Dental Hygiene Program
The registered dental hygienist is a licensed oral health educator and clinical operator who, as part of the dental team, uses preventive, educational, and therapeutic methods which aid individuals and groups to attain and maintain optimum oral health. Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consumer advocates, sales and marketing managers, editors, and consultants. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, or nursing homes.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. The Associate of Applied Science degree is a three-year endeavor comprising one year of science and general education courses and two years of course work in dental hygiene. The program prepares graduates clinically and academically to take the National and Western Regional Examining Boards for licensure.
Application for obtaining an Alaska dental hygiene license requires information concerning illegal activity, crimes, hospitalization history regarding emotional or mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism and contagious diseases. If these are issues for the applicant it is highly recommended the applicant contact the Alaska Department of Occupational Licensing or a similar government agency in any state in which the applicant wants to practice. The UAA Dental Program application requires information concerning disciplinary actions taken at any university or college.
Transfer of credits may be possible for graduates of an ADA accredited dental assisting program. Contact the Dental Hygiene program advisor for details.
Some expenses beyond tuition generally include activity fees, instruments, uniforms, lab fees, student organization membership, graduation pin, immunizations, cost of Basic Life Support class, licensure fees, student health insurance, and malpractice insurance for the Western Regional Examining Boards and professional liability insurance.
Once enrolled as a dental hygiene student, the student can anticipate a four-semester, 40-hour-per-week endeavor. Some evening classes and clinics are scheduled.Review the web version of our Dental Hygiene brochure for more information.
Department Admission Information
The admittance process is competitive. The information given here is for general guidance only. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the Dental Hygiene Program. Due to accreditation requirements, a limited number of positions are available for each entering class. Because of the limited class size, some fully qualified applicants cannot be accepted. All applicants MUST meet with the Dental Hygiene Program faculty advisor to review the applicant file and current selection criteria. For full application instructions please go to the following link: Dental Hygiene Admission Requirements & Procedure page.
The application deadline is:
4:00 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013.
HOBET V Exam
The HOBET exam is administered through UAA's Advising and Testing Center. Testing availability is on a walk-in basis. The test will take approximately 3 hours. Students must start the test no later than 10 a.m. The cost is $50. For additional information about the exam, please visit the Advising and Testing Center's HOBET exam website or call 907.786.4500.
All applicants who receive an interview offer must be available to interview face-to-face with the interview panel on the UAA Anchorage campus.
Selection for the Fall 2013 UAA Dental Hygiene Program will be held May 7th & 8th.
Math A105 Required for CHEM A103
Intermediate Algebra (MATH A105) is a prerequisite for Survey of Chemistry (CHEM A103). You must take MATH A105 (or test out of it) in order to take CHEM A103. For other eligibility requirements please contact the chemistry department at 786.1238.
Applicants are encouraged to take math prerequisite coursework during the summer in order to take the other dental hygiene prerequisite coursework the following fall and spring semesters.