Dental Hygiene Frequently Asked Questions 

How can I learn about the Dental Hygiene Program?
  • Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor if they have questions regarding course and degree selection. (Advising Center 941/752-5035)
  • Visit for program details and updates.
  • Contact the Dental Hygiene Program Department at 941/752-5245 or 941/408-1300, ext.65245 or email
How much does the program cost? The cost of the tuition and fees, textbooks, instruments and uniforms for the Dental Hygiene Program vary from year to year. Please refer to the current Tuition and Fees section of the Dental Hygiene Program SCF web page.
When can I apply to the program?
  • The Dental Hygiene Program applications are accepted early Spring term, usually January, for the program which starts once a year Summer term. Details for submitting a program application will be posted on mid to late Fall term. Please check the website frequently for upcoming details.
Does this program have a "wait list"? No, if students apply and are not accepted they must re-apply the following year. Students are only charged the $20 application fee once.
How many students are accepted in the program  each year? 14 students are accepted annually; approximately 50-100 students apply
If I earned a "C" in a general academic course, can I retake that class to bring up my GPA? No, per the college catalog, there is not a grade forgiveness policy for "C" grades. Only the original "C" grade will be calculated into the GPA.

What are the requirements for applying to the program?

In addition to the admission requirements of the college, the following are requirements for applying to the program:

1. Earned grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in ALL general education courses required by the program toward the degree and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to meet graduation requirements.

2. Satisfactory completion of any remedial course work needed to be eligible for college level courses. NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be required for ENC 1101 and the math courses. These prerequisites MUST be taken PRIOR to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program. Consult the course descriptions in the online Catalog at for additional information.

3. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the term prior to the application period in which you are applying.

  • BSC 2085C Anatomy & Physiology I
  • CHM 1020C Chemistry for Everyday Life (prior CHM 1022C)
  • Mathematics Choose from Area II, A.A. (MAC 1105 College Algebra OR STA 2023 Elementary Statistics preferred)

4. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied toward the Dental Hygiene degree.

5. A completed application for the Dental Hygiene Program (A separate application is required for admission to the College.) One time application fee of $20 must be submitted with the Dental Hygiene application.

Note: Completion of all or part of the required academic courses does not assure acceptance into the program.

What are the general academic course required  of the A.S. Dental Hygiene degree?

*BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I 4

*CHM 1020C Chemistry for Everyday Life 3

*MAC 1105 College Algebra OR STA2023 Elementary Statistics (preferred) 3

BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II 4

HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3

MCB 2003C Microbiology 4

PSY 2012 General Psychology 3

ENC 1101 Written Communications I 3

SYG 2000 Principles of  Sociology 3

SPC 1608 Principals of Speech Communication 3

Humanities (Choose from Area IV, A.S. General Ed. Req.) 3

*These courses must be completed prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene Program.

How are students selected for this program?

The Dental Hygiene Program is a limited enrollment program, so applicant priority is determined by this criteria:

1. The number of completed General Academic course credits that are required for the program which have been completed by the Fall term prior to application to the program.

2. GPA in the required general academic courses.

3. If there is more than one student with the same GPA for a seat in the program, the final criteria will be the overall GPA.

After I apply, when will if I find out if I'm accepted? Students will be notified of acceptance or denial via their SCF student email account within six weeks after the application deadline. 

If I'm accepted, when do I begin the Program?

This is a two year program which begins Summer term with one - two hour course in Summer A. The sequence of terms once accepted into the Dental Hygiene program is: Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring. Students can expect a full-time schedule beginning the Fall semester.

Where are the program classes and clinical experience held?  What is the program schedule? The Dental Hygiene Program is located on the Bradenton Campus in Building 2.  Dental Hygiene Program classwork and clinic experience are designed to be taken in sequence; therefore, students must adhere to the schedule given to them.  Depending on the term, classes and clinic experience are primarily days, Monday-Friday. However, clinic experience may also take place periodically on Saturdays for special events elsewhere in the community.

Why does the program require health screenings, immunizations and titers?

Student health information is required by clinical agencies. The agencies will not allow any student entry unless the Dental Hygiene Program can provide documentation that these requirements are met.  The titer is a blood test that determines current immunities to communicable diseases.

Students enrolled should understand that the required clinical experience in various healthcare facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious disease including, but not limited to, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS.

What is a CAPP/Degree Audit and why do I have to submit one with my program application? The "Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning Degree Audit" enables the student to run an electronic degree audit/evaluation via SCF Connect. The audit shows degree completion requirements and GPA. The Program Director uses the audit to evaluate an applicant for program selection. If the audit does not give the highest possible GPA for a qualifying course, also submit a copy of an unofficial transcript highlighting the qualifying replacement course.  NOTE: to print the audit all transcripts must be received and evaluated by the Educational Records office.

What are the directions for printing a CAPP/Degree Audit?

Please see page 3 on the Dental Hygiene application instructions.

If I have been convicted of a crime can I apply to the program?

The applicant should be aware that the State of Florida periodically changes the laws in relation to persons with criminal backgrounds being licensed in Florida.  It is the prospective student's decision to enter the program based upon the knowledge and understanding that he or she may, or may not, be granted the right to be licensed in the State of Florida upon graduation. If you have questions, please contact The Florida Board of Dentistry at 850/245-4474.

Upon acceptance to the program, additional background checks, fingerprinting, health screenings and CPR certification are required to meet local health care regulations.  Based on the results of these checks and screenings, students may become ineligible for program admission.

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