Bachelor of Science with a Major in Dental Hygiene


Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases in order to protect the oral cavity, and also to protect the total health of patients. Augusta University dental hygiene is an accredited 2+2 program, which means applicants must complete their freshmen and sophomore years (60 semester hours) at an accredited college/university of choice, and the junior and senior years (65 semester hours) on the Augusta University campus. Entry to dental hygiene practice requires passing both a written national board examination and a clinical examination to obtain state licensure and Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) credentials. Entry level BS-DH students begin the Augusta University program fall semester of their junior year. The program includes classroom, laboratory and clinical education.


Fall Entry:  April 1

Applications for the Fall Admissions Cycle open September 1 and close April 1. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Interviews for admissions will be held in the spring semester by invitation only. Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Applications are considered complete when all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and shadowing documentation) have been received and processed by Admissions. It may take several weeks for materials to be processed by Admissions. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the materials arrive in time to be processed. Students will be notified by email if they are invited to an interview session. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mail beginning as early as April.


Campus: Main-Augusta

Program Delivery: Traditional/On-Campus, Online


Completed Online Application

Application Fee: $55

GPA: Minimum GPA requirement is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and math/science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The overall GPA is calculated on all attempted academic courses, including repeated courses, and on completion of the required core . Multiple attempts of courses are all calculated in the GPA.

*Please note that Augusta University does not use a plus/minus grading system. For the admissions process, applicants' GPAs are re-calculated to align with the grading system at Augusta University.

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References:  Recommendations from two individuals are required. References should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential, as an undergraduate student in the field/program selected.

Undergraduate reference forms and letters must be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide contact information for two individuals as references during the on line application process. Once the application is received by our office, each reference will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, XAP.

NOTE: Reference forms will be sent electronically to your selected individuals once your application has been received by the school (usually the following business day). Please be sure to allow enough time for reference forms to be sent AND returned. Applications submitted the last week of the application deadline may not allow enough time for this process.

Standardized Tests: 

  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 internet-based.
    • The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who:
      • Complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and earn at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on the two courses, with neither grade below a "C"
      • Submit a score of at least 430 on the Verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I)
      • Take and pass both the Reading and Essay portions of the University System of Georgia’s Regents Exam
      • Submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at which English is the language of instruction

Proof of Lawful Presence: BOR Policy 4.3.4Verification of Lawful Presence, states that “each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status”. Any student requesting to be classified as an in-state student must be verified as lawfully present in the U.S. before an in-state classification can be assigned.

NOTE: While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

NOTE: Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

  • Completion of the following prerequisite course requirements: PREREQUISITES
  • Documentation of shadowing hours: DH PROGRAM APPLICANT SHADOWING FORM
  • Personal interview with Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee. NOTE: Not all applicants will qualify for an interview. Interviews are granted to applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit all application documents by the deadline.
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen: students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen before the start of the program in order to participate in clinical courses. Students will be notified of how and when to complete these requirements and will be responsible for the associated fees.
  • Immunization: Students must complete a variety of immunizations before the start of the program in order to participate in clinical courses.  Students will be notified of how and when to complete these requirements and will be responsible for the associated fees.

If you would like information on the program listed above, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences website.



Applications and references are submitted via the GAFuture's online systems. Completed applications will be transferred from GAFuture's systems to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system. 

Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, references,transcript evaluations, etc) are submitted directly to and processed through Augusta University’s OAA:

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions  
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912  

Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check.  Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA. 

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Upon evaluation the program/academic college will determine an official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions  
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, Georgia 30912 

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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