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Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

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What can I do with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene?

Dental Hygienist Oral Hygienist Registered Dental Hygienist

Keys to Success

Patients can be uneasy about trips to the dentist, so empathy and understanding are vital components to succeeding in dental hygiene. Attention to detail and dedication to careful, precise work are everyday job requirements.

In addition to the practical aspects of succeeding as a dental hygienist, it’s important for students to be passionate about their work.  Because visiting the dental office is frequently a stressful situation for many patients, the ability to show how much you care and how important dentistry is to their health can make a difference. A positive attitude will also help you succeed in your studies and career.

Continuing Education

The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene is the highest level of education offered in the Dental Hygiene track at South College.

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Accreditation or Approval

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program offered at the Nashville campus has been granted the accreditation status of “Initial Accreditation” by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:


Application for Approval Status – 90 DAY NOTICE FOR SOLICITATION OF COMMENTS

South College Nashville Learning Site has received “Initial Accreditation” from the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation in February 2019 for the Dental Hygiene program and is now applying for Approval status. Any third-party comments are due to the Commission office sixty (60) days prior to the on-site visit. Signed or unsigned comments will be accepted, names and/or signatures will be removed from comments prior to them being forwarded to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commissions accreditation process. The deadline for comments is January 9, 2021. A copy of the current accreditation standards can be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800- 621-8099, extension 4653. For more detail, please click here.


Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016–2026 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

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