The Dental Hygiene program is designed to prepare the student to practice as a licensed dental hygienist. A graduate of the program is eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board, and, upon successful completion of that board, is eligible to take a state board to obtain a state license.
The program annually recruits a freshman class to begin in the Fall term. The program is comprised of general education courses, dental hygiene courses and clinical practice. The general education course work is acceptable from any accredited college. The dental hygiene core courses and clinical practice are offered only on the Lee Campus.
The Dental Hygiene program has limited enrollment due to clinical facilities and accreditation standards. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the Health Professions office at (239) 489-9255.
The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The student must purchase uniforms, an instrument kit, liability insurance, and books. There are fees for tuition, graduation, laboratory, clinic, licenses, and association dues.