Registered Dental Hygienists are credentialed and licensed health professionals who serve integral roles in the delivery of oral health care. Georgia Workforce 2014 ranked dental hygiene a field that is "fast growing, high-paying, and expected to offer plentiful job openings over the projected period."
The Augusta University Dental Hygiene program enrolled its first class in 1967, and has since maintained its accreditation status by upholding the rigorous educational standards of the profession, including the many technical standards required for success. Pass rates on national written and clinical board examinations continue to be outstanding as the program graduates professionals well-prepared for their role as dental hygienists.
Graduates of our bachelor's degree program serve the private sector and community through employment in general and specialized dental practices, government clinics, and public health agencies. Job availability is greater in rural areas and in areas not adjacent to academic dental hygiene programs. Salaries vary depending on the practice setting.