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.
The Dental Hygiene program is a selective-admissions program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Dental Hygiene Application Book.
For more information, contact:
Dental Hygiene Program Information Sessions
Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:
- 09/19/2022 - Virtual: Dental Hygiene Information Session
- 10/17/2022 - Virtual: Dental Hygiene Information Session
- 11/28/2022 - Virtual: Dental Hygiene Information Session
The application for the Summer B 2022 program will be available after January 3, 2022. The application deadline is April 22, 2022.
Prior to beginning the application process:
- Read the Dental Hygiene Application Booklet.
- Complete and submit the IRSC Health Science Application for the Dental Hygiene program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your receipt.)
Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.
Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida. Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) in the State of Florida is defined in, F.S., 466.023 and also includes possession of a valid form of identification. Please visit the Florida Department of Health website to ensure your eligibility.
If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in your state. Some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum. If you wish to take the National Board Dental Hygiene (NBDHE) exam in another state, contact the Board of Dentistry in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.
Completion of the Dental Hygiene program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) in Florida.
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
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. Learn more.
Academic Plan/Guided Pathway for Dental HygieneTo 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.