Dental Hygiene - A.S. Program


Dental Hygiene

Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program at Gulf Coast State College. These pages provide an overview of the program and a survey of program

The Dental Hygiene program is a limited access program. A selective admissions policy and specific selection criteria are used select the most qualified applicants. The strength of the applicant pool varies year to year, with the best qualified applicants receiving first consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire about these specific admission and selection criteria and to ensure that all required documents are received on campus prior to the published deadline.

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Dental Hygiene

The faculty at Gulf Coast State College are like family to me now. I learned so much about Dental Hygiene from them. The clinical experiences during the program gave me the skills I needed to become a Registered Dental Hygienist!
– Registered Dental Hygienist in a private dental practice

What does a dental hygienist do?

The dental hygienist is a licensed member of the dental health team, dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health and preventing dental disease.  Although the tasks performed by a hygienist vary from state to state, the main one are:

  • Removing calculus and biofilm plaque (hard and soft deposits) above and below the gum-line
  • Assessing and charting the teeth and oral structures
  • Exposing, processing, and labeling dental radiographs
  • Providing oral hygiene instructions
  • Providing dietary analysis and counseling services
  • Applying cavity-prevention agents, such as fluoride and sealants
  • Working with special population groups such as the elderly and the mentally or physically handicapped
  • Performing the Expanded Functions legally allowable in Florida 


  • If you haven’t already been to Gulf Coast’s Panama City campus, you should know that we’re located right on the Gulf Coast shoreline, with many great views of the water. Schedule a campus tour.
  • Gulf Coast State College’s dental programs also have an on site, state of the art dental clinic.
  • Our dental faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you through the rough spots along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.

How do I apply to the Dental hygiene program?

To apply to the dental hygiene degree program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and an application to the Division of Health Sciences on the Panama City campus.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog more information about the Dental Hygiene Program.

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.


Classes are starting soon. Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

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Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement
Literature See General Education Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Biological Science •+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •*PSY2012, Psychology 3
Major Courses
•*SYG2000, Sociology 3
+*BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
+*BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
+*MCB2004, Microbiology 3
+*MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
*HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
*SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking 3
+*#DES1000, Dental Anatomy 2
+*#DES1010, Head and Neck Anatomy 2
+*#DES1100C, Dental Materials 3
+*#DES1200, Dental Radiology I 2
+*#DES1200L, Dental Radiology I Lab 1
+*#DES1201, Dental Radiology II 1
+*#DES1201L, Dental Radiology II Lab 1
+*#DES1832, Expanded Functions 1
+*#DES1832L, Expanded Functions Lab 1
+*#DEH1002, Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene 3
+*#DEH1002L, Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinical Procedures 3
+*#DEH1130, Oral Histology and Embryology 2
+*#DEH1400, Oral Pathology 2
+*#DEH1800, Dental Hygiene I 2
+*#DEH1800L, Dental Hygiene Clinical I 5
+*#DEH1802, Dental Hygiene II 1
+*#DEH1802L, Dental Hygiene Clinical II 2
*#DEH2300, Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
+*#DEH2602, Periodontology 2
+*#DEH2702, Community Dental Health 2
+*#DEH2702L, Community Dental Health Lab 1
+*#DEH2804, Dental Hygiene III 2
+*#DEH2804L, Dental Hygiene Clinical III 5
+*#DEH2806, Dental Hygiene IV 2
+*#DEH2806L, Dental Hygiene Clinical IV 5



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Contact AN ADVISor

Miranda Stewart
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

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Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences