Next Start Date: Fall Term 2014 Application Deadline: May 15, 2014 Fall classes start August 22, 2014
Located on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this 21-month Associate in Science degree program provides high-quality education in Dental Hygiene at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost.
Where You Study Matters--A Nationally Accredited Program
Palm Beach State's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA) www.ada.org and approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD) www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/dentistry.
This limited access, two-year program begins yearly in late August (fall term). The program itself is approximately 21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the required General Education and non-technical program core courses. It is structured as a daytime program only and offered on the Lake Worth campus.
Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program provide preventive dental treatment to community patients in our state-of-the-art dental clinic on the Lake Worth campus as part of the core curriculum.
Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination qualifies graduates to take a state or regional licensing exam, which is required for licensure
Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
In addition, transfer agreements with other colleges and universities m allow students to transfer course or program credit into a four-year program. For information on transfer agreements, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/transfer.
When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and up-to-date dental facilities, you'll see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your Dental Hygiene career.
What is a Dental Hygienist? Dental Hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals who focus on preventing oral diseases and protecting teeth and gums by treating patients directly. They perform varied responsibilities, ranging from dental cleanings to x-rays administration to patient education. Dental hygienists enjoy being in high demand, creating their own schedules, and earning a good income. See About Dental Hygiene for more details on job prospects, responsibilities and career paths.
What's required to get started? You must hold a standard high school diploma or GED.