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    We provide dental hygiene services for the general public through our dental clinic.

    Stellar performance

    Since 2005, 97% of our graduates have passed the national and state licensing exams.

    Continuing success

    Since 2006, 94% of our graduates have found jobs in the field, are continuing their education or serving in the military.

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    88 credit hours

Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree

  • Skills You Will Gain

    • Proper treatment, care and dental hygiene techniques
    • Patient education about oral health and diet
    • Management of patient records and treatment plans
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Joan TonnerProgram Director IIHealth Education CenterTonner.Joan@spcollege.edu(727)341-3671
    Amy KruegerInstructorHealth Education CenterKrueger.Amy@spcollege.edu(727)341-3691
    Sharon GrisantiInstructorHealth Education CenterGrisanti.Sharon@spcollege.edu727-341-3486
    Melanie PoirierInstructorHealth Education CenterPoirier.Melanie@spcollege.edu(727) 341-4110
    Katherine WoodsChair, Dental Hygiene -AS ProgHealth Education CenterWoods.Katherine@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3711
  • Accreditation

    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.

  • AS iconWith 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.


    • Prepares you for the national board and state licensing exams
    • Provides lecture and clinical lab classes as part of your learning experience
    • Prepares you for entry into your career
    • Is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • The dental hygiene curriculum prepares students by having them participate throughout the program as a patient subject.


    Mary R. Grizzle Dental Hygiene Program

    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.

  • Careers

    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.

    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.


    Graduates of our programs work in dental offices, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and managed care facilities.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Continue Your Education

    This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Dental Hygiene and Health Services Management.
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  • Dental Hygiene
    Associate in Science


    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.

    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 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.

    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
    BSC 2086
    BSC 2086L
    MCB 2010
    MCB 2010L

    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.

    Communications - Composition

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

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    Communications - Speech

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

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    Humanities and Fine Arts

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Biology (Complete 12 credits)

    BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
    BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1
    MCB 2010Microbiology3
    MCB 2010LMicrobiology Laboratory1

    Psychology (Select 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
    PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3

    1st Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)

    DEH 1000Introduction to Dental Hygiene2
    DES 1020Orofacial Anatomy2
    DES 1020LOrofacial Anatomy Laboratory1
    DES 1601Emergencies in Dental Hygiene1

    1st Fall Term (Complete 12 credits)

    DEH 1003Dental Hygiene I2
    DEH 1003LDental Hygiene I Clinic4
    DEH 1130Oral Histology and Embryology2
    DES 1200Dental Radiography2
    DES 1200LDental Radiography Laboratory1
    DEH 1720Preventive Dentistry1

    1st Spring Term (Complete 13 credits)

    DEH 1710Biological Chemistry & Applied Nutrition2
    DEH 1800Dental Hygiene II2
    DEH 1800LDental Hygiene II Clinic4
    DES 2100Dental Materials2
    DES 2100LDental Materials Laboratory1
    DEH 2602Periodontics I2

    2nd Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)

    DEH 2300Dental Pharmacology2
    DEH 2802LDental Hygiene III Clinic3
    DEH 2802Dental Hygiene III1

    2nd Fall Term (Complete 11 credits)

    DEH 2400General and Oral Pathology2
    DEH 2701Community Dental Health3
    DEH 2804LDental Hygiene IV Clinic4
    DEH 2804Dental Hygiene IV2

    2nd Spring Term (Complete 10 credits)

    *DEH 2702CCommunity Dental Health Practicum1
    DEH 2806LDental Hygiene V Clinic5
    DEH 2806Dental Hygiene V2
    DEH 2604Periodontics II2

    * DEH 2702C is also offered in the 2nd Fall Term internationally as a Learning Abroad in Jamaica Practicum for selected students.

    Total Credits88
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