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College of Health Sciences

Associate in Science

Dental Hygiene

DENHY-AS

Program Leadership Information

Joan Tonner, Program Director, (727) 341-3671
Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Dean, (727) 341-4150

Program Summary

Fully transferable to Dental Hygiene or Health Services Administration BAS programs at SPC.

Program begins every year in May.


The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2014 (480), 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

Before entering the first term of the Dental Hygiene "program courses" students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the general education and/or support courses listed below.

Prior to admission, students must complete:
BSC 2085
BSC 2085L

General education and support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Biology (Complete 12 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology I
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
1
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
1
Microbiology
3
Microbiology Laboratory
1

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
General Psychology
3
Honors General Psychology
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)

Introduction to Dental Hygiene
2
Orofacial Anatomy
2
Orofacial Anatomy Laboratory
1
Emergencies in Dental Hygiene
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Fall Term (Complete 12 credits)

Dental Hygiene I
2
Dental Hygiene I Clinic
4
Oral Histology and Embryology
2
Dental Radiography
2
Dental Radiography Laboratory
1
Preventive Dentistry
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Spring Term (Complete 13 credits)

Biological Chemistry & Applied Nutrition
2
Dental Hygiene II
2
Dental Hygiene II Clinic
4
Dental Materials
2
Dental Materials Laboratory
1
Periodontics I
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Summer Term (Complete 5 credits)

Dental Pharmacology
2
Dental Hygiene III Clinic
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Fall Term (Complete 10 credits)

General and Oral Pathology
2
Community Dental Health
2
Dental Hygiene III
2
Dental Hygiene IV Clinic
4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Spring Term (Complete 12 credits)

Community Dental Health Practicum
1
Dental Hygiene V Clinic
5
Dental Hygiene IV
2
Dental Hygiene Topics
2
Periodontics II
2
88
Total Credits