Associate in Science (A.S.)
Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Dental Hygiene Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career as a dental hygienist.
As a dental hygienist you will work as part of a dental team in examining patients for signs of oral disease and providing preventative dental care. In addition to cleanings and X-rays, hygienists also administer sedation, assist with root canals, apply fluoride and sealants, and educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Valencia’s dental hygiene program prepares you to become licensed as a primary oral health care professional and is dedicated to helping you develop the specific skills you need to ensure that the highest quality of dental care is provided for patients. Hear first hand from a Dental Hygienist student about the "Day in the Life of a Dental Hygienist" at Valencia College.
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Program lasts for 6 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Tech Center Programs – Receive college credit for completing an approved OCPS Tech Center program
Valencia’s A.S. Degree and Certificate programs placement rate ranges between 90% – 95%. Dental Hygiene average salaries ranges from $40,000 - $45,000
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The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.
West Campus, Building 1, Room 130
Summer Hours Friday: 9am-12pm
Valencia College's dental hygiene program was established in 1977 and graduated its charter class of 23 students in 1978. The class of 2007 was the thirtieth graduating class of the dental hygiene program. The graduates of the program are employed throughout the United States as clinicians, educators, and public health hygienists. Numerous graduates have continued their education in dental hygiene, dentistry, education, and public health.
Valencia's dental hygiene program supports a fully-functional dental hygiene clinic on West Campus where program students provide preventive dental hygiene services to the student population as well as to the general public. In addition, students have clinical experiences at community-based health centers. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Students who complete the program are prepared to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and state or regional licensing examinations to apply for state licensure and future employment.
Students and faculty have the opportunity to benefit from membership in the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Florida Dental Hygienists' Association, and other professional organizations. With the support of Valencia College's student development office, dental hygiene students regularly participate in professional association activities and have won numerous awards.
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Yes. Students must be a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold a non-immigrant visa with employment authorization. Non-immigrant status students can visit the U.S. Department of State directory of visa categories to verify employment eligibility.
Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.
No, you may take the prerequisite courses at any Valencia campus location. However, if accepted, Cardiovascular Technology courses are only offered on the West campus.
Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts sent from your previous institution. The admissions office will evaluate all transcripts once they are received to determine transfer credit.
Yes, you must complete the ATI TEAS. The examination fee is your responsibility. More information on the TEAS is available at Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Yes. Students who complete the ATI TEAS at another institution must request an official score report from ATI. Paper copy is not accepted. Requests can be made online via www.atitesting.com. Score report must be available on your Valencia record before submitting the program application.
The Dental Hygiene program accepts 25 students for the Summer term.
The Dental Hygiene program is a daytime program located on the West campus; the time commitment should be considered the equivalent of a full-time job. In addition to lecture, lab and clinicals, students are expected to study between 15-25 hours a week - if a student chooses to work while in the program, a maximum of 15 hours a week is recommended due to the demands of the program. Time management is crucial to successful program completion. The specific schedule can vary from term to term.
The total number of clinical hours in the program is 738. Upon graduation and successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the ADEX clinical exam, the graduate is eligible to apply for a license as a registered dental hygienist and for certification in local anesthesia.
The five year average Licensure Rate for Dental Hygiene graduates is 100% and the five year average Placement Rate for Dental Hygiene graduates is 97%.
Download & fill out the Dental Program application. A non-refundable application fee of $15 must be submitted with the program application to the Business Office by the application deadline or it will be denied (this applies to mail and in-person submission).
Please make sure you have met all admission requirements and your application is complete, as missing documentation or requirements can result in denied admission. All items listed on the Program Guide Admission Checklist must be completed PRIOR to submitting the program application.