Application Cycles

The program application is available on this web page only during the application window.

August 2024 Admission

Applications for Fall 2024 will be accepted from January 15, 2024 until 4 p.m. on May 30, 2024.

Note: The application fee, online application, and all supporting documents must be submitted to complete the Dental Hygiene Program Application Admission Process. All items can be found in the Application Checklist below.

Application Checklist

  • PHSC application with a $25 non-refundable fee for new students or a PHSC Readmission application for returning PHSC students not enrolled for more than 3 consecutive terms.
  • Payment receipt of the separate $25 non-refundable limited access Dental Hygiene application fee.
    • The application fee for the Dental Hygiene program is separate from the general application fee for first-time PHSC students. This fee must be paid each time a student applies to an individual limited access program. Payment can be made at the West Campus Financial Services office in Building E on the first floor. Please note that PHSC can only accept cash, checks, or money orders at this time. Unfortunately, online payments and credit cards are not currently accepted. Please make the payment before the deadline, as this fee is considered a prerequisite. Failure to do so will result in the application being deemed ineligible.
  • Dental Hygiene web application.
  • HESI Assessment Exam with a cumulative passing score of 70% or higher.
  • Clear, enlarged copy of current driver’s license indicating a physical mailing address (PO Box addresses will not be used for residency preference in the selection process).  If a driver’s license, or equivalent, does not prove Pasco or Hernando County residency, it will be processed as a non-resident (out-of-county) application.
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date indicating receipt of a standard high school diploma or an official transcript of GED scores indicating receipt of a high school equivalency diploma, if not already submitted.
  • Official transcripts from each U.S. College and university attended other than PHSC.
  • Official scores from external agencies as appropriate for prerequisite courses (i.e. AP, CLEP, IB, etc.).
  • Confirmation that any needed course substitutions or credit shortages have been approved by the application deadline date.
  • Transfer Credits: If the course prefix and number of an evaluated transfer course is not equivalent to PHSC’s course prefix and number (ex. transfer course does not indicate BSC1085), then you will have to meet with an advisor to complete a course substitution.
  • Minimum of 16 hours in observation, volunteer service, or work experience in dentistry as verified by a dentist or dental hygienist, completed within the last 2 years of the application date.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a combined GPA of 2.5 or higher with at least a grade of “C” or higher (must be complete prior to applying for the program)
    • BSC 1085 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits)
    • BSC 1085L - Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
    • BSC 1086 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits)       
    • BSC 1086L - Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
    • MCB 2010 - Microbiology (3 credits)
    • MCB 2010L - Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
    • CHM 1025 - Introductory Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 1025L - Introductory Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
    • PSY 1012 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • SPC 2608 - Intro Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • Civic Literacy - Pre-requisite and Requirement
    • Students will need to complete one of the following courses for graduation purposes, as well as a pre-requisite to the Dental Hygiene program.
      • AMH 2020 - History of the United States II (3 credits)
      • POS 2041 - American Federal Government (3 credits)

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is projecting employment of dental hygienists to grow by 9%, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

Job Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics, hourly wages for entry-level hygienists starts at $25 per hour and increase to almost $36 per hour with experience.

Special Notice

Please see the sections below for more details on the accreditation, general information on the program and the state licensure. 

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program at PHSC is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. CODA can be reached for program verification information at:

Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) 
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Phone: 312-440-4653

General Information

  • This is a limited access program with 12-15 seats available per year with a new class starting every August.
  • This program requires a cumulative score of 70.0 on the HESI HP Admissions Assessment (HP A2) Exam. Please note the score is under review. The test is offered at PHSC Career Assessment and Testing offices.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease Statement

By the nature of the dental hygiene profession, students accepted into this program may be exposed to blood and body fluids while practicing dental hygiene skills or providing services during clinical, preclinical, and laboratory sessions. Policies and procedures are established to ensure a safe work environment and minimize disease transmission. Prospective students may request a copy of the policy on bloodborne infectious diseases by reaching out to the Dental Hygiene program.

Contact Us

For admissions-related questions, please email lahapps@phsc.edu or visit the admissions page.

State Licensure Information

To determine the state(s) in which the program meets or does not meet the requirements, or if PHSC was unable to determine if the program meets the licensing requirements, see below.

  • Meets: Florida
  • Does Not Meet: Not applicable.
  • Unable to Determine: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands