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College of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Applied Science

Dental Hygiene

DENH-BAS

Program Leadership Information

Jeanette Siladie, Faculty in Charge, (727) 341-3799
Rebecca Ludwig, Dean, 727-341-4150

Program Summary

SPC's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene is the first and only bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene in Florida and is one of the largest degree completion programs in the nation. This online program can help licensed dental hygienists improve their career opportunities in management, education or sales.

This degree completion program is for licensed dental hygienists who want to progress from their associate to bachelor's degree.
- Offered completely online program - no campus or residency requirements
- Discussion boards foster professional camaraderie
- Courses are offered one at a time for six to eight weeks
- Students are accepted during the fall and spring and progress through the program together in a cohort
- A capstone course, which lasts 14 weeks, integrates career interests through teaching, interning or observing.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Careers:
  • This program is for licensed dental hygienists seeking a bachelor's degree.
  • Career Outlook:
  • Research linking oral health and overall physical health continues to increase the demand for preventive dental care. Nationally, dental hygiene employment is expected to increase 38 percent by 2020, faster than average for all occupations. In Florida, dental hygienists will remain in demand as job growth is expected to grow by more than 30% through 2018.
  • Dental hygiene programs seeking qualified faculty will require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • Opportunities:
  • Graduates of our programs work in dental offices, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities, dental hygiene education, dental and pharmaceutical sales and management.
  • Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2015 (495), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

To be admitted to the B.A.S. in Dental Hygiene program, a student must have:
- Officials transcripts showing completion of a dental hygiene degree of at least 60
credits from an institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
(CODA), such as SPC's
- Current dental hygiene license
- At least 15 hours of transferable general education courses with at least a 2.0
GPA

Due to state authorization requirements for distance learning that are particular to each state, students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada and North Carolina can no longer be enrolled in online classes at St. Petersburg College as long as they are residents of those states. If you have questions regarding this new policy, please send them to information@spcollege.edu

Graduation Rules

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. program.

ADMISSIONS COURSES
A.A. Degree

44
Credits

ADMISSIONS COURSES
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

ENHANCED WORLD VIEW REQUIREMENT *
9
A. COMMUNICATIONS
6
B. HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS
6
C. MATHEMATICS
6-7
D. NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES
6
E. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
3
F. ETHICS
G. COMPUTER/INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCY (see catalog for details)

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 34 credits)

Dental Hygiene Educational Concepts
3
Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene
4
Introduction to Dental Hygiene Research
4
Advanced Periodontics
4
Dental Hygiene Practice Management
3
Advanced Ethics in Dental Hygiene
3
Leadership in Dental Hygiene
3
Dental Hygiene Capstone
7
Community Health and Epidemiology
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Health Care
3
Health Information Systems
3
Health Care Risk Manaagement
3
Concepts of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
3
Legal Aspects of Health Care
3
Issues In Mental Health
3
Vulnerable Populations:Health and Health Care Issues
3
Sales, Negotiating and Customer Relationship Management
3
Grant Administration & Resource Development
3
Substance Abuse and the Family
3
Social Problems and Policy
3

* Visit www.spcollege.edu/program/GENR-AA for details

120
Total Credits