Program Curriculum Design & Program Requirements

The SCF Dental Hygiene Program will introduce the student to many concepts and skills.  All of the curriculum content is incorporated to prepare the student for clinical practice and to meet the standards set forth by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the standards required by the state of Florida. 

Our process includes the introduction of the content in the classroom and by instructor demonstration.  After the demonstration, students will work on each other to develop skills.  The faculty will work individually with students to assure understanding and continued development of clinical skills.   Although amount of content is significant, the faculty who teach in this program create a student-centered learning atmosphere which is encouraging and supportive.  If a student feels additional support is necessary, the student has the ability to request one-on-one instruction time from one of the fulltime faculty.  Occasionally, the clinical faculty may note individualized time would be beneficial for the student and may recommend making an appointment with a fulltime faculty to improve student performance.

Students are provided with the program requirements necessary to graduate from the State College of Florida Dental Hygiene Program.  The Program Competencies and Clinical Skill Evaluations are available in the State College of Florida Dental Hygiene Handbook.  Students are encouraged to review each skill evaluation prior to formal evaluation by faculty. The program interpretation of competency is the student's ability to perform the skill or evaluation without any verbal coaching or prompting.  Therefore, students should practice all of the skills numerous times before requesting faculty observation of a skill. The faculty will not provide feedback, coaching or prompting on a skill evaluation.  Students, who are unsuccessful on a skill evaluation, will be required to repeat the skill evaluation successfully later in the semester. 




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