Dental Programs

Dental care provides prevention and treatment of oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Dental hygienists and assistants are part of the dental team, using specialized skills to help treat patients.

Greenville Technical College’s highly regarded dental program produces dental assistants and hygienists who are well-prepared for the workforce, thanks to a combination of classroom instruction, technology that supports what they are learning, and hands-on experiences. In a simulation lab, students practice hand instrumentation on dental tooth models, which provide excellent experience prior to treating patients. Human patient simulators in the college’s Simulation Technologies and Training Center help prepare graduates to handle the unexpected, as they practice responses to patient emergency situations.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Work in the college’s 33-chair public dental hygiene clinic reinforces skills learned in the classroom and gives students real world experience in order to enter the workforce with confidence as it provides for the dental health needs of the community. Overseen by a team of highly qualified faculty members, the clinic is equipped with computers in each operatory for patient records management, digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, and ultrasonic scalers.

For more information about our dental clinic and for pricing information, visit our Dental Hygiene Clinic webpage.

A Career You Can Count On

The demand for dental services continues to grow. With the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, older adults retain their teeth longer and are even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. Dentists need more help than ever to meet the increased demand for dental services.

What You'll Learn in the Program

Classroom instruction, technology, and hands-on experiences help students in Greenville Technical College’s dental programs learn

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Dental radiography
  • Nutrition
  • Periodontology  

Accreditation and credentialing

The Greenville Technical College Dental programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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Credentialing Exams
Each state has specific regulations regarding the responsibilities of the dental hygienist, and duties vary from one dental office to another. Hygiene graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Hygiene National Board exam and state licensure exams. In South Carolina, a dental hygienist must be a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene school and must pass the National Board Exam and a state certification exam.

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program Details and courses

Dental Hygiene
Associate in Applied Science

This program trains students to educate patients on proper oral health care procedures, maintain patient recare systems, and expose and process x-rays. Community service is a major component.

The program is designed as a One-Plus-One program.

  • Phase I includes most of the general education and related course work and may be completed at Greenville Technical College or at any articulating college.
  • Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students may apply to Phase II, which includes all dental hygiene course work.
  • Phase II is located at Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus and a variety of off-campus clinical facilities. Students must be eligible to go to each off-campus site based on each site’s criteria. Students from articulating colleges must be able to travel to and/or locate accommodations near Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Hygiene National Board exam and a regional or state practical exam.

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Students working toward acceptance in select Health and Wellness programs are now classified as an Associate of Science major.  Want to know more?  Check out our FAQ section.

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
Diploma in Applied Science

This 12-month program prepares students to work as clinical assistants, receiving and preparing patients for dental treatment; assisting chairside, taking x-rays, making temporary crowns and pouring/trimming impressions for study models. The program also includes office management skills such as making appointments, maintaining patient records, filing, and client services.

Classes begin Fall Semester. Classes, labs and clinics are held days and evenings.

Completion of the EDDA program leads to CDA certification from the Dental Assisting National Board. Dental Assisting students must pass all three parts of the Dental Assisting National Board while in the program.

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Dental Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following: 

Career Talk
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. Dental programs Career Talk is online.  Email to request access. A link and instructions for completing the career talk will be sent to you.  Please be aware response times may vary by a week or more depending on days and hours of operation.

 Division Policies
The Dental programs strictly adhere to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.

Supplemental Admissions Process

DHG and EDDA program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) prior to submitting a weighted admission form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admission form. Please see full details in the TEAS Information Sheet (pdf).

How to apply for the Dental Hygiene program
The Dental Hygiene program is designed as a 1 + 1 program, where Phase I includes your general education and related courses, which may be taken at Greenville Technical College or any articulating college.

Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students are eligible to apply for Phase II of the Dental Hygiene program in January through April. Applications for Phase II must be postmarked no later than May 1.

Admission into the Greenville Technical College Dental Hygiene program Phase I does not guarantee admission into Phase II of the program. Phase II admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year. 

 Dental Hygiene Weighted Admission form

How to apply for the Dental Assisting program
The Dental Assisting program is a 12-month program, with certain prerequisite courses. Admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year. Qualified students are eligible to apply for the Dental Assisting program in January through April. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1. 

Dental Assisting Weighted Admission Form

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma.