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Dental Hygiene – AS

 

1640 | Dental Hygiene – AS

South Florida State College’s Dental Hygiene – Associate in Science (AS) Degree program prepares students to become licensed dental hygienists. Students become competent in patient assessment, dental hygiene instrumentation, patient care services, taking and interpreting radiographs, educating patients about oral hygiene, infection control, special population dental care, expanded functions, office management, and ethics and laws pertaining to dental health care.

The Dental Hygiene program takes about two years to complete. Graduates are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board examination and the Florida State Clinic Licensure Examination.

The Dental Hygiene program covers these courses:

First Year: Fall Term
 Credit Hours
Introduction to Dental Hygiene2
Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic2
Orofacial Anatomy2
Orofacial Anatomy Lab1
Dental Radiology2
Dental Radiology Lab2
Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
 14
  
First Year: Spring Term 
Oral Embryology and Histology2
Dental Materials and Expanded Duties2
Dental Materials and Expanded Duties/Lab1
Medical Emergencies2
Dental Hygiene Theory I2
Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
 12
First Year: Summer Term 
Dental Hygiene Theory II2
Dental Hygiene Clinic II3
General and Oral Pathology3
Peridontology I1
 9
  
Second Year: Fall Term 
Peridontology2
Pharmacology and Pain Control3
General Psychology3
Dental Hygiene Theory III2
Dental Hygiene Clinic III4
Nutritional and Dental Health2
 16
  
Second Year: Spring Term 
Community Dental Health2
Community Dental Health Lab1
Professional Development and Ethical Principles2
Dental Hygiene Clinic IV4
Humanities Elective3
General Sociology3
 15

*Computer competency must be demonstrated prior to graduation.

How to Apply

This checklist explains the steps for applying to the Dental Hygiene program and includes links to the forms you will need to complete the application process.

Student Safety Measures

During the dental hygiene program, students may be exposed to hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases and ionizing radiation. Program policies are in place to protect the student and patient from harm. The curriculum provides specific instruction on taking standard precautions; wearing gloves, masks, goggles and protective clothing to protect from infectious diseases. Students also follow safety procedures to minimize the risk associated with the use of x-ray machines.

Board Exam Pass Rates

 
National
State of Florida
2005
100%
100%
2006
100%
100%
2007
100%
100%
2008
100%
100%
2009
100%
100%
2010
100%
80%
2011
100%
100%
2012
91%
91%
2013
91%
91%
2014 
90%
80%

 Approximate Costs

Resident Tuition
$6,898
Laboratory Fees
$4,270
Textbooks
$1,481
Graduation Pin
$45
Florida State Licensure Examination
$1,350
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Background Check
$35
Total
$14,079

The registrar determines course equivalency of pre-dental hygiene courses taken at other colleges and universities. If the registrar is unable to determine course equivalency, then course equivalency will be determined by the appropriate dean.

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