How to Apply to EFSC's Dental Hygiene Program

Dental Hygiene is a two-year Associate in Science Degree Program with dental core classes beginning each May. Applicants are evaluated for admission based upon the Selection Criteria and Point System. For admission, students MUST satisfy program entrance requirements, including the program prerequisites of GENERAL BIOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY, and ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1 & 2.  All science courses must be completed with a "C" or better, within the past 10 years. Bonus points will be given for taking INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE and HUMAN NUTRITION prior to the application deadline.  Students who are currently enrolled in one of the above science courses at the application deadline may still be eligible to apply - see a Health Science Advisor.

Applicants are responsible for the submission and verification of all required information prior to the deadline date — February 15.  

Following the application deadline, files are closed to additional information and sent to the Admissions Committee for selection. Incomplete files will not be considered for program admission. All applicants will be notified by mail of their status in the program, approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the application deadline.

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See a Health Science Advisor 

See a Health Science Advisor to set up an academic plan to ensure that the required coursework and testing is completed before the application deadline.  In addition, seeing a Health Science Advisor just before the application deadline for an Advising Session is mandatory for program acceptance.

Verify EFSC General Admissions Status (Current, New, or Returning)

Students must be current students at Eastern Florida State College before they can apply to the Dental Hygiene program. 

NEW STUDENTS:  For students new to EFSC, complete the EFSC online application for admission prior to the Dental Hygiene program application deadline. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be paid before the application can be processed.

Please note that application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

In addition, new EFSC students need to

  • Submit official High School Transcripts (or GED scores) to General Admissions.
  • Submit official transcripts from any and all colleges attended prior to EFSC (if applicable)
  • Provide FL Residency documentation, complete the New Student Orientation, and finalize any other EFSC General Admissions requirements.

RETURNING STUDENTS:  Returning/readmit students who have not completed a course in the past year must also re-apply online.  There is no application fee for a readmit application. Readmit Students need to

  • Submit official transcripts from any and all colleges attended since their last enrollment at EFSC (if applicable).
  • Provide FL Residency documentation, and complete any other EFSC General Admissions requirements.

CURRENT STUDENTS: Current Students may move on to the next step.

Take Prerequisite Classes and Complete Observation Hours

Students must complete General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, and Microbiology before applying to the Dental Hygiene program. Taking Introduction to Healthcare and Nutrition will earn bonus points. The General Education courses should also be completed prior to program start to lessen the course load once enrolled in the Dental Hygiene core classes.

Students must also complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation of a Dental Hygienist before the application deadline as evidenced on the observation form.

Complete Online Dental Hygiene Application

Complete and submit the online Health Sciences Institute Application to apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Applicants must also submit a $25 non-refundable application fee. The application fee must be paid online or to the Student Accounts Business Office by the application deadline.

Submit Transcripts to Health Science Admissions

An UNOFFICIAL copy of each and every college transcript is required with the Dental Hygiene application. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed from EFSC's myGPS Degree Audit tool or at the state's Florida Shines website. Students are responsible for providing all unofficial transcripts, including EFSC, to the Health Sciences Admissions office.

Take the TEAS Test

The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Test is required. Applicants must earn 58% on the overall score to be considered. Points will be awarded for scores above 60%. The TEAS may only be taken once per year and scores are valid for 2 years. Please see the College's TEAS Testing information (fee applies). ALL applicants must submit a copy of their TEAS scores to the Health Science Admissions Office before the application deadline.

Submit Application Materials and Review Critical Information

Submit the following documents to the Health Science Admissions office by the application deadline:

  • Performance Standards form for dental hygiene employment and necessary for successful progression and graduation.
  • Dental Experience Form (if applicable)
  • Healthcare Experience Form (if applicable)
  • Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Exam scores (if applicable)
  • Expanded Functions Certificate (if applicable)
  • Dental Hygienist Shadowing Form (mandatory)   
  • Advising card / point sheet (mandatory)
  • Unofficial Transcripts from EFSC and any other colleges attended (mandatory)
  • TEAS scores (mandatory)                                                          

Review the following information on the Dental Hygiene website:

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.