Dental Hygiene


Only Dental Hygiene Program in Alaska  

14 Students Selected Each Year for the Full-Major Program  

40 Applicants Each Year for the Full-Major Program 

High Employer Satisfaction 

Program overview

  • Program has two tracks:  one for new students looking to become registered dental hygienists and a bachelor's degree completion program for currently licensed hygienists.
  • 120-credit bachelor's degree that takes approximately 4 years of full-time enrollment
  • Annual, competitive selection process
  • Full-major program starts every spring semester (January)
  • Full-time enrollment on the UAA Anchorage campus required for two and a half (2.5) years
  • Students complete clinicals in our on-campus dental clinic.


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.

Message from the Director

Greetings from the UAA Dental Hygiene Program!  This is an exciting time for our program as we are shifting our entry level program from an associate level to baccalaureate (bachelor degree).  Admission to our AAS degree has been suspended and all new students interested in becoming dental hygienists should register as pre-majors for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. Once selected into the full-major program, students can expect about 40 hours a week for classes and other activities such as clinical observations and documentation, grading radiographs, case studies, and instrumentation practice.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding profession that allows clinicians to help people improve their oral health.   Many health care providers enjoy volunteering around the world and dental hygienists have skills that can be used in in this way to aid those who have little access to dental care.  If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to become a dental hygienist, we welcome you to look through our website and contact us if you have more questions.

Sandra Pence, MS, RDH