Dental Hygiene A.S. at EFSC
Dental Hygienists are licensed professionals who provide oral health care to patients in dental offices, public health facilities, long-term care facilities and other settings. The services provided by dental hygienists include removal of deposits from the teeth, instruction on personal oral hygiene and disease prevention, exposure of oral radiographs of the teeth and related oral structures and application of topical fluoride and pit and fissure sealants.
Dental hygienists incorporate education and prevention with provision of clinical services to ensure delivery of optimal oral health. Individuals interested in the profession should enjoy helping others, display manual dexterity and demonstrate above average communication, interpersonal and decision-making skills.
The Dental Hygiene program is limited access with a customized application process. You can also view the program's course sequence. For more information about the program, click on the categories below.
Dental Hygiene A.S. Program
Dental Hygiene at EFSC Overview
Eastern Florida State College offers a fully accredited, two-year Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene. The curriculum is rigorous and includes general education courses, science education courses and dental specific courses. Students complete at least two years of academic study including clinical practice under the supervision of EFSC faculty in the college's dental clinic and designated external clinic practice sites. General education and science courses may be completed prior to admission to the program or concurrently with the dental specific program courses. Students are encouraged to complete these support courses prior to program admission.
During the final semester of the program, students are eligible to take Dental Hygiene National Board Exams. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an "Expanded Functions Certificate" and "Local Anesthesia Administration Certificate" which enables them to perform designated tasks and delivery of local anesthesia, as permitted by the Florida Board of Dentistry. Upon graduation and successful completion of the National Board Examination, the graduate may apply for and take state licensure examinations in any of the 50 states. Upon Licensure the graduate is considered a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist. This Certified R.D.H. designation represents accreditation, trust, and a professional credential you have earned and will preserve through continued lifelong education.
Employment Outlook & Advantages
- Career potential and stability
- Attractive income potential
- Direct patient care
- Pleasant surroundings
- Flexible work schedule (full-time or part-time)
For more details on employment advantages, job opportunities, daily tasks and training, visit the American Dental Association website for detailed information and a video that highlights the rewarding career of Dental Hygiene.
Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to spur the demand for preventative dental services, which dental hygienists often provide. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Career opportunities exist in private dental practices, dental clinics, public health, dental product sales, research, and education with appropriate educational preparation.
Meet a Graduate
"I chose dental hygiene as a career because the stable hours fit my lifestyle. I was working full time and then after I had my son I now work three days a week because I want to be home part time."