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Program Goals

  1. To comprehensively prepare dental hygiene graduates who possess the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to provide optimal dental hygiene care through demonstrated competence as defined by the “Florida Department of Education Student Performance Standards.”

  2. To promote self-evaluation and assessment of individual clinical performance. 

  3. To prepare students for licensure in the field of dental hygiene.

  4. To prepare students for certification in the Florida Expanded Functions.

  5. To meet the job market requirements of the community and the employment needs of the students.

  6. To provide counseling and encouragement for students to continue their education through lifelong learning.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.