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Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree

  • You Will Learn

    • Contemporary issues and trends in the practice
    • Leadership and management skills that enhance your career
    • Educational concepts and teaching presentations
    • Research methodologies and analysis of current publications
    • Advanced ethics
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    ImportantDue to state authorization requirements for distance learning for each state, students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada 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.

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  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Jeanette SiladieInstructor in Charge, BASDH ProgramHealth Education CenterSiladie.Jeanette@spcollege.edu(727)341-3799
    Christine PatelFacultyHealth Education CenterPatel.Christine@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3669
  • Online Bachelor's Degree Completion for Dental Hygienists

    BAS iconSPC’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.

    Features

    • 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
    • Classes are very interactive with discussion boards foster professional camaraderie
    • Students are accepted during the fall and spring and progress through the program in 24 months with the same 15-20 students
    • Courses are offered one at a time for six to eight weeks, followed by one week off
    • Your capstone course lasts 14 weeks and integrates your career interests through teaching, interning or observing.
  • Career Outlook

    This program is for licensed dental hygienists seeking a bachelor's degree. Research linking oral health and overall physical health continues to increase the demand for preventive dental care. In Florida, dental hygiene employment is expected to increase 32 percent by 2020. The median annual wage for dental hygienists in Florida is $61,900.

    Occupational Statistics

    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. Dental hygiene programs seeking qualified faculty will require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.

  • Dental Hygiene
    Bachelor of Applied Science

    DENH-BAS

    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 REQUIREMENT
    Lower Division Dental Hygiene

    Transfer credits44

    ADMISSIONS COURSES
    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

    *ENHANCED WORLD VIEW REQUIREMENT
    A. COMMUNICATIONS9
    B. HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS6
    C. MATHEMATICS6
    D. NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES6-7
    E. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES6
    F. ETHICS3
    G. COMPUTER/INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCY (see catalog for details)

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Major Requirements (Complete 34 credits)

    DEH 3730Dental Hygiene Educational Concepts3
    DEH 3813Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene4
    DEH 3814Introduction to Dental Hygiene Research4
    DEH 4607Advanced Periodontics4
    DEH 4851Dental Hygiene Practice Management3
    DEH 4852Advanced Ethics in Dental Hygiene3
    DEH 4854Leadership in Dental Hygiene3
    DEH 4947Dental Hygiene Capstone7
    HSC 3201Community Health and Epidemiology3

    MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
    Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

    HSA 3113Contemporary Issues in Health Care3
    HSA 4191Health Information Systems3
    HSA 4502Health Care Risk Manaagement3
    HSC 3211Concepts of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention3
    HSC 4640Legal Aspects of Health Care3
    HUS 3370Issues In Mental Health3
    HUS 3570Vulnerable Populations:Health and Health Care Issues3
    MAR 4413Sales, Negotiating and Customer Relationship Management3
    PAD 4232Grant Administration & Resource Development3
    HUS 4442Substance Abuse and the Family3
    HUS 4561Social Problems and Policy3

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

    Total Credits120