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First and Only Entry-Level Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene

Hodges Dental Hygienist School in Florida

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Be a Dental Hygienist

A Bachelor's Degree in dental hygiene opens a wide range of career opportunities, including:

  • Clinical dental hygiene practice.
  • Teaching at the Associate's Degree level in Dental Programs.
  • Exploring the many avenues of dental research.
  • Capitalizing on your dental expertise for dental sales.

In just four semesters, you’ll master the in-demand skills needed to be a Dental Hygienist.

Your journey to earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene starts with taking classes in our state of the art dental lab. You will learn from dentists and dental hygienists that want to share their experience and knowledge with you.

From there, you’ll have the chance to treat patients in our new, modern dental clinic in Fort Myers, Florida.

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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
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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
  • Provide preventative care
  • Take X-Rays


  • Cohort classes and clinic time on campus, Monday – Friday 8:30a-5:30p
  • Our dental hygienist program is a fast-paced, accelerated program
  • Dental enrichment experience near Southwest Florida
  • Our Dental Hygienist school is near many in the Southwest Florida area.
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How much does a Dental Hygienist make?

How Long does it Take to Become a Dental Hygienist?

At Hodges University, you can graduate with your Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene in under four years. This unlike all other dental hygiene schools in Florida. Our program at Hodges is the first and only accelerated Bachelor's degree dental hygienist program in the state of Florida.

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How Do I Enroll in the Dental Hygiene Program?

Students must first complete several prerequisite courses before applying to the limited-enrollment Dental Hygiene Program. These courses may be completed individually or as part of an AA in Health Sciences. Please note, having completed the AA in Health Sciences program at Hodges University makes you an excellent candidate for the Dental Hygiene Program, but it's not a guaranteed acceptance.

For detailed Program information, click here to review the Dental Hygiene Program Fact Sheet.

The first step is to apply to Hodges University by clicking the button below.

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The next step is to complete the Dental Hygiene Application by clicking below

Then Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

Then submit your official transcripts by submitting online, or by mail to 4501 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33966.

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).

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Important Info

The program for Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of initial accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation may be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:

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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