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 Hygiene 2
Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic 2
Orofacial Anatomy 2
Orofacial Anatomy Lab 1
Dental Radiology 2
Dental Radiology Lab 2
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  14
   
First Year: Spring Term  
Oral Embryology and Histology 2
Dental Materials and Expanded Duties 2
Dental Materials and Expanded Duties/Lab 1
Medical Emergencies 2
Dental Hygiene Theory I 2
Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
  12
First Year: Summer Term  
Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
Dental Hygiene Clinic II 3
General and Oral Pathology 3
Peridontology I 1
  9
   
Second Year: Fall Term  
Peridontology 2
Pharmacology and Pain Control 3
General Psychology 3
Dental Hygiene Theory III 2
Dental Hygiene Clinic III 4
Nutritional and Dental Health 2
  16
   
Second Year: Spring Term  
Community Dental Health 2
Community Dental Health Lab 1
Professional Development and Ethical Principles 2
Dental Hygiene Clinic IV 4
Humanities Elective 3
General Sociology 3
  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.