Admissions Process for Dental Hygiene Program

SFSC’s Dental Hygiene is a limited access program. Applicants must submit separate application to SFSC and to the Dental Hygiene program. Applications are accepted from the second week in January until the second Friday in April. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their records are complete in the Admissions Office and are not considered until all records are provided.

South Florida State College Admissions Requirements

Complete these requirements through the SFSC Admissions Office.

Complete the Application for Admission to South Florida State College and pay the non-refundable application fee. 
Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or equivalent, verifying that you have graduated from high school. Each transcript must come directly from your school to the SFSC Admissions Office via the mail or by electronic transfer.
Submit the official transcript from each college in which you attended credit courses.
Get placement scores from any one of these college placement tests: ACT, SAT 1, or FCELPT (CPT). Schedule tests through the Testing Center.
Complete any developmental courses you are required to take. This is determined by your results on your college placement test.
Demonstrate that you have achieved competency in basic computer skills in one of four ways:
1. Received a passing grade in a computer course on a high school transcript
2. Received a passing grade in a computer course on a college or university transcript
3. Completed the Introduction to Microcomputers course while enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at SFSC
4. Have verified experiential credit
If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be disqualified from admission to the Dental Hygiene program. Before you proceed with completing prerequisite courses and other pre-admission requirements, read material on Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions so that you may determine whether state laws allow you to work as a health care provider.

Dental Hygiene Program Application Process

Prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene program, complete these prerequisite course, totaling 22 credits:
  • BSC 1085C Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BSC 1086C Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • CHM 1020 Introduction to General Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 1020L Introduction to General Chemistry Lab (1)
  • MCB 2010C Microbiology (4)
  • ENC 1101 Freshman English I (3)
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
You must receive a grade of C or higher in each course and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Check course descriptions to determine whether course has prerequisites. Courses must be completed by the end of the spring term to begin the program in the fall term.
Laboratory sciences courses must have been taken within five years prior to applying for the program.
Meet with your academic advisor in the Advising and Counseling Center to request a signed PDF of Health Sciences Referral Form: Dental Hygiene-1640. Your advisor will send this to you by email.
Create a scanned PDF of theVerification of Time Spent Observing or Working in a Dental Office or Clinic for a minimum of 40 hours. You will upload this form during the online application process.

Requirements After Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Program

Candidates are notified by email of their acceptance in the Dental Hygiene program for the fall. Once you are accepted, you must complete the following forms and submit them to the Health and Sciences specialist, located in the Health and Science Education Center, Room 133. A background check will be scheduled before you can register for classes.
Complete and submit the Dental Hygiene Health Forms.
Once you have submitted all paperwork, the Health Sciences specialist will provide you with a registration referral form to take to the Advising and Counseling Center and register for classes.

Selection Process

Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program is competitive. Selection criteria is explained in the College Catalog. SFSC reserves the right to deny admission to anyone who lacks the required qualifications. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance because they have completed their application package or met the minimum requirements for admission. Candidates must reapply if they wish to be considered for a subsequent class. Each class is selected from a new applicant pool.

General Information

The Dental Hygiene program has a strict attendance policy. Students who have excessive absences are dropped from the program. Excessive absences are missing from 10 percent or more of scheduled class contact hours. If you have life or health conditions that may hinder your attendance, you should consider another program or delay your application until you can make a strong commitment to attending classes.

Applicants must submit to a Level 2 Fingerprinting and Background Check before being admitted into the Dental Hygiene program. Some providers of clinical experiences do not allow people with certain types of criminal history into their facilities, which would cause students not to be able to complete clinical portions of the program. 

SFSC is a drug-free campus. Dental Hygiene students are required to submit to random drug testing.

Computer literacy must be demonstrated prior to graduation.


88 credit hours (2 years)