Transfer Student Policy
Acceptance of Transfer Students or Advanced Placement
All Dental Hygiene Programs are individual within themselves regarding sequencing of courses and program requirements. Because of this individuality, it is extremely difficult to accept transfer students from other dental hygiene programs and maintain the appropriate sequencing for the students learning process, preparation for graduation and board examinations. Each student requesting transfer will have their current dental hygiene program evaluated for consistency of course sequencing, program requirements and compatibility with the SCF Dental Hygiene Program State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota also requires that at least 25% of the course credit hours required for the degree/certificate must be completed at SCF. For dental hygiene this would be a minimum of 22 credit hours.
Advanced placement students are considered for admissions on resources available. If more than one student applies for advanced placement for the same available space in the class, the date of completed application including transcripts (other than the currently attended classes) will be the determining factor.
The following are the policies and procedures related to advanced placement into the SCF Dental Hygiene Program.
The applicant must:
At the time of application, be currently enrolled in a Dental Hygiene Program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Hygiene Accreditation, and in a regionally accredited post secondary institiution.
Complete an application to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and submit it to the College Admissions Office. In the event the applicant has previously attended State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and the applicant has missed one or more major semesters, the previous application must be updated.
Complete an additional application to the Dental Hygiene Program for Advanced Placement with the $20.00 application fee attached and returned to the Dental Hygiene Department AT LEAST TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ANTICIPATED ENTRY DATE.
Successfully complete all the courses that he/she is currently enrolled in with a "C" or better.
Request official transcripts from all previously and currently attended colleges and universities, whether the courses apply to the Dental Hygiene degree or not, and have them sent directly to the SCF Office of Admissions.
Have a GPA of no less than 2.75 in all courses related to the dental hygiene degree with a minimum of a "C" in each course.
Submit a copy of the syllabi for all dental hygiene courses, completed and currently taking, to the SCF Dental Hygiene Program Chair for evaluation. Once evaluated, it may be determined that the student may need to repeat a course or course(s) in order to complete all of the SCF Dental Hygiene Program requirements.
Request a letter be sent to the SCF Dental Hygiene Program Chair from the Director of your current dental hygiene program verifying that you are in "good standing" and the reason for your withdrawal from that program.
Complete a SCF Health Professions Medical form including a statement of satisfactory physical and mental health and a record of current serum titers verifying immunity from communicable diseases, immunizations and record of annual tuberculosis test or chest films. This form will be provided through the Dental Hygiene Department.
Hold a current American Heart Association BLS for the Health Care Provider CPR certification which will remain current through the students graduation. An online course will not be accepted.
All health professions program students are required to submit to criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and drug screenings as a part of their admissions process and retention in the program. Random drug testing will be done at intervals throughout the program. The results of these checks and screenings may affect continuation in the program and the ability to be licensed in the State of Florida.
All Transfer students will be held to the policies and procedures of the college catalog and student handbook that is in place for the dental hygiene class they enter.