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Hodges University is currently awaiting notification of Initial Accreditation from the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by March 2022. Upon receiving initial accreditation, Hodges University will accept applications beginning March 15, 2022 for its Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program. For additional information and application procedures, please contact Admissions at 239-938-7744 or email:

Be a Dental Hygienist

In just four semesters, you’ll have the knowledge and master the skills needed to be a Dental Hygienist. Your journey to earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene starts with class instruction. You’ll learn from dentists and dental hygienists that want to share their experience and knowledge with you. The hands on classes feature the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art dental lab, where you’ll apply what you learn. From there, you’ll have the chance to treat patients in our modern dental clinic.

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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Patient-Centered Care

Under the direction of a Dentist and Dental Hygienist, you may

  • Treat patients by performing dental cleanings
  • Screen patients for oral disease
  • Sterilize equipment
  • Prepare trays for oral impressions
  • Take X-Rays


  • Cohort classes and clinic time on campus, Monday – Friday 8:30a-5:30
  • Limited enrollment, fast-paced, accelerated program
  • Dental enrichment experience in Naples, Fort Myers, and the surrounding area
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Why Dental Hygiene at Hodges?

  • This accelerated program can be completed in less than four years
  • The AA in Pre-Dental is offered 100% online or blended
  • You’ll receive hands-on training in our new state-of-the-art dental lab and dental clinic in our modern Health Sciences building
  • Our faculty are passionate about sharing their expertise and real world knowledge with you

A Rewarding, In-Demand Career

The need for Dental Hygienists is great!

  • Demand is expected to grow 11% through the year 2030*
  • Florida is one the top states that needs Dental Hygienists**
  • Average annual salary: $67,870**
*US Bureau of Labor Statistics **US Bureau of Labor Statistics dental hygenist working on a child Degree Sequence

How Do I Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program?

Dental Hygiene Program Admission Requirements

You can apply to the Dental Hygiene Core once you have met certain criteria and have successfully completed the prerequisite courses. These criteria include:

  • Submission of an application to Hodges University
  • A GPA of 2.5 for all of the prerequisite courses listed within the Pre-Dental Hygiene Core

Once you have met the entry requirements, you can submit the secondary application to the Dental Hygiene Program. We’ll contact you to begin the secondary admissions process, which includes:

  • An interview with Dental Hygiene and other Health Science faculty and a manual dexterity test
  • Writing an essay on a selected topic given to you at that time. The essay must be one page in length and you have one hour to complete it.

Applicants will be told of their status approximately three weeks after the interview, dexterity testing, and essay have been completed. If accepted, prospective students will be conditionally admitted pending their Level II Criminal Background Check with finger printing, a physical examination, immunization record documentation, drug screening, and final grades.

Tuition for this program includes instruments, text books, and two sets of scrubs. Additional student expenses include dental loops with a light, blood pressure cuffs with stethoscope, and licensing exam fees.

Hodges University Dental Hygiene Program Accreditation

(CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. 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

Hodges University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Let’s Get Started in Dental Hygiene Today! We know you can do this.

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Important Info

Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include but are not limited to the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.

Click here to read more on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Website

Hodges University and the Hodges University Dental Hygiene Program takes the responsibility to be compliant with all institutional policies and applicable regulations of local, state, and federal agencies including, but not limited to radiation hygiene and protection, ionizing radiation, hazardous materials, and bloodborne and infectious diseases.

Hodges University has documented guidelines consistent with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Dental Hygiene Program Handbook and Procedures Manual and continuously monitors compliance in order to minimize risk to safety, health, and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and clients.

Any additional questions concerning the policies of Hodges University or the Hodges University Dental Hygiene Program may be directed to the respective department.

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