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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Dental Hygiene AS

Dental Hygiene  (2151) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description

The program leads to an A.S. degree and is approximately 21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the General Education and Natural Science program required courses. The Dental Hygiene Program begins with the fall term of each year, and is structured as a daytime program only.

NOTE:  The program maintains compliance with institutional policy and applicable regulations of local, state and federal agencies including, but not limited to, radiation hygiene and protection, ionizing radiation, hazardous materials, and bloodborne and infectious diseases.  Policies are continually monitored for compliance by the program in accordance with Palm Beach State College’s Safety and Risk Management Office.  All policies are available for review at:

Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA) 211 East Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611-2678 (312)440-2500 and approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

Program Learning Outcomes
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General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official
    college/university transcripts from each post-secondary
    institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures
    section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
  • Submit placement test scores if not exempt from placement testing. To determine if you are exempt, go to
  • Complete all other requirements for admission outlined in the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog.


Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene
In addition to the General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher;
  • Complete all Natural Science program required courses (listed below) with a grade of C or higher;
  • Submit a completed Dental Hygiene program application, located on the program website, by the deadline.


Completion Requirements
Students must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.

Program Length
The program is approximately 21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the General Education and the Natural Science program required courses. It begins with the fall term of each year and is structured as a daytime program only.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Dental Health Services Coordinator, (561) 868-3752

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 18
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
PSY2012 General Psychology 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Any course from Mathematics - Area III 3
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
Natural Science Program Requirements Credits: 18
BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3
BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab 1
BSC2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3
BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 1
  Any level transferable Chemistry course 3
HUN1201 Elements of Nutrition 3
MCB2010 Microbiology 3
MCB2010L Microbiology Lab 1
Required Courses Credits: 52
DEH1003 Dental Hygiene Instrumentation 1
DEH1003L Dental Hygiene Instrumentation Lab 2
DEH1130 Oral Embryology and Histology 1
DEH1800 Dental Hygiene 1 1
DEH1800L Dental Hygiene 1 Lab 4
DEH1802 Dental Hygiene 2 1
DEH1802L Dental Hygiene 2 Lab 1
DEH1811 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DEH2300 Pharmacology 2
DEH2400 General and Oral Pathology 2
DEH2602 Periodontology 2
DEH2701 Community Dentistry 2
DEH2702L Community Dentistry Practicum 1
DEH2804 Dental Hygiene 3 1
DEH2804L Dental Hygiene 3 Lab 4
DEH2806 Dental Hygiene 4 1
DEH2806L Dental Hygiene IV Lab 5
DEH2934 Compromised Patient 1
DES1020 Dental Anatomy * 3
DES1100 Dental Materials * 2
DES1100L Dental Materials Lab * 1
DES1200 Dental Radiology * 2
DES1200L Dental Radiology Lab * 1
DES1600 Office Emergencies * 1
DES1800 Introduction to Clinical Procedures * 3
DES1800L Introduction to Clinical Procedures Lab * 1
DES1832 Expanded Functions Lecture * 1
DES1832L Expanded Functions Lab * 1
DES1840 Preventive Dentistry * 2
DES2502 Office Management * 1
Total Program Credits: 88
* These courses will articulate from the Palm Beach State Dental Assisting Program.

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Graduates of the program and after successfully passing national and state licensing examinations may seek employment as a licensed registered dental hygienist in a variety of settings, to include but not limited to general/specialty dental practices, public health, hospitals and community health care related facilities, public and private health access settings, school based programs, dental product representatives, and educational and research related fields.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center
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