Since 2006, 95% of our graduates have found jobs in the field, are continuing their education or are serving in the military.
Costs for the Dental Hygiene B.A.S. degree.
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SPC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene is the first and only bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene in Florida and is one of the largest degree completion programs in the nation. This online program can help licensed dental hygienists improve their career opportunities in management, education or sales.
This program is for licensed dental hygienists seeking a bachelor's degree. Research linking oral health and overall physical health continues to
increase the demand for preventive dental care. In Florida, dental
hygiene employment is expected to increase 32 percent by 2020. The median annual wage for dental hygienists in Florida is $61,900.
Graduates of our programs work in dental offices, public health
clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities, dental
hygiene education, dental and pharmaceutical sales and management. Dental hygiene programs seeking qualified faculty will require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Christine Patel, Instructor in Charge, (727) 341-3669Deanna Stentiford, Dean of Allied Health Sciences
SPC's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene is the first and only bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene in Florida and is one of the largest degree completion programs in the nation. This online program can help licensed dental hygienists improve their career opportunities in management, sales, public/community health, interprofessional health care disciplines, and academia.
This degree completion program is for licensed dental hygienists who want to progress from their associate to bachelor's degree.
- Offered completely online program - no campus or residency requirements
- Discussion boards foster professional camaraderie
- Courses are offered one at a time for six to eight weeks
- Students are accepted during the fall and spring and progress through the program together in a cohort
- A capstone course, which lasts 14 weeks, integrates career interests through teaching, interning or observing.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Florida CIP Code
1105106021: DENTAL HYGIENE (BAS)
Federal CIP Code
51.0602: Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
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Please review the Dental Hygiene B.A.S. Admission Guide.
The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Dental Hygiene B.A.S program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.
To be admitted to the B.A.S. in Dental Hygiene program, a student must have:
- Officials transcripts showing completion of a dental hygiene degree of at least 60
credits from an institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
(CODA), such as SPC's
- Current dental hygiene license
- At least 15 hours of transferable general education courses with at least a 2.0
If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. program.
Students must successfully complete all BASDH core courses and Electives, as well as meet all requirements for their AA degree (to include foreign language).
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTLower Division Dental Hygiene
ADMISSIONS COURSESGENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
MAJOR CORE COURSESMajor Requirements (Complete 34 credits)
MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSESElective Courses (Select 6 credits)
* Visit www.spcollege.edu/program/GENR-AA for details
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