Highlands’ dental hygiene students clean up (on board exams).  GHC names Michelle Lockett as Assistant Vice President of Academic Resources and Retention.

Highlands’ dental hygiene students clean up (on board exams). GHC names Michelle Lockett as Assistant Vice President of Academic Resources and Retention.

Media release: Every single dental hygiene student who graduated from GHC this year completed their graduation requirements and passed both the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and the Central Regional Dental Testing Services clinical board examination. Around 20 students were tested.

Dental hygiene licensure in Georgia requires that graduates from an accredited dental hygiene program pass both board examinations.

The exams assess the candidate’s competency and ability to understand important information from basic biomedical and dental sciences and the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.

Dental Hygiene Program Director Regina Gupta said the goal of the program is to prepare Dental Hygiene students to be excellent clinicians, but also to pass both board examinations on the first attempt.

The Dental Hygiene program also runs a mock-CRDTS exam every spring to help prepare students for the exam.

“In the history of the program, we have only had two students who did not pass the NBDHE on the first attempt,” Gupta said. “In my opinion, this level of success reflects highly on our program, the curriculum, the faculty and the caliber of our GHC students.”

A survey of recent GHC dental hygiene graduates revealed that all students who had completed licensure are currently employed, with some working full time and others working part time while completing GHC’s online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

These GHC graduates and the rest of GHC’s graduating class of 2021 join a record-breaking number of overall degrees awarded throughout the University System of Georgia for fiscal year 2021. The increase in degrees awarded sets another record for the most degrees awarded in the system’s 90-year history.

You can learn more about GHC’s dental hygiene program here.


Georgia Highlands College has named Michelle Lockett as Assistant Vice President of Academic Resources and Retention. Lockett will supervise the Student Support Services Center, Academic Tutoring Center, Grants Administration, Office of the Registrar and the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Lockett has extensive experience in higher education, both in the public and private sectors. Prior to GHC, Lockett served as Academic Dean at the Fairburn and Stone Mountain campuses of Georgia Military College and has worked in academic institutions for over 14 years with a proven track record of student achievement and retention.

Lockett said she appreciates the “all-hands on” approach to campus processes and initiatives at GHC and plans to contribute to the continued success of the college.

“Every student matters, and it is our goal to connect each student to the support services they need to enhance, empower and aid them in this learning environment,” Lockett said. “I would like to impact GHC through increased student outreach activities, tutoring and career services initiatives and help to make GHC a household name through increased partnerships in area communities.”

For Lockett, an area of expertise she plans to bring to GHC is fostering dual enrollment partnerships with surrounding school districts.

Lockett holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, a Master of Science Administration in Human Resources Administration and is currently in the dissertation stage of earning her Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership.

In her spare time, Locket likes to read, watch Animal Planet, reflect and teach management courses.

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