Dental Hygiene

Everyone likes to see a beautiful smile. Would you like to be the one to help create happy and healthy smiles? Dental Hygiene may be the career for you! Immerse yourself in this exciting and challenging career field and you can become a registered dental hygienist in less than 2 years after taking national and state licensing examinations. The dental hygiene program at GTCC is nationally accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program Effectiveness Data

Dental Hygiene (2-Year Associate Degree)
Cohort Year
2019 2020 2021
Students Enrolled 32 32 32
Students Graduated 26 26 20
Completion Rate 81.25% 81.25% 66.70%
Employment within 6 Months of Graduation 100% 100% 100%
National Board Passed on First Attempt 100% 100% 95%


CODA Program Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611; telephone: 1-800-232-6108; website:

Regional Accreditation

Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. GTCC also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of GTCC may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

Admission Information

Credentialing Options

Frequently Asked Questions

Nicole Childress, Interim director

Laura Lemmer, Instructor

Brooke Hutchins, Instructor

Jennifer Carbon, Instructor

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

Dental hygienists are well-trained professionals who work independently under the supervision of the dentist. A dental hygienist is responsible for removing deposits from the teeth and teaching patients about how to take care of their dental health. They are trained to take x-rays of the teeth and to apply preventive materials, such as fluoride and sealants.

Private dental offices in a variety of specialties, hospital clinics, public health, education, sales, research.

You must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Since the admission to this program is competitive, your application will be reviewed and points will be assigned for pre-requisite coursework in high school and/or previous college based on the grades you earned. You will need to refer to the current Dental Hygiene Information Packet document for more specific information regarding this process.

Specific Program Costs
Books $2,544
Instruments, Models, Supplies $2,230
Uniforms $300
GTCC Chapter of ADHA $190
Board Exams and Licensing Fees $1,800
Magnification Loupes (Optional) $1,000

These are only estimates and do not include expenses incurred in obtaining your medical, dental and eye examinations, immunizations and/or titers, and CPR certification.

You must take National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, a comprehensive, computer-based examination which is administered at an independent testing site. This examination must be completed prior to sitting for the state clinical licensing exam. The dental hygiene license will be issued upon successful completion of both examinations.

An estimated cost to take the national and state board examinations is approximately $1,800.00.


Yes, for the state licensing exam, there is a background check that must be done. All potential applicants for the dental hygiene program should be aware of this, and be prepared for possible explanation of any legal situation.