The UAA Dental Hygiene program prepares students to become registered dental hygienists. Starting with our next selection, we will no longer offer the AAS Degree and will only offer a 120-credit bachelor degree for entry-level students wishing to become dental hygienists.
Current AAS Dental Hygiene graduates may also complete the BSDH if degree requirements are fulfilled—see a program advisor to determine outstanding degree requirements and develop a degree plan. The Dental Hygiene program will select students each fall to start dental hygiene courses in the following spring. Students completing prerequisite or general degree requirements can begin taking courses in any academic semester.
What is a dental hygienist?
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.
AAS vs BS?
NOTICE: We are suspending admission to the AAS program as soon as our current full-major student enrollment is finalized. All new students should register for the BS Dental Hygiene degree. We will NOT be admitting another AAS class and will work with current AAS pre-major students to answer application questions. The next selection will be for entry-level BSDH and will be held in early fall 2018 with selected students beginning the Dental Hygiene Program in January 2019. Prerequisite courses will remain the same, except labs for chemistry and microbiology will be required (CHEM A103L or CHEM A105L, CHEM A104L, and BIOL A240—microbiology lecture with lab). Because selection is moving from spring to fall, students may take UA system prerequisite courses through the summer as long as they are completed and grades are posted by the application deadline of September 1. Online applications should be available by May 15.
We have information posted in the Entry-Level BSDH Advising PowerPoint and have a tentative course sequence available in the BSDH Advising Syllabus so applicants can see what is planned. PLEASE NOTE that due to curriculum revision and website reconstruction plans, these documents are drafts but are posted to provide as much information on this transition to students as possible. If you have additional questions, please contact the program at 786-6936.
AAS Dental Hygiene graduates should still be able to complete the BS Dental Hygiene degree.
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