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. The program is offered at the Dale Mabry Campus only.