Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Admission Information and Requirements

Students are admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program once a year with classes beginning in the Summer term. Program applications are usually accepted early Spring term. This is a limited enrollment program. The Dental Hygiene Program consists of both classroom and clinic experiences. 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 will be the overall college GPA. Applications will be reviewed and the admission decision communicated to the student via SCF student e-mail account. Students not accepted may reapply for admission the following year at no charge.

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

  1. Earned grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in ALL general education courses required by the program towards 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 MAC 1105. These prerequisites MUST be taken PRIOR to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program. Consult the course descriptions in the online Catalog at for additional information.
  3. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the Fall semester prior to the year in which the student is applying.

Prerequisite courses:

BSC 2085C - Anatomy and Physiology I

CHM 1020C - Chemistry for Everyday Life (formerly CHM 1022) or higher level

Mathematics - Choose from Area II, A.S.

(MAC 1105 College Algebra or STA 2023 Elementary Statistics preferred)

  1. A minimum grade of "C" is required on all courses applied toward the Dental Hygiene degree
  2. A completed application submitted to the Dental Hygiene program during the acceptance period. Details late Fall Semester.
  3. There is a one-time $20 application fee due at the time you submit your application. Please pay the application fee at the Cashier's Office, Building #1 on the Bradenton Campus. (A separate application is required for admission to the College.)

Note: Letters of Recommendation are not required for application, and will not be considered as a part of the admission process.

The Dental Hygiene Program is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the required academic courses does not assure acceptance into the program. However, priority is given to applicants who have completed the most required hours of coursework at the time of application. If there are more qualified applicants than seats available in the program, the GPA of the general education courses required by the program will be the determining criteria.

Once accepted (not prior to acceptance), the following are required: background checks; fingerprinting; CPR certification; 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.

Students enrolled should understand that the required clinical experience in various health care facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious disease including, but not limited to tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS.

If an applicant has been convicted, had any adjudication withheld, or has been charged with the commission of a felony or misdemeanor, the applicant will need to get approval from the Florida Board of Dentistry to take the licensure examination upon completion of the Dental Hygiene Program. (Please see the Licensure Requirements tab for more information.)

Progression Requirements

Dental hygiene is a profession in which performance that is determined to be less than safe may cause harm or unnecessary discomfort to patients. Therefore, it is imperative that standards be maintained which insures safety of care for the patient and the effectiveness and competency of the dental hygiene student. The student must:

  1. Complete the required Dental Hygiene courses in each semester as outlined below.
  2. Attain a "C" or better in each course including prerequisite and co- requisites
  3. Successfully complete all course, clinic and laboratory requirements, including competencies, and class assignments as outlined in the class schedules in the program and co-requisite.
  4. Adhere to ethical and professional behavior as outlined in the Dental Hygiene Handbook.

The Dental Hygiene Program participates in ongoing activities to maintain accreditation, at the highest level, with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the  American Dental Association.

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