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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

Dental Hygiene Program Information Sessions

Free, Dental Hygiene program Information Sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program

The Summer 2019 program is full. The application for the Summer 2020 program will be available after January 1, 2020.

New students must first complete the online Application for Admission.

New and returning students must also follow these directions to complete and submit the Dental Hygiene Application prior to the application deadline.

  1. Sign into MyIRSC, and enter your Student ID and PIN number.
  2. Go to Registration (blue menu bar), and select Health Science Application.
  3. Place a check mark in the I Agree Statement.
  4. In the Health Science Program box, select Dental Hygiene. Application Deadline: this automatically fills in the program deadline date.
  5. Select Submit. Select OK.
  6. Select Pay Fee Now and then Pay Now.
  7. Select Process For Payment.
  8. Select $30 application fee.
  9. Enter credit card details.
  10. Submit payment.


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 and Forms


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.

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