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Program Expectations


Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene initial licensure track should prepare for program start-up costs and anticipate additional semester and/or annual expenses during program enrollment.  Costs are approximate and subject to change:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) 
  • Professional Liability
    • $35.00 per year
  • Screenings
    • Physical $27.00
    • Background Check $50.00
    • Drug Screening $50.00
  • Supplies
    • Junior lab kit (instruments) $4,200.00
    • Laptop $1,500.00
    • Pen light $10.00
    • Stethoscope/sphygmomanometer $50.00
  • Uniforms
    • White lab coat/jacket (Female/Male) $22.00 to $24.00
    • Two sets of scrubs (Female/Male) $50.00
    • Name badge $10.00
    • Shoes $40.00 per pair
  • Other
    • SADHA dues $80.00
    • Review course for National Board exam $400.00
    • National board exam $400.00
    • CRDTS exam (clinical) $995.00 plus site fee $75.00
    • CPR certification $25.00


All dental and nursing students are expected to be free from any influence of drugs and/or alcohol while in class and during all clinical/lab experiences. All dental and nursing students must undergo drug screening prior to matriculation into the clinical portion of their majors.

Additionally, the College of Health reserves the right to require any and all students accepted into its clinical programs to submit to random drug screening upon request and at any time a student is suspected of being under the influence. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

If a student is suspected of being under the influence, they will be removed from class and/or lab/clinical experiences and asked to submit to drug testing within 24 hours using the procedure described below. Admission of drug/alcohol use will result in immediate dismissal from the program and referral to University Student Affairs for possible additional disciplinary action.

If the student denies any drug or alcohol use, they must undergo drug screening, at their expense using the following protocol. If the drug screen comes back negative, the student is allowed to return to class and/or clinical experiences. If the drug screen comes back positive, the results will be reviewed by the appropriate university administrator and may result in dismissal from the program.

Students have the right to appeal any disciplinary action resulting from the drug/alcohol screen.


  • Flexibility in schedule is essential; as the Department of Dental Hygiene does not guarantee specific days or times for classes nor placement in preferred clinical sites.
  • Schedule varies each semester but typically requires attendance five days per week and commitment to attend classes Monday through Friday, 7:00am–6:00pm.
  • Plan work around school, not vice-versa; a full-time work load along with family responsibilities is difficult to manage and is never recommended.
  • Build extensive study time into schedule; expect to spend approximately five (5) hours per week on each 3 credit hour course.


  • Appropriate behavior, dress, and equipment in the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic and at all external sites.
  • Responsibility of student to arrange reliable transportation to and from clinical sites within 60 miles radius of campus.
  • Attendance is mandatory for all clinical assignments in the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic and at all external sites.
  • Valid social security number required to obtain professional licensure.