Dental Hygiene

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1351060200)

Limited-Access

This Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare students for careers as dental hygienists. Graduates are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam and Florida or regional examinations for licensure as registered dental hygienists. Graduates also will be eligible to receive certification in expanded duties recognized by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

This program 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 U.S. Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Dental Hygiene is a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Program; students must apply and be accepted to the program. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Allied Health provides information about specific admission criteria.

Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of this catalog.

Admission requirements that must be satisfied prior to submitting an application to the A.S. degree program in Dental Hygiene are:

  • Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of this catalog
  • Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission; satisfy the requirements for degree-seeking status and be in active student status
  • Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, New Student Experience (SLS 1122), mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed
  • Complete the Dental hygiene Prerequisites for Admission with minimum grade of C
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 (including transfer work)
  • Satisfy the designated entrance test requirements for Health Sciences programs.
  • Submit the completed Valencia Dental Hygiene Program application with the application fee by the deadline.

A student who fails or withdraws from any course with a subject prefix of DEH or DES will not be permitted to continue in the Dental Hygiene Program. A student may petition the Dental Hygiene Program one time to be allowed to repeat a course with a subject prefix of DEH or DES. If the student is unsuccessful in this repeat, he/she will not be allowed to continue in the Dental Hygiene Program. Procedures for the readmission petition process are found in the Dental Hygiene Student Handbook.

Graduates of the Dental Assisting program at OTEC – Orlando Tech may be awarded credit in specific courses in this program after completing one term in the Dental Hygiene Program at Valencia. For information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site at valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the articulation agreement. Eligible students should contact the related academic department at Valencia for the award of credit.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Dental Hygienist

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Health Sciences Program Advisor, West Campus: HealthScienceAdvising@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1288.
For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have completed an Orange County Technical College program in Dental Assisting, you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree. For more information, visit: http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm

Program Outcomes

  • Perform entry level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for dental hygiene.
  • Perform effective communication within the healthcare environment.
  • Prepare a safe dental healthcare environment.
  • Formulate clinical decisions based upon scientific evidence.
  • Propose a plan for promotion of patient oral health.
Prerequisite for AdmissionCredit Hours
BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I +*~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II +*~4
MCB 2010CMICROBIOLOGY +*~4
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Year I
Summer Term
DES 1020DENTAL ANATOMY +2
DES 1020LDENTAL ANATOMY LAB +1
Fall Term
DEH 1003FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE +*3
DEH 1003LDENTAL HYGIENE INSTRUMENTATION +2
DES 1200DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY +2
DES 1200LDENTAL RADIOGRAPHY LABORATORY +1
DES 1800INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PROCEDURES +1
DES 1800LINTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PROCEDURES LAB +1
DES 1100DENTAL MATERIALS +2
DES 1100LDENTAL MATERIALS LAB +1
Spring Term
HUN 2202ESSENTIALS OF NUTRITION WITH DIET THERAPY +3
DEH 1130ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY +2
DEH 1800DENTAL HYGIENE I +*2
DEH 1800LCLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE I +*5
DES 1600DENTAL OFFICE EMERGENCIES +*1
DEH 1602PERIODONTOLOGY I +*1
DES 1051DENTAL PAIN CONTROL AND LOCAL ANESTHESIA +*2
Year II
Summer Term
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH +~3
DEH 1802DENTAL HYGIENE II +*2
DEH 1802LDENTAL HYGIENE II +*3
DEH 2604PERIODONTOLOGY II +*1
DEH 2300PHARMACOLOGY +*2
Fall Term
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +~3
DEH 2400GENERAL ORAL PATHOLOGY +*3
DEH 2701COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH I +*3
DEH 2804DENTAL HYGIENE III +*2
DEH 2804LCLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE III +*4
Humanities:: See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement) +*~3
Spring Term
SYG 2000INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY. +~3
DEH 2605PERIODONTOLOGY SEMINAR +*1
DEH 2702COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH II +*1
DEH 2812DENTAL HYGIENE IV +*2
DEH 2806LCLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE IV +*5
 Total Credit Hours: 88.0
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 This is a general education course.

Notes:

All accepted applicants are required to submit applications through Valencia for a criminal background check and drug testing. Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences Programs must be free of offenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact. This policy is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Once you complete your A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene, you can continue at Valencia to earn a bachelor-level Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Leadership in Healthcare.  With additional education at the bachelor’s level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and may have more career options available.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.