Online Steps Sessions

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting  Diploma STEPS Session

The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma is a 3 semester program that begins every Fall on the Grand Strand Campus. Admission is based on first qualified criteria and there may be a waiting list. Once you have completed the requirements for admission into the program you will be offered a seat for the next available semester.

Application deadline:

There is no deadline. Completion of this STEPS session or meeting with an advisor and submitting a checklist showing your interest in the program will act as your application. These are accepted on an ongoing basis. We will then offer you a seat in the program once we see that all requirements have been completed. This is a first qualified, first accepted process.

To apply to the program students must:

1.)Apply to and be accepted at HGTC, including submitting the $30.00 HGTC application fee, official high school and all official college transcripts.

2.)Be eligible to enroll in MAT 155 - by transferring college level math courses, taking MAT 032 as a prerequisite course or by meeting the required placement test scores.

2.)Complete the following prerequisite courses with a 2.5 GPA or higher and grades of C or above:

  • BIO 112*
  • ENG 155 or ENG 101 AND SPC 205*

A General Education Course you may also take while waiting is PSY 103* (may be replaced with PSY 201).

*Prerequisites for the above courses may include ENG 100 or MAT 032 with the possibility of other developmental courses being required depending on placement test scores. Enrollment advisors will discuss placement with you after admission to the college.

3.) Attend an online Information Session, and read the Information Packet  while viewing the Information Session.

4.) Complete 15 hours of observations in a private dental office. Instructions and information to complete the observations will be given to you when you submit proof of Information Session completion to the Dept. Chair.

 5.)May not have more than two unsuccessful attempts in any prerequiste or core course or must wait 5 years to apply.

Additional Requirements:

The next 5 steps must be completed AFTER being accepted into the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program. We will provide you with the instructions to complete the requirements AFTER we notify you of acceptance into the program but PLAN AHEAD to cover the costs of these items. Without completion of these requirements you will not be allowed to begin the program. 

  • Pass Certified Background Check and Drug Screening – $106.00.
  • Complete Health Physical and submit proof of required immunizations. (Physical may cost $200+ so plan ahead financially.)
  • Show proof of current Health Care Providers CPR certification. HGTC offers this certification course through the Workforce Development Department
  • Attend a mandatory New Student Orientation held by the program.
  • Submit $500 deposit to reserve your seat.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Acceptance into the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program is first qualified, first accepted for the next available fall semester.
  • Expenses for which you are responsible may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, gas and transportation to clinical sites, Licensing Exam fees of $200+.
  • Classes and clinicals associated with this program are during the day. Once accepted you will begin in the Fall and attend 3 semesters, year round, including summer. Please plan ahead financially as you may not receive financial aid for the summer.
  • Clinicals will vary by semester but may require 1-2 days a week. Students may have to travel up to a 100 mile radius to fulfill clinical requirements.
  • HGTC reserves the right to change the Admission requirements at any time. You will be required to adhere to any changes that are made at the time you submit your application. 

I have read the requirements for admission into the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program at Horry Georgetown Technical College and I understand that I must fulfill these requirements in order to be eligible for admission: