criminal background/drug screen check will be required at various intervals through the program as designated by the program faculty.

* Note: Additional Requirements for the competitive admission process:

  • Attend a mandatory pre-admission orientation session once selected (failure to attend or to make alternate arrangements to obtain necessary information will result in the forfeiture of admission to the program).
  • Complete a total of sixteen (16) hours of volunteer or work experience ideally in more than one healthcare setting.
  • The program requires a full-time commitment from the student as classes are scheduled daily from 8:00am-3:00pm.
  • If the above criteria are not met, an applicant's file cannot be processed for selection into the Dental Hygiene program.

Frequently Asked Atlanta Technical College Dental Hygiene Program Questions and Answers

Q: What are the pre-requisite classes required before I apply to the dental hygiene program?

A: All the courses are listed on ATC website www.atlantatech.edu. Select academics program tab. Select dental hygiene. All general pre-requisite education courses are listed in areas I, II, III, IV, and the addition of COMP 1000.

Q: Do I have to complete all pre-requisite classes before I apply for the dental hygiene program?

A: Yes. The general education curriculum should be completed prior to making an application to the dental hygiene program with a 3.0 GPA. The program admission is a competitive process. The evaluation of the student's GPA is included in the process.

Q: Am I allowed to take any dental hygiene occupational courses (as listed on website) prior to entry into the program?

A: Comp 1000 Intro to Computers should be taken prior to program entry. All DHYG courses strictly available to current accepted dental hygiene program students.

Q: Is there certain grade requirements in pre-requisite courses?

A: Yes, all dental hygiene pre-requisite courses are required to have a "B" 80% and/or higher grade earned. If a grade less than "B" 80 % was earned, the course must be retaken prior to program entry.

Q: How do I register for my general education pre-requisite classes?

A: ATC college campus will hold registration times for new and current students. To add, drop, or change a class schedule is managed from banner web. Each ATC student should receive a 900 number. This number is used during registration and course activities.
For new students, your password or pin is usually your birthday until it is reset. For returning students, banner web may ask for an alternate pin code. This code is given and generated each and every semester. Yes, the code changes each semester. To retrieve your alternate pin, see your advisor in the dental hygiene department or email dental-hygieneclinic@atlantatech.edu. Include your name, telephone number, and request.

Q: How long is the dental hygiene program?

A: The dental hygiene program is 84 credit hours. The dental hygiene program will be (5) semesters in length. This length does not include pre-requisite courses.

Q: What degree will be earned upon graduating ATC dental hygiene program?

A: Associates degree will be earned.

Q: I am a transfer student. Will the ATC accept my other college courses?

A: The admissions and registrar's office is responsible for determining which transferring credits correspond with TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia) policies. The dental hygiene program will not determine. Requirements for transferring courses from another approved institution includes ensuring MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL (Lab)2113,BIOL 2114, BIOL (Lab)2114,BIOL 2117, BIOL (Lab)2117, are less than five years old.

Q: Does the program offer evening courses? Or program courses online?

A: The dental hygiene program is a daytime program only. The program requires a full-time commitment from the student as classes are scheduled daily from 8:30am-5:30pm.

Q: Is there GPA criteria?

A: After successful completion of the Healthcare Science program curriculum and to meet eligibility for the Dental Hygiene Program, the student must achieve a minimum, overall cumulative CGPA of 3.0.

Q: When does the program provide applications and time of acceptance?

A: Before retrieving a DH program application packet, a student must be identified as program ready by dental hygiene faculty. The Dental Hygiene Program is competitive. The program offers application in February. The program admits students once per year during summer semester for fall semester. Applicants must submit all required documentation to the Admissions office by the requested due date to receive consideration in the selection process. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection to receive consideration as candidates for admission. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods. Applicants must complete the application process for each attempt at program entry.

Q: Once I apply to the DH program, am I guaranteed acceptance?

A: Admission into the program is not guaranteed. Applicants will participate in a competitive admission process.

Q: Are there any other requirements?

A: All detail program requirements will be discussed in our information sessions. Contact Dental-hygieneclinic@atlantatech.edu for current dates.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at www.tcsg.org/tcsgpolicy/menu.html.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Currciulum (86 hours)
General Education Courses (34 hours)
Area I - Language Arts/Communications (6 hours)
3
45
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
SPCH
1101
3
45
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
3
45
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
3
45
Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (19 hours)
MATH
1111
3
45
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
3
45
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
3
45
Provides students with a foundation in basic microbiology with emphasis on infectious disease. Topics include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, microorganisms and human disease.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2117. The laboratory exercises for this course include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, and microorganisms and human disease.
CHEM
1211
3
45
Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurement, physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry and gas laws.
CHEM
1211
1
45
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in CHEM 1211. The laboratory exercises for this course include measurement, physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry and gas laws.
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours)
Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
Occupational Courses (52 hours)
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Provides the student with a thorough knowledge of external and internal morphological characteristics of human primary and secondary dentition. Also introduces the student to various tooth identification systems, classifications of occlusion and dental anomalies. Topics include: oral cavity anatomy, dental terminology, external and internal tooth anatomy, tooth nomenclature and numbering systems, individual tooth and root morphology, occlusion and dental anomalies.

Focuses on the study of cells and tissues of the human body with emphasis on those tissues that compose the head, neck, and oral cavity. Topics include: cellular structure and organelles; histology of epithelium; histology of connective tissue; histology of muscle tissue; histology of nerve tissue; histology of oral mucosa and orofacial structures; embryological development of the head and neck; tooth development; and development of tooth supporting structures.
2
30

Focuses on anatomy of the head and neck. Emphasis is placed on those structures directly affected by the practice of dentistry. Topics include: terminology; anatomic landmarks; osteology of the skull; temporomandibular joint; muscles of mastication; muscles of facial expression; nervous system; blood supply of the head and neck; lymphatic system and immunology; endocrine and exocrine glands of the head and neck; nasal and paranasal sinuses; facial spaces and the spread of dental infections; and anatomy concerning local anesthesia.

DHYG
1030
2
45

Focuses on the nature, qualities, composition and manipulation of materials used in dentistry. The primary goal of this course is to enhance the student\\\'s ability to make clinical judgments regarding the use and care of dental materials based on how these materials react in the oral environment. Topics include: dental materials standards, dental materials properties, impression materials, gypsum products, mouth guards and whitening systems, dental bases, liners and cements, temporary restorations, classifications for restorative dentistry, direct restorative materials, and indirect restorative materials, polishing procedures for dental restorations, removable dental prostheses, sealants, and implants.

Provides fundamental skills to be utilized in the delivery of optimum patient care by the dental hygienist. Topics include: patient assessment, instrumentation, charting, occlusion, caries, emergencies, ethics and professionalism, asepsis, and patient and clinician positioning.

Provides fundamental skills to be utilized in the delivery of optimum patient care by the dental hygienist. Topics include: asepsis, ethics and professionalism, emergencies, patient assessment, patient and clinician positioning, instrumentation, charting, occlusion and caries.

DHYG
1070
2
30

Emphasizes the application of radiology principles in the study of the teeth and their surrounding structures. Topics include: radiation physics principles; radiation biology; radiation safety; radiographic quality assurance; imaging theory; radiographic interpretation; radiographic need; legal issues of dental radiography; and digital radiography techniques and principles.

DHYG
1090
1
45

Emphasizes the application of radiology principles in the study of the teeth and their surrounding structures. Topics include: radiation safety, radiographic quality assurance, imaging theory, radiographic interpretation, radiographic need, and digital radiography principles and techniques.

Continues the development of knowledge in patient care. Topics include: prevention, instrumentation, patient management, dental appliances, and treatment planning.

Continues the development of knowledge in patient care. Topics include: prevention, instrumentation, patient management, dental appliances, treatment planning, and applied techniques.

Introduces principles of basic pharmacology as they pertain to the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. Emphasizes actions and reactions of medications commonly used in the dental office or taken by dental patients. Topics include: pharmaceutical referencing; legal and ethical considerations; drug effects; contraindications; drug related emergencies; dental related anesthesia; and pain control.

Continues the development of student knowledge in treating patients and preventing oral disease. Topics include: instrument sharpening; patient assessment; antimicrobial use; pulp vitality testing; treatment of hypersensitivity; whitening; implant care; tobacco cessation; pit and fissure sealants, scaling, debridement and root planing; ultrasonics and air polishing and dietary analysis.

Continues the development of student knowledge in treating patients and preventing oral disease. Topics include: instrument sharpening; patient assessment; antimicrobial use; pulp vitality testing; treatment of hypersensitivity; whitening; implant care; tobacco cessation; pit and fissure sealants; scaling, debridement and root planing; ultrasonics and air polishing; dietary analysis, and applied techniques.

DHYG
2050
3
45

Introduces pathology as a specialty of dentistry and includes the etiology, pathogenesis and recognition of various pathological conditions. Emphasis is placed on oral and paraoral pathology and systemic conditions affecting the head and neck. Topics include: terminology and biopsy procedures; inflammation, repair, and regeneration; soft tissue and dental anomalies; pathogenesis of caries and pulpal pathology; cysts and tumors of the head and neck; systemic conditions that affect the oral structures; infectious diseases; diseases of the salivary glands; diseases of bone; blood dyscrasias; vesiculo-erosive and autoimmune diseases; and genetic diseases and syndromes of the head and neck.

3
75

Provides students with a broad understanding of the healthcare system and an objective view of the significant social, political, psychological and economic forces directing the system. Prepares students to promote oral health and prevent oral disease in a community, by meeting specific dental health needs of community groups. Topics include: epidemiology; community dental care assessment; community dental care provision; preventive counseling for groups; group oral health education; terminology; dental care systems; biostatistics; and concepts of dental research.

Continues the development of student knowledge necessary for treatment and prevention of oral diseases. Topics include: treatment of patients with special needs.

Continues the development of student skills necessary for treatment and prevention of oral disease. Topics include: special needs patients and applied techniques.

Continues the development of student knowledge in treating patients and preventing oral disease. Topics include: instrument sharpening; patient assessment; antimicrobial use; pulp vitality testing; treatment of hypersensitivity; whitening; implant care; tobacco cessation; pit and fissure sealants, scaling, debridement and root planning; ultrasonics and air polishing and dietary analysis.

Focuses on the dental hygiene field and presents the fundamental concepts and principles necessary for successful participation in the dental profession. Topics include: employability skills; State of Georgia Dental Practice Act; office management; expanded duties; legal aspects; ethics; dental hygiene practice settings; and dentistry and dental hygiene regulation.

Continues the development of student skills necessary for treatment and prevention of oral disease. Topics include: applied techniques and time management.

DHYG
2200
3
45

Provides fundamental information on periodontal anatomy, pathogenesis of the periodontal diseases, and an introduction to modern rational periodontal therapy, including preventive, non-surgical, and surgical methods. Topics include: tissues of the periodontium; periodontal pathology; periodontal diseases; assessment and treatment planning; periodontal disease therapy; and periodontal emergencies.