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Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene


As of Spring 2018, we are now offering exclusively an entry-level bachelor's degree. The UAA Dental Hygiene Program is a 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree program.  The program takes approximately four years of full-time enrollment to complete-- one year of prerequisite courses, 1 semester of general education/electives during the fall selection semester, and 2 1/2 years in the full-major program.   The admittance process is competitive due to a limited number of positions available for each class. This degree program prepares students to sit for the ADA National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (written examination) and the WREB Dental Hygiene Examination (clinical examination), and the WREB Anesthesia Examination (written and clinical) so that they are able to work in the dental hygiene field.

Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the Dental Hygiene full-major program.  Some fully qualified applicants may not be accepted.  For full application instructions please review the information on the How and When to Apply webpage.

For full-information about our degree program and student learning outcomes, please review the UAA Catalog.

  • Prerequisite Requirements

    Complete science prerequisite courses with a grade 'C' or better by the program application deadline:

      • BIOL A111/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
      • BIOL A112/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
      • BIOL A240/L  Microbiology for Health Sciences (4 credits)*
      • CHEM A103 Survey of Chemistry (3) and CHEM A103L Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)* or CHEM A105 General Chemistry I (3 credits) and CHEM A105L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
      • CHEM A104 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (3 credits)) and CHEM A104L Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)*

    Complete non-science prerequisite courses with a grade 'C' or better by the program application deadline:

      • COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, COMM A235 Small Group Communication, COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication, or COMM A241 Public Speaking (3 credits)
      • WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts, WRTG A211 Writing and the Humanities, WRTG A212 Writing and the Professions (recommended), WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences, OR WRTG A214 Arguing Across Contexts (3 credits)
      • SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology or SOC A201 Social Problems and Solutions
      • PSY A111 Introduction to Psychology or PSY A150 Lifespan Development
  • General Education Requirements

    In order to be eligible for graduation, applicants must also complete the following general education requirements.  Students are encouraged to take their 200-level WRTG GER requirement, STAT requirement, and DN A203 in the Fall selection semester.

    • For the Written Communications Skills GER, WRTG A212 Professional Writing (3 credits) is recommended
    • DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences
    • STAT A200 Elementary Statistics (3 credits) or STAT A253 Applied Statistics for the Sciences (4 credits)
    • Three credits of Fine Arts General Education Requirements*
    • Six credits of Humanities General Education Requirements*
    • Alaska Native themed GER (can be met through another category and "double count")

    *Students are encouraged to take some of the Fine Arts or Humanities GER requirements during the fall semester prior to beginning the program, or the first semester in the Dental Hygiene program as listed in the major requirements course sequence below.

  • Major Requirements

    Once selected into the full-major program, students will complete remaining major requirements in a preset course sequence as listed below.  

    Spring Semester (1st semester in program) Fall Semester (2nd semester in program)

    DH A201 Oral Embryology and Histology (2 credits

    DH A200 Basic Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists (2 credits)

    DH A220 Introduction to Preventive Dentistry (2 credits)

    DH A204 Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures (2 credits)

    Fine Arts GER (3 credits)

    Humanities GER (3-4 credits)

    DA A110/L Dental Radiography (4 credits

    DH A203 Assessment Procedures in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)

    DH A222 Adjunctive Techniques for Dental Hygienists (3 credits)

    DH A292E Preclinical Seminar (1 credit)

    DH A311 Periodontics (2 credits)

    DH A365 Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists (2 credits)

    Spring Semester (3rd semester in program) Fall Semester (4th semester in program)

    DA A160 Materials in Dentistry (3 credits)

    DA A292D Clinical Seminar I (1 credit)

    DH A295D Clinical Practicum I (4 credits)

    DH A302 Advanced Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists (1 credit)

    DH A314 Pathology of the Oral Tissues (2 credits)

    DH 321 Current Periodontal Therapies (2 credits)

    DH A310 Oral Pain Control (3 credits)

    DH A316 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice (1 credit)

    DH A324 Community Dental Health I (2 credits)

    DH A392C Clinical Seminar II (1 credit)

    DH 395C Clinical Practicum II (5 credits)

    S/elective (3-5 credits depending on summer enrollment)

    Spring Semester (5th and final semester of program)

    DH A392D Clinical Seminar III (1 credit)

    DH A395D Clinical Practicum III (6 credits)

    DH A424 Community Dental Health II (3 credits) 

    S/elective (3-5 credits depending on summer enrollment)

  • Degree Completion for Licensed Dental Hygienists

    UAA now offers non-traditional credit for certified experience.  This exciting opportunity awards eligible hygienists offers students the ability to waive lower division dental hygiene credits and apply for 18 upper division credits through a non-traditional credit process.  The Nontraditional Credit Certified Experience form can be found here.



A total of 120 credits is required for the degree