2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Pre-Dental Hygiene, A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Pre-Dental Hygiene (A. S.)

Program and Career Description

The Tennessee Transfer path in Dental Hygiene leads to a Bachelor's degree program at selected universities. Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Dental Hygienist Associate's degree;
Bachelor's for some positions
$49,220 $66,320 $73,470

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job de­scriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support or pre-requisite courses.

Mathematics Requirement

Social/Behavioral Sciences

(Take two courses)

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Pre-Dental Hygiene, A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours 62

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours 18

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours 14

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours 16

Note (s):

* BIOL 2230  may satisfy upper level course requirement at four-year institution.

Additional hours of coursework may be required prior to acceptance in to a professional school. Please check with the institution you wish to transfer to for any prerequisites.

For more information contact:
Andrew Wright at
awright12@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2678
Science, Technology and Math Division office at 931.540.2710

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.
CoSCC- PRE-DH-02-14-18

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