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A dental student cleaning fake teeth.

Who We Are

The Dental Hygiene Program is the development of professional, ethical, and competent members of the oral health team who provide quality, patient-centered care to diverse population groups in a variety of health care settings. The Dental Hygiene Program is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, emphasizing student success.

Application Details

The Dental Hygiene Program is a limited access program which admits sixteen (16) students each year. Applications are accepted once a year during the month of February (February 1-28). The applicant must have completed eight (8) observation hours of a dental hygienist; taken the TEAS test and met the minimal scores; and completed the five prerequisite courses before submitting an application. 

For more information on our program, please click on the links below.

Dental Hygiene Application Update 12/17/2021

February 2022 Applicants: This new civic literacy competency requirement does not apply to you. You are still required to take SPC 2608 as a required course in the Dental Hygiene Program.

February 2023 Applicants: Students planning on applying to the Program in February 2023 must take AMH 2020 U.S. History 1865 to Present or POS 2041 American Federal Government to satisfy the Florida Department of Education’s civic literacy competency graduation requirement. The Dental Hygiene Program will no longer require SPC 2608 Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills. This course will be replaced with one of the civic literacy options to maintain the Program at 88 credits. Please contact an Advisor if you have any questions regarding this new curriculum requirement.

Professional Student Opportunities

American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)

ADHA is the largest national United States organization representing the professional interests of dental hygienists across the country.

Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association (FDHA)

FDHA is the state organization representing the professional interests of Florida licensed dental hygienists.

empty work station in the Dental Hygiene Clinic

Dental Hygiene Clinic

SMILE! Get your teeth cleaned and x-rays taken at a discount in DSC Dental Hygiene Program’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Only on the DeLand campus.

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Additional Information about the Degree


The 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 Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is

Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates and bachelor’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Key Dates

Key Dates


Application Period

End of April

Decision Letters Mailed

July 2022

Classes Begin - Summer B