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2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene [2029]

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Associate in Science Degree

(88 Credit Hours)

Program Director

Kimberly G. Bastin, CDA, EFDA, CRDH, MS
941-752-5245, Bradenton
941-408-1300, ext. 65245 Venice /

Program Goal

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares graduates to become licensed dental hygienists who promote optimum oral health for individuals and groups of individuals through preventive education and clinical and therapeutic services. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will be awarded an Associate in Science degree and will be educationally qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and Florida state licensing examination, both of which are required for licensure in the state of Florida. The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited without reporting by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) located at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678. CODA’s phone number is (312) 440-2500.

Program Entrance Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements of the College, the following are requirements for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program:

  1. Earned grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in ALL general education courses required by the program toward the degree, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to meet graduation requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of any remedial coursework needed to be eligible for college level courses.
    NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be required for ENC 1101  and mathematics requirement. These prerequisites MUST be taken PRIOR to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program. Consult the course descriptions in the Catalog or the specific department of the College for additional information.
  3. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the Fall term prior to the year to which you are applying.
    Prerequisite courses:
    BSC 2085C - Anatomy and Physiology I 
    CHM 1020C - The Chemistry of Everyday Life 
    Any Mathematics, Area II, A.S. MAC 1105 - College Algebra  OR STA 2023 - Elementary Statistics  preferred
  4. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses applied toward the dental hygiene degree.
  5. A completed application for the Dental Hygiene Program with supporting documentation of residence and the nonrefundable application fee of $20. (A separate application is required for admission to the College.)

Upon acceptance, the following are required:

  1.  A statement of satisfactory physical and mental health from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner (form to be provided).
  2. Background checks, fingerprinting, CPR certification, and health and drug screenings to meet local health care agency regulations. Based on the results of these checks and screenings, students may become ineligible for program admission. Continuation in the program is based on acceptable results from random/ongoing screenings and background checks. Clinical facilities may limit or prohibit students with positive drug screen results or criminal histories from participating in clinical experiences, thus making the student ineligible to continue in the program. Students are responsible for all fees incurred with these checks and screenings.
  3. Successful completion of Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider (American Heart Association) CPR course. To ensure that certification remains valid throughout the duration of the program, this course must be taken no earlier than mid-June of the first semester. CPR courses are offered through the SCF Center for Corporate and Community Development.
  4. Mandatory attendance at the Dental Hygiene Program orientation (date to be announced).
  5. Completion of 16 hours of observation, volunteer service or work experience in dentistry. Verification by a signed statement from a dentist or dental hygienist is required.

Students are admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program once a year with classes beginning in the Summer term. This is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the general academic courses required for the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program. However, priority is given to applicants who have completed the most required hours of coursework toward the degree by the end of the Fall term preceding the year for which the applicant is applying. If there are more qualified applicants than seats available in the program, the primary criteria for selection is the GPA of the general education courses required by the program. The secondary selection criteria is the overall college GPA.

For additional program and admission information, check the website at

General Academic Courses

Students are encouraged to complete as many of the general academic courses as possible BEFORE entering the Dental Hygiene Program to ease their academic load during the program.

Subtotal Credit Hours: 36

Subtotal Credit Hours: 52

Total Credit Hours: 88


* These courses MUST be completed PRIOR to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program

NOTE: This A.S. program follows state-approved requirements for articulation into one or more state university B.S. degree programs which may require additional courses.

For a more detailed description of the Dental Hygiene Program, please access the program’s website at:

This program will require some classes to be taken at one campus location. Contact the department for specific details.

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