Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science Degree (AS) Program

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A two-year curriculum designed to prepare students to master clinical competencies and prepare for all of the roles of a dental hygienist. Graduates receive an Associate in Science degree in dental hygiene and are eligible to apply to sit for the state board examination in any state in which they desire to practice.

Program graduates may be able to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree at an institution offering the degree.

The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission of Accreditation.

Special Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is limited by admission requirements and the availability of clinical space. Therefore, students seeking program admission must complete applications to both the College and the program. Students should not self-advise. Courses are designed to be in sequence. Continued progress in the dental hygiene program depends upon successful completion of courses in this sequence. Application packets are available from the Health Admission Office or the Pensacola State College website at www.pensacolastate.edu.

Admission requirements for eligibility to the program include satisfactory scores on the ATI TEAS, a minimum GPA of 2.75 and 18 credits of specific course work.

When applicants have completed all sections of the application process and meet the minimum criteria, they will move to candidate status and are assigned a ranking number by the date on which they completed the final requirement. Students are selected in that rank order. Therefore, the sooner applicants complete the requirements, the sooner they move to candidate status and the higher their ranking on the list. Contact the Allied Health department at (850) 484-2308 for further details. The program begins each May.

Special Program Requirement

Students must complete all courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum with a grade of C or higher.

The interested student is encouraged to contact the Allied Health department for assistance in planning the program of study.

Is This For You?

People in this career like to work with people, on a one-on-one basis, more than with things or ideas. They usually have mathematical and scientific abilities and need good eye and hand coordination and an ability to work with small instruments. They may be described as practical, curious, and sociable.

Beyond Graduation . . .

Dental Hygienists are required to sit for a written national board and also a clinical state board, and must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program at Pensacola State College are eligible to sit for the state board examination in any state in which they desire to practice.

Related Career Opportunities

Primary Employers

Graduates from the Dental Hygiene program work mainly in private dental offices. Others work in public health agencies, school systems, hospitals, armed forces, and clinics.

Occupations

Dental Hygienists
Licensed professionals who provide preventive dental care and instruct patients how to practice good oral hygiene. Depending on state legal requirements, they provide a wide range of services. Hygienists perform patient health screenings, clean teeth, apply fluoride and sealants, expose and develop dental radiographs, provide nutritional counseling and preventive health education. Dental hygienists use a variety of methods in the course of their work such as hand, rotary and ultrasonic instruments. Models of teeth are used to explain oral hygiene procedures to patients.Many dental hygienists work part-time and hold multiple jobs.

Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.



Employment Trends

For more information regarding first-year earnings for degree completers and student debt accumulation download or view the Economic Security Report of Employment and Earning Outcomes Click Here, published by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties
Occupation
Dental Hygienists
2015 Cur. Openings
324
2023 Prj. Openings
390
Est. Annual Openings
16.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$55,813.76
Okaloosa / Walton Counties
Occupation
Dental Hygienists
2015 Cur. Openings
110
2023 Prj. Openings
130
Est. Annual Openings
5.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$60,235.48
All Florida Counties
Occupation
Dental Hygienists
2015 Cur. Openings
11189
2023 Prj. Openings
13756
Est. Annual Openings
597.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$66,409.20


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