SPC's Dental Hygiene Associate in Science Degree prepares you to join a growing profession

With SPC's Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree, you gain the technical expertise to excel in this growing field. We have been educating dental hygiene students for more than 50 years and our students have excellent job placements rates. As part of the Mary R. Grizzle Dental Hygiene Program, students work in our dental hygiene clinic, which provides dental hygiene services (cleanings and x-rays) to more than 2,500 patients a year.

Dental Hygiene Program Partnership at SPC
Students may be enrolled concurrently with an accredited A.S. Dental Hygiene program or follow the traditional pathway into SPC's Dental Hygiene B.A.S. program upon becoming a registered dental hygienist. Dual enrolled students in our Program Partnership are accepted contingent on the recommendation of their A.S. Dental Hygiene Program Director and faculty.

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

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

Dental Hygienists

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Features of SPC's Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree

  • Provides lecture and clinical lab classes as part of your learning experience
  • Prepares you to enter your career
  • Is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation

As part of your educational experience, you participate throughout the program as a patient subject and in multiple clinical rotations that are off campus. These clinical rotations require traveling to and from each site to experience different patient populations and network with oral health care professionals.

Skills You Will Gain in SPC's Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree

  • 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

Dental Hygiene Associate in Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2021 (590)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2021 (590), 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

For Academic Advising and Program Admissions Information
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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.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

51.0602: Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.

Admission Rules

Please review the Dental Hygiene Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Dental Hygiene 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.

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

Communications - Speech

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

Humanities and Fine Arts

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


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


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

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.

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.

Biology (Complete 12 credits)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory 1

Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3

1st Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)

DEH 1000 Introduction to Dental Hygiene 2
DES 1020 Orofacial Anatomy 2
DES 1020L Orofacial Anatomy Laboratory 1
DES 1601 Emergencies in Dental Hygiene 1

1st Fall Term (Complete 13 credits)

DEH 1003 Dental Hygiene I 2
DEH 1003L Dental Hygiene I Clinic 4
DEH 1130 Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DES 1200 Dental Radiography 2
DES 1200L Dental Radiography Laboratory 1
DEH 1720 Preventive Dentistry 2

1st Spring Term (Complete 12 credits)

DEH 1710 Biological Chemistry & Applied Nutrition 1
DEH 1800 Dental Hygiene II 2
DEH 1800L Dental Hygiene II Clinic 4
DES 2100 Dental Materials 2
DES 2100L Dental Materials Laboratory 1
DEH 2602 Periodontics I 2

2nd Summer Term (Complete 6 credits)

DEH 2300 Dental Pharmacology 2
DEH 2802L Dental Hygiene III Clinic 3
DEH 2802 Dental Hygiene III 1

2nd Fall Term (Complete 11 credits)

DEH 2400 General and Oral Pathology 2
DEH 2701 Community Dental Health 3
DEH 2804L Dental Hygiene IV Clinic 4
DEH 2804 Dental Hygiene IV 2

2nd Spring Term (Complete 10 credits)

* DEH 2702C Community Dental Health Practicum 1
DEH 2806L Dental Hygiene V Clinic 5
DEH 2806 Dental Hygiene V 2
DEH 2604 Periodontics II 2

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

Total Credits 88

Mission and Goals

The Mission and Goals of the AS Dental Hygiene program are to facilitate the development of professional, ethical, and competent dental hygienists who exhibit the following:

  1. An awareness of their present and future roles and responsibilities within the profession and the community he/she serves.
  2. The knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide comprehensive care to the patients/clients.
  3. A commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.


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.

Information about SPC's Dental Hygiene program

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.


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. Graduates of SPC's dental hygiene program are prepared to take the national board and state licensing exams.

Continue Your Education at SPC

SPC's Dental Hygiene Associate in Science Degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Dental Hygiene and Health Services Administration.

Course Transferability

All A.S. Dental Hygiene courses at SPC transfer for credit towards bachelor's degrees at SPC. Due to the cohort structure and the sequencing of courses in Dental Hygiene programs, students who are unable to complete the entire A.S. Dental Hygiene program at SPC need to contact the desired transfer institution to determine admission and program requirements, including transferability of previously completed coursework.


We also offer health and health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.

Begin Program Application

Please answer the following questions to apply to our Dental Hygiene A.S. Degree program.

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Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be posted and evaluated by the application deadline.

Cumulative GPA

College level Reading, Writing, and Math

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab

Microbiology Lecture and Lab

20 credit hours from the Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Dental Hygiene Observation Hours

Dental Hygiene Technical Standards

Minimum Age Requirement

SPC Application

You will need to complete the SPC Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Readmission Steps

You will need to complete the readmission steps.

Official Transcripts Required

Please submit official, unopened (sealed) high school transcripts or GED transcripts as well as those from all regionally-accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended. If you completed an A.A.S. degree or higher at a regionally-accredited institution, we won't need your high school transcripts. Learn more about transcripts.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all postsecondary coursework for admission. Please review the Program Admission Guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

College Level Reading, Writing, and Math Requirement

This health program requires students to be at college level in Reading, Writing, and Math. Please see your academic advisor for additional details.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the curriculum for approved options that meet this requirement.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the Program Admission Guide for Pre-Entry requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the Pre-Entry, General Education and Support Courses of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum. If you are unsure of your GPA, please review the Program Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements and contact your academic advisor.

Dental Hygiene Technical Standards Acknowledgement

Please review the Dental Hygiene Dental Hygiene Technical Standards.

Minimum Age Requirement

Students must be at least 18 years of age to be admitted to this program. Please review the Program Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements and contact your academic advisor.

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