Dental Hygiene, AS

The Dental Hygiene program is designed to prepare the student to practice as a licensed dental hygienist. A graduate of the program is eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board, and, upon successful completion of that board, is eligible to take a state board to obtain a state license.

Program Details

The program annually recruits a freshman class to begin in the Fall term. The program is comprised of general education courses, dental hygiene courses and clinical practice. The general education course work is acceptable from any accredited college. The dental hygiene core courses and clinical practice are offered only on the Lee Campus.

The student must purchase uniforms, an instrument kit, liability insurance, and books. There are fees for tuition, graduation, laboratory, clinic, licenses, and association dues.

Limited Admissions Program

The Dental Hygiene program has limited enrollment due to clinical facilities and accreditation standards. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the Health Professions office at (239) 489-9255. 

Continuing Education

The Dental Hygiene Program also provides the state-approved Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Course for eligible Registered Dental Hygienists who hold a current Florida license.


The Florida SouthWestern State College Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The next accreditation site visit for the Dental Hygiene program is scheduled for February 6-7, 2014.

Third-party comments relative to the Commission's accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and/or consumers. Click here for the procedure and form to submit comments.

Contact information:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 E. Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Telephone: 312-440-4653

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Program Contacts E-mail Phone
Karen Molumby, CDA, RDH, MBA
   Program Director

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