Dental Hygiene

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.

 

Program Overview

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.

 

Program Length

Program lasts for 6 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.

 

Alternative Credit

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

 

Average Salary & Placement

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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Admission into Dental Hygiene

Application Information

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Begins: Summer 2020
  • Application: Download should be available in November 2019

Health Sciences Advising

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.

Location, Hours and Contact

West Campus

Steps for Admission to Program

  • 1Attend a Program Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 2Apply to Valencia College.
  • 3Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
  • 4Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.

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.

National Board Results 2003-2016

YEAR # of Candidates % Passing
2003 23 100%
2004 23 100%
2005 19 100%
2006 18 100%
2007 19 100%
2008 18 100%
2009 19 100%
2010 20 100%
2011 17 100%
2012 19 100%
2013 19 100%
2014 23 100%
2015 19 95%
2016 17 100%

Florida State Board/Regional Board Results

YEAR # of Candidates % Passing
2003 23 100%
2004 23 100%
2005 19 100%
2006 18 100%
2007 19 100%
2008 18 100%
2009 19 100%
2010 20 100%
2011 17 100%
2012 19 100%
2013 19 100%
2014 23 100%
2015 19 100%

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Hygiene

Do I need to be a student at Valencia to apply?

Yes. You must complete the admission process to the college before you submit a Dental Hygiene program application. You can apply online or email enrollment@valenciacollege.edu if you have any questions.

Can International students apply?

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.

 

Are the prerequisite courses offered online?

Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.

Do I have to take all the prerequisites at a particular campus?

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.

Will my courses from other colleges transfer to Valencia?

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.

Do I need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before I apply?

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)

Can I use TEAS scores from another institution?

Yes. Students who complete the TEAS at another institution must request an official score report from ATI as a paper copy is not accepted. Requests can be made online via www.atitesting.com

How many students are accepted into the program?

The Dental Hygiene program accepts 25 students for the Summer term.

What is the schedule like if I am accepted into the program?

The Dental Hygiene program is a daytime program located on the West campus; its time demands should be considered the equivalent of a fulltime job as 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 and from year to year.

How many clinical hours are in the Dental Hygiene program and what credential would I be eligible to sit for upon successful completion?

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.

How successful are your Dental Hygiene graduates in finding employment?

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%.

How do I apply?

Download & fill out the Program Name Application. Return your completed application to Health Sciences Advising along with a non-refundable Health Sciences program application fee of $15

  • By mail:

    Send the application along with a check or money order payable to Valencia College to the address listed below:
    Valencia College
    Business Office
    P.O. Box 4913.
    Orlando, FL 32802
  • In person:

    Make payment in the Business Office on any Valencia Campus & request that the Business Office forward your program application & fee receipt to the Health Sciences Advising office at mail code 4-30

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 a Health Information Technology Application