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 941-752-5035phone icon)
  • Visit for program details and updates.
  • Contact the Dental Hygiene Program Department at 941-752-5245phone icon or email

How much does the program cost?

Current program tuition information is posted on the program page under "Tuition and Fees"

When can I apply to the program?

The Dental Hygiene Program applications are accepted in January, for the program which starts once a year Summer term. Details for submitting a program application will be posted on 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 not charged the application fee annually.  The paid application fee is valid for three application cycles.  After three application cycles, the application fee must be paid again. 

How many students are accepted in the program each year?

Sixteen (16) students are accepted annually; approximately 100 students apply for acceptance annually.

If I earned a "C" in a general academic course, can I retake that class to bring up my GPA?

Yes, per the current SCF college catalog, grade forgiveness policy, students can request to retake a course that they have successfully completed earning a grade of B or C. Students are limited to retaking up to two classes where a passing grade of B or C was achieved on the first attempt.

Students may also reattempt courses following an unsuccessful attempt, in which a grade of D, F, W or WF has been earned.

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 a minimum 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 fall 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) or higher level
  • Mathematics Choose from Area II, A.S. (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.) Payment of the application fee as required.

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?

Go to and click on Dental Hygiene Program Brochure to view a list of prerequisite and general academic courses (36 credit hours.) Students are encouraged to complete as many of the academic courses possible before entering the program.

How are students selected for this program?

The Dental Hygiene Program is a limited enrollment program, so applicant priority is determined by the following 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. Highest Program GPA in the required general academic courses.

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

After I apply, when will I find out if I'm accepted?

Students are notified of acceptance or denial within 8 weeks after the program application deadline.  Applicant status will be communicated via the student's SCF student email account.

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

This is a two year program which begins Summer term of the year the student is accepted. 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. (24 consecutive months)

Where are the program classes and clinical experience held? What is the program schedule?

The Dental Hygiene Program is located on the SCF 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, classes could require attendance in the evening dependent on faculty scheduling and clinic experiences 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, including on campus clinics, may expose them to environmental hazards, infectious disease, blood borne pathogens including, but not limited to, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS.

What is a Degree Audit and why do I have to submit one with my program application?

The "Degree Audit" enables the student to run an electronic degree audit/evaluation via MySCF. The audit shows degree completion requirements and GPA. The admissions team uses the audit to evaluate an applicant for program selection. NOTE: to print the audit all transcripts must be received and evaluated by the Registrar's office.

What are the directions for printing a Degree Audit?

Please see the last page of 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 to practice dental hygiene 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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