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Dental Hygiene—Associate in Science

Dental hygienists perform oral cleanings, deep periodontal scalings and other dental procedures. The modern dental office depends on the skilled work of dental hygienists to discuss oral health problems with clients, clean and examine teeth, administer dental treatments, offer instructions on dental care, take radiographs, and prepare charts that provide detailed information for each client's permanent record.

It is essential for a dental hygienist to have excellent manual dexterity and good interpersonal skills.


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.


The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as dental hygienists. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate receives an Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene degree. Students who wish to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from that institution.


This is a two-year program.


Prerequisite courses can be taken on any PHSC Campus. Dental hygiene courses are offered on the West Campus in New Port Richey.


This AS degree program contains both academic and clinical components as part of the curriculum. Students must attend classes Monday through Friday.