florida's only Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree offered completely onlineCelebrating 15 years

SPC's Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree 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 such areas as practice management, education or sales.

Graduates of our programs work in public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities, dental hygiene academia, dental and pharmaceutical sales and management.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dental Hygienists

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

11,180

2026

13,760

Percent Change

23

Projected Job Openings

990

Features of the Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree program

  • This degree completion program is for licensed dental hygienists who want to progress from their associate to bachelor's degree.
  • The program is offered completely online and has no campus or residency requirements.
  • Classes are very interactive with discussion boards that 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.
  • The capstone course is 14 weeks and integrates your career interests through teaching, mentoring, interning and observing.

what You Will Learn in the Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree

  • 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, communication skills and effective interprofessional health care practice

Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Applied Science

DENH-BAS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), 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

Christine Patel
Instructor in Charge
(727) 341-3669
patel.christine@spcollege.edu


Deanna Stentiford
Dean of Allied Health Sciences
stentiford.deanna@spcollege.edu


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, sales, public/community health, interprofessional health care disciplines, and academia.

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.

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.


Florida CIP Code

1105106021: DENTAL HYGIENE (BAS)

Federal CIP Code

51.0602: Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.

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

Admission Rules

Please review the Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Dental Hygiene B.A.S program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

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

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.
Students must successfully complete all BASDH core courses and Electives, as well as meet all requirements for their AA degree (to include foreign language).

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
Lower Division Dental Hygiene

Transfer credits 44

ADMISSIONS COURSES
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

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

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 34 credits)

DEH 3730 Dental Hygiene Educational Concepts 3
DEH 3813 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene 4
DEH 3814 Introduction to Dental Hygiene Research 4
DEH 4607 Advanced Periodontics 4
DEH 4851 Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist 3
DEH 4852 Advanced Ethics in Dental Hygiene 3
DEH 4854 Leadership in Dental Hygiene 3
DEH 4947 Dental Hygiene Capstone 7
HSC 3201 Community Health and Epidemiology 3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

HSA 3113 Contemporary Issues in Health Care & Human Services 3
HSA 4191 Health Information Systems 3
HSA 4502 Health Care Risk Management 3
HSC 3211 Concepts of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
HSC 4640 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Care 3
HUS 3370 Issues In Mental Health 3
HUS 3570 Vulnerable Populations:Health and Health Care Issues 3
MAR 4413 Sales, Negotiating and Customer Relationship Management 3
PAD 4232 Grant Administration & Resource Development 3
HUS 4442 Substance Abuse and the Family 3
HUS 4561 Social Problems and Policy 3
MAN 3802 Principles of Entrepreneurship 3

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

Total Credits 120

Earn your associate and bachelor's degree AT SPC

SPC's Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene.

Health Continuing Education

We also offer health and dental hygiene continuing education through SPC's Workforce Institute.

Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree

Admission Requirements to SPC's Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Degree

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