We provide dental hygiene services for the general public through our dental clinic.
Since 2005, 97% of our graduates have passed the national and state licensing exams.
Since 2006, 94% of our graduates have found jobs in the field, are continuing their education or serving in the military.
SPC's A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the
accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements.
The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the
United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental
Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago
Avenue, Chicago IL 60611.
With SPC’s A.S. degree in dental hygiene, you gain the technical expertise to excel in this growing field. Our program has been educating students for 50 years and has excellent job placements rates. As part of the program, students work in our dental clinic, which provides dental hygiene services (cleanings and x-rays) to more than 2,500 patients a year.
This program is named in honor of the late State Senator Mary R. Grizzle in appreciation for her many efforts on behalf of St. Petersburg College.
To become a dental hygienist in Florida, you must meet the requirements of the Florida Board of Dentistry and pass the National Dental Hygiene Board examination and state clinical examination to receive your license.
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.
Graduates of our programs work in dental offices, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and managed care facilities.
This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Dental Hygiene and Health Services Management.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2016 (515)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2016 (515), 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.
Joan Tonner, Program Director, (727) 341-3671Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Dean, (727) 341-4150
Fully transferable to Dental Hygiene or Health Services Administration BAS programs at SPC.
Program begins every year in May.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
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:
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.
Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition I
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer/Information Literacy Competency
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESBiology (Complete 12 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESPsychology (Select 3 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Fall Term (Complete 12 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Spring Term (Complete 13 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Fall Term (Complete 11 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Spring Term (Complete 10 credits)
* DEH 2702C is also offered in the 2nd Fall Term internationally as a Learning Abroad in Jamaica Practicum for selected students.
The shortest wait times are in the morning. To be sure you will see an advisor, please arrive at least one hour before closing. Limited services may be available up to an hour before closing, depending on the number of students waiting.
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