Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Dental Hygiene is to create competent, ethical, and confident entry-level dental hygienists who are prepared to immediately seek employment in dental offices in Northeast Florida and beyond. The curriculum meets the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is accomplished with a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction at the College and clinical instruction in the College's Dental Hygiene Clinic and affiliated dental clinics in the community. A primary goal of the program is to instill in our graduates a commitment to professional development through life-long learning and service to the community. Students who successfully complete the Dental Hygiene program will be prepared to take both the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the state licensing examination.
The associate degree program in dental hygiene requires a minimum of two years of college education. The program includes courses in liberal arts (such as English and social psychology), basic sciences (such as anatomy, microbiology, and pathology), and clinical sciences (such as dental hygiene instrumentation, dental radiology, and dental materials).
A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all natural science and dental hygiene courses in order to continue in the Dental Hygiene program.
Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health professionals who provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services. They support total health through the promotion of optimal dental health. A dental hygienist clinician works with the licensed dentist and other dental auxiliaries as a member of an oral health care team. A dental hygienist must obtain a license by completing both a computerized and a clinical examination before practicing.
Upon completion of the program, graduates must take a computerized and clinical examination prior to licensing. You must be state licensed in order to work as a dental hygienist.
This program prepares students to take the State of Florida licensing exam, thus preparing students to work in the state of Florida only. Those interested in obtaining employment in another state should check that state's licensing requirements.
Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the 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. The Commission's web address is http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is based upon academic performance and other criteria. One class is admitted each fall term. To be considered as a qualified applicant, individuals must complete the following by the application deadline:
- Complete an application for Florida State College at Jacksonville.
- Have a complete dental hygiene application on file.
- Complete the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admissions Test (HESI-A2) and include the results in the dental hygiene application file.
- Submit a completed Dental Hygiene Observation form.
- Forward official college transcripts to the dental programs office.
- Complete the required pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of "C."
Prior to contact with patients, students must furnish proof of immunizations, including hepatitis B, and demonstrate that they are negative for tuberculosis. Contact the program manager for additional information.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of pre-requisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed pre-requisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending pre-requisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The application deadline is May 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.
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