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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists work with dentists to help patients maintain and improve their oral health and quality of life. They examine the mouth; scale, root plane, clean and polish teeth; and expose and interpret x-rays.

Once You Complete the Program

Students completing their IRSC degree can expect to take the Dental Hygiene National and State Licensure Board examinations and seek employment in a private dental office, public health agency, school system, hospital or clinic.

Getting Started

The Dental Hygiene program is a selective admission program.  Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Dental Hygiene Application Book.

For more information, contact:
Marta Ferguson
772-462-7523
mferguso@irsc.edu

Dental Hygiene Program Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program

The Summer program is full. The application for the Summer 2021 program will be available after January 4, 2021.

Health Science Application Process

  1. Complete the IRSC Pre-Admission Questionnaire.
  2. Create an Account/Sign in to your account (this is NOT your Pioneer Portal Account).
  3. Submit your payment for the application fee (this will open a new window).
  4. Go back to your original application window, place a check mark in the box if you have read and understand the information and then click on Submit.
  5. An email will be sent to the email address you provided when you created the account.
  6. Use this link to access your application and upload additional application materials required.

IN-PROGRESS APPLICATIONS

To complete an in-progress application, return to the IRSC's Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of Not Submitted. Click on the link to complete it.

APPLICATION REVIEW

To review your application status, return to the IRSC's Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications – click on it to see actions required.

Accreditation

The Indian River State College Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

IRSC Dental Clinic and Services

The Dental programs at IRSC offer dental services for individuals seeking dental care.  Services are available to patients of all ages and are by appointment only.  IRSC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students are in training under the direction of experienced and licensed faculty which may result in longer appointment times.  Services are offered at reduced prices.  For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the IRSC Dental Clinic 772-462-7529.

Additional Program Information

HOSA

This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team.  Join now.

Academic Plan/Guided Pathway for Dental Hygiene

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Associate of Science

With an Associate of Science Degree from IRSC, you’ll be well-prepared for a professional career as a dental hygienist.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes. Educational requirements vary by career.
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