Registered dental hygienists work in a variety of professional settings. The public is most familiar with dental hygienists in the private dental office, where they perform numerous critical services designed to detect and prevent diseases of the mouth. These include oral prophylaxis; examining the head, neck, and oral areas for signs of disease; educating patients about oral hygiene; taking and developing radiographs; and applying fluoride and sealants. Other employment settings include military bases, correctional facilities, or dental product companies. The Georgia Career Information System foresees an increased need of dental hygienists in the near future, and the outlook for dental hygienists is one of fast growth. The U.S. Department of Labor states “employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.” According to the American Dental Hygienists Association, the median salary for dental hygienists is $68,250 annually.
Board Pass Rates
All graduates from the dental hygiene program have successfully passed CRDTS and the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
Graduates of several academic programs are requires to pass a licensure exam to practice in the field of study. Southeastern Technical College maintains one of the highest pass rates of students taking licensure exams in the state of Georgia. The information contained in this section is data on first-time test takers of licensure exams. All STC students who did not pass on the first attempt, passed on the second attempt. For more information regarding pass rates of licensure exams, please contact STC at 912-538-3100.