Dental Hygiene

Associate in Science

Dental Assisting

Preventive dentistry, dental hygiene instrumentation, dental radiography and oral and general pathology

Are you interested in how to become a dental hygienist? The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students for a rewarding career as a well-trained dental hygiene professional. Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health professionals who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services. Graduates from the dental hygiene program support total oral health through the promotion of optimal dental health, working with licensed dentists and other dental auxiliaries as a member of an oral health care team. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, graduates must pass both computerized and clinical exams prior to becoming state licensed to work as a dental hygienist.


The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission's web address is:

Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical, instrument kit and textbooks

Years State Clinical Licensing Examination Pass Rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2017 100% Awaiting 2017 Numbers
Awaiting 2017 Numbers
2016 100% 78% 100%
2015 95% 75% 100%
2014 95% 66% 100%

Third Party Comments Notification
The dental hygiene program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A team of visitors from the Commission will visit on October 10-12. Prior to the visit, the programs are required to solicit Third Party Comments. The American Dental Association guidelines are reprinted here along with the address to which all comments must be mailed. All comments must be received by the Commission on Dental Accreditation by Saturday, August 11. 

Comments are to be mailed to:
American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Program Code: 2300

88 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
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May 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



(904) 713-4545


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Academic Degree Plan
Dental Hygiene Application Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Dental Hygiene from FSCJ articulates with a number of bachelor's degree completion programs around the country, some even offered online. Graduates will also be workforce ready after graduation and able to pursue dental hygienist jobs.

Career Opportunities

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Once accepted, the program is five consecutive terms, or about 20 months. To be accepted into the program, students must complete four prerequisite courses (College Algebra, General Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I and Microbiology), take an admission test and perform eight hours of observation in a dental office. In addition to completing the four prerequisite courses, we strongly urge students to complete four additional general education courses (English Composition, Human Relations, Anatomy & Physiology II and a Humanities elective) that are required for graduation.

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