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  Mar 06, 2021
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Dental Hygiene (A.S. or A.A.S.) (2300)

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Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create competent, ethical, confident entry–level dental hygienists in a supportive learning environment who are committed to professional development through life–long learning and service to the community.

The Career

Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health professionals who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services. They support total health through the promotion of optimal dental health. A dental hygienist clinician works with the licensed dentist and other dental auxiliaries as a member of an oral health care team. A dental hygienist must obtain a license by completing both a written and a clinical examination before practicing.

The Program

The associate degree program in dental hygiene requires a minimum of two years of college education. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Because the Dental Hygiene program includes dental and basic science courses, high school preparation should include biology and chemistry. In addition, the program includes courses in liberal arts (such as English and social psychology), basic sciences (such as anatomy, microbiology and pathology) and clinical sciences (such as dental hygiene, dental radiology and dental materials). Students are strongly advised to take the basic sciences before applying for the program. A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in all natural science and dental hygiene courses in order to continue in the Dental Hygiene Program.

Certification and Licensing

Upon completion of the program, graduates must take a written and clinical exam prior to licensing. You must be state licensed in order to work as a dental hygienist.

This program prepares students to take the State of Florida licensing exam, thus preparing students to work in the State of Florida only. Those interested in obtaining employment in another state should check that state’s licensing requirements.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is June 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.

Application Procedure

Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is based upon academic performance and other criteria. One class is admitted fall term. To be considered as a qualified applicant, individuals must complete the following by the application deadline:

  1. Have a complete dental hygiene application on file.
  2. Complete the Health Occupations Test (HOT) and include the results in the dental hygiene application file.
  3. Forward official college transcripts to the Dental Programs.
  4. Provide evidence of current CPR certification for health care providers (infant, child, adult).
  5. Complete the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C.”

Priority is given to students within the College’s service area.

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Total Credit Hours: 88


These courses should be completed prior to submitting an application to the program:

General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Humanities Credit Hours: 3
   *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 12

Dental Hygiene Courses

Dental Hygiene is a selective access program. Students may not enroll in the following courses unless they have been admitted to the dental hygiene program.

Credit Hours: 60


Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations and Hepatitis B immunization and demonstrate that they are negative for tuberculosis. Contact program manager for additional information.

Record of Conviction of a Crime

The Florida State Board of Dentistry, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Florida Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will determine a dental hygiene student’s eligibility for licensure when there is an arrest/conviction record. Students should contact the dental program manager prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program.


You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services–FCCJ Majors Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

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