Dental Hygiene Program

Welcome

Welcome to the Central Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Program homepage. We are excited to be able to offer CGTC students the opportunity to complete the Associate degree program at the North Campus OR the South Campus facilities. We hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Please click the picture above to view a video regarding the following about Dental Hygienists: Job Opportunities, Duties and Work Settings, Education and Licensure, Skill Sets Needed, Career Advantages, Job Satisfaction, Pay and Benefits, Response from Dental Hygiene Students

Faculty and Staff

North Campus in Macon, GA

April V. Catlett, Program Chair
acatlett@centralgatech.edu
(478) 757-3487

Cassandra Hamlett, Clinic Coordinator
chamlett@centralgatech.edu
(478) 757-3468

Pamela Mazaris, Dental Hygiene Instructor
pmazaris@centralgatech.edu
(478) 757-3471

Lakaisha Bonner, Administrative Assistant
lrutland@centralgatech.edu

Clinic - (478) 757-3488

FAX - (478) 757-3489

Adjunct Faculty (North Campus)
  • Stuart Beardsley, DDS
  • Wanda Denson, RDH, BS
  • Stormy Evans, RDH, AA
  • Donna Hall, RDH, BS
  • Carolyn Hiett, RDH, AA
  • Harvey Zion, DDS
 

South Campus in Warner Robins, GA

Dr. Barbara Jansen, Program Chair
bjansen@centralgatech.edu
(478) 218-3244

Wendy Bloodworth, Dental Hygiene Instructor
wbloodworth@centralgatech.edu
(478) 218-3222

Debbie Harkins, Dental Hygiene Instructor dharkins@centralgatech.edu
(478) 218-3239

Kelly Scruggs, Dental Hygiene Instructor
kscruggs@centralgatech.edu
(478) 218-3261

Lakesha Kendrick, Administrative Assistant lkendrick@centralgatech.edu

Clinic - (478) 218-3348

FAX (478) 988-6875

Adjunct Faculty (South Campus)
  • Beth Chartier, RDH, MPH
  • Joan Fox, RDH

Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum

  Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum North Campus

Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum South Campus

**Please view the "Admission Requirements" link on the left side of this page for the most up-to-date course requirements due to merger changes

  Informed Applicant

Applicants who declare dental hygiene as their major and want to seek selection into the hygiene program should be well informed about the demands of the dental hygiene profession and the challenges of the dental hygiene program.  Please read over the information on this web site and visit some of the informative links. 

Dental hygiene students should be exceptionally self-motivated, ethical and professional in attitude, exhibit a strong aptitude for sciences and display above average social and interpesonal skills, including working as a team member in a group setting.

Students should be aware of the licensure requirements of the state of Georgia.  If the student has a felony conviction and some misdomenor convictions, they can not become licensed according to Georgia law.  If the student has such a conviction, they should consider this before applying and going through the program.

Advising

Advising for students interested in the Dental Hygiene Program is done by a full-time faculty advisor in the Dental Hygiene Department.  Registration dates are listed on the CGTC web site. 

Standards of Dental Hygiene Conduct

The practice of dental hygiene in the state of Georgia is defined by the Georgia Board of Dentistry Rules (150-5.01 -.06) and Georgia Law (Title 43. Chapter 11. Article 1 and 3).  Among other items, this law states that persons with Felony convictions can not be licensed in Georgia.  Students who have legal issues may want to review the legal statutes before pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene. 

The Dental Hygiene Program has strict standards for conduct and appearance for their students.  A professional attitude in conduct, appearance and academic performance is expected of each student in the dental hygiene program.  The primary objective of the program is to provide the student with the skills to be a professional who provides quality dental hygiene services, and to prepare them for employment in a professional atmosphere.  Being professional requires interpersonal, professional, interprofessional, and community relationships with high ethical standards. 

Due to the sequential nature of all dental hygiene courses, the program has specific grading standards.  As in all college courses, failure of a course (a prerequisite for the following course) with a grade of  D or F, results in the student being unable to continue on with the subsequent courses.  Because of this, failure will result in dismissal from the program. Students who are dismissed from the program may apply the following year in order to continue.  This does not guarantee selection however.

Occupational Hazards

Occupational hazards for the field of dental hygiene my include, but are not limited to: exposure to infectious diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis, exposure to blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals or substances, accidental injury, neuromuscular problems, anesthetic agents, radiation and other chemical agents. 

The CGTC Exposure Control Plan for Occupational Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens and Airborne Pathogens/Tuberculosis

The Technical College System of Georgia Occupational Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens Standard Policy

Latex Allergy

Individuals with a history of some prior allergic condition, such as hay fever, environmental allergies, and drug allergies may be at risk for latex hypersensitivity.  Every effort is made to use latex free supplies, however, it is impossible to be completely free of latex in the dental setting.

Program Accreditation

The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. (CODA)  They recently conducted an Accreditation site visit on July 15 and 16, 2010 (Macon Campus) and from June 3-5, 2008 (Warner Robins Campus). Any person, including students, patients and/or staff may provide comments to CODA at any time regarding the Dental Hygiene program at Central Georgia Technical College.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

American Dental Association

211 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611

312-440-4653

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