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The Associate Degree Program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on
Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on
Post secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
Upon successful completion of the five-semester program (including one summer of study), students will be eligible to take the national written examination, and a state or regional clinical examination. Upon passing these examinations graduates will then be qualified for employment in private dental offices, hospitals, military dental clinics, local or state health departments, or may transfer the A.S. in Dental Hygiene toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
NOTICE: COVID-19 MEASURES
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Albany State University's Department of Health Science main office will be physically closed to the public until further notice.
The current COVID-19 Pandemic has affected our program’s admission process and standards.
Dental Hygiene (DHYG) Program applications are still due by June 1st. Use the application packets that are currently on the website, but omit any paperwork that is not needed per the following updates to our policies and procedures:
For students that have already completed the application packet requirements, there are no changes or additional requirements to meet. Simply use the information at the bottom of this notice to submit your completed application.
For students that have not completed the observation hours and/or TEAS exam, the following criteria will apply to this year’s applicants:
- The Observation Hours component of the application process will be waived for this year’s applications that were unable to complete hours due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
- The Essay requirement will remain the same.
- The TEAS Exam is still required, but with an extended due date. In consideration of testing site closures in response to COVID-19 precautions, the
Dental Hygiene Program has elected to temporarily accept applications without TEAS
scores. However, for applicants missing ONLY their TEAS results, the most we will potentially be able to provide is provisional acceptance into our program. Provisional acceptance does not guarantee full acceptance or eligibility
for continuation within the program, and failure to meet this admission criteria prior
to the established deadline will result in the revocation of acceptance status and
prevent further progression through the program. For applicants who receive provisional
acceptance based upon missing TEAS scores, please be aware of the following deadlines
for TEAS score submissions:
- Fall 2020 Applicants: Applicants must complete the TEAS exam, and submit score report to the DHYG Program Director no later than Friday, June 26, 2020.
- Please note that the DHYG Program does not coordinate testing dates and times or make decisions about cancellations at a testing site. The applicant is responsible for contacting and coordinating with testing sites.
- Modifications to TEAS test deadline may be made at a later date based upon updated information.
Please be sure to submit completed application packet by either mail or e-mail to:
Albany State University
Health Sciences Division
Dental Hygiene Program
2400 Gillionville Road
Albany, GA 31707
Scan and e-mail to:
Before You Apply: Program Notes
Prospective applicants should be aware of the following:
- The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study, which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an adviser to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
- All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
- The general education courses required for each career program are summarized in the comparison chart for all 2-year health career programs at Albany State University on the last page of the packet.
The Health Sciences department is responsible for the information on this page.
To inquire about the Dental Hygiene program, please contact Tammy Deese.