The ten quarter dental hygiene program curriculum is designed to promote student learning resulting in a strong foundation in the Biomedical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Dental Hygiene Science, and Basic Clinical Education providing the biological basis of the health of the teeth and oral cavity, decay prevention, and dental health maintenance. Students work to develop understanding of how to be a productive members of a healthcare team that provides patient education and clinical and therapeutic services that support and facilitate the maintenance of oral health.
The program faculty seek to instill the desire to continue education, become life-long learners, and contribute to the enhancement of the dental professional.
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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 also important traits. It is important for students to be passionate about their work.
The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene is the highest level of education offered in the Dental Hygiene track at South College.
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. South College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. 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, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene program offered at the Nashville campus is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. 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 web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
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