Dental Hygiene Program


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The Dental Hygiene Program leads to an Associate in Science Degree. This program prepares students with both the clinical skills and classroom knowledge to successfully pass the National Dental Hygiene Board and the State Of Florida Dental Hygiene Board examinations. Both of these are required for licensure in the state of Florida.

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A Dental Hygienist is a vital member of the dental team. They provide non-surgical periodontal therapy that includes scaling and root planning, adult and child prophylaxis, placement of dental sealants, exposure and processing radiographs, and individualized patient education. The Dental Hygienist must maintain the license by completing 24 continuing education credits every two years, as well as maintenance of their CPR certification.

The dental hygiene curriculum includes five consecutive semesters of courses and requires a time commitment of 35-40 hours weekly. Students will also complete their certification in expanded duties that are permitted by Florida Statute Title XXXII for dental auxiliaries.

Licensed Dental Hygienists also have the opportunity to join the American Dental Hygienists' Association. As a member of the association the dental hygienist can continue to grow as a professional.

The program is offered at the Dale Mabry Campus only.

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Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene Degree- 88 Credit Hours




The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted accreditation status of approval without reporting.

The commission is a specialized addressing body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611-2678


The Commission’s web address is:




As noted in the ADA, CDA “Evaluation Policies & Procedures” Manual, all accredited programs are required to have a formal method for students to lodge complaints against the program related to accreditation. Complaints must relate directly to the Dental Hygiene Standards which can be found on-line at or by calling the ADA at the number listed below. A log for complaints as well as the process for reporting complaints is housed in the office of the Dental Hygiene Department Head.

“The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.”

“A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653”

“Only written, signed complaints will be considered by the Commission; oral and unsigned complaints will not be considered. The Commission strongly encourages attempts at informal or formal resolution through the program’s or sponsoring institutions internal processes prior to initiating a formal complaint with the Commission. If a complaint includes issues that are currently being investigated by the state entities, the Commission will not proceed with consideration of the complaint until such adjudication or litigation is concluded.”





Students performing in the clinical facilities must understand that they may be exposed to environmental hazards and infectious diseases including, but not limited to Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and HIV (AIDS).

Hillsborough Community College recommends that all Health Science program students obtain the Hepatitis B vaccine prior to entering the clinical experience portion of the program.

Students understand and assume the risks involved in the clinical portion of Health Science Programs at Hillsborough Community College, especially the risk of contracting Hepatitis B through human blood spills, Tuberculosis, HIV (AIDS) and other related infectious diseases while participating in the required clinical experiences.



This page last updated August 3, 2016

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